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Practical Commuter Car
Pros: Gas Mileage
Cons: Lack of PowerGreat on gas and comfort. Easy to maintain and a quiet, comfortable drive. It has all of the features you want in a commuter car. Don't look for performance, you're not taking anyone off a stop light or a freeway entrance.
66 years experience
Cons: nothingFinally found the perfect sensible car.....
GREAT HYBRID VEHICLE, VERY PLEASED!
Cons: noisey under accelerationMy only complaints are: noisy under acceleration, telescopic steering wheel would make it even more comfortable and a seat that can be lowered and raised and the brakes are very touchy, not smooth and predictable. But very impressed otherwise, good value.
Some what of a disappointment
Cons: rideI was able to spend several hours in a 2009 Toyota Prius, and was somewhat disappointed. Road noise was much louder than expected, and the ride was not as good as you would expect from a $26,000.00 car. It was not as refined as one might hope, considering all of the hype about how quiet the car is. Admittedly, the engine starting up was almost imperceptible , but there was a slight shake as the engine shut down at a light. The car seemed to wallow more than expected with three passengers, perhaps because of the weight of the battery. Performance was acceptable. My thoughts are that the car, considering how complex it is would be a good choice for those who trade in every few years. For those of us who keep their cars for years, and put well over 100,000 miles on them, the cost consequences of repair of the complex drive line, relays, battery, and controls might make considering a simpler, less complex fuel efficient design, such as the VW Diesel vehicles a more appropriate choice.
Pros: Handles OK and still beats 21 mpg.
Cons: Ridiculous price for options. Floor Mats set $200 for an econony car same price as Camry!
Advice: Be ready to have no trade value after 2 years especially with all the recalls!!!Our 2010 Prius mpg sucks! Winter is probably the culprit according to dealer service manager! 38 low to 42 max mix of driving is mainly suburban and city where mpg is supposed to be over 50. Wife had to have it got the one with sunroof. Bunch of bull having to pay for other options you don't want to get it. Toyota sticks it to the customer on unneccassary accessories. Third Prius we have had and none ever averaged close to their ratings. Have a 2009 RAV4 4 cylinder getting close to 25mpg higher seating and just as comfortable.
Pros: The sometimes good mileage during warmer weather.
Cons: Ice and snow packed into wheel well. Wiper blades with ice. Finding tires that last.
Advice: Check cost for service every few thousand milesWhen my 2005 Prius reached the 60K (at 58K final inspection,water was found under vehicel and service was unable to find where this came from) miles things went bad. I contacted Toyota about some of the concerns and now over 11 Months no response however,I did get a concern Number with no followup on their part. I did send the Water Pump into toyota for their inspection because of the low miles. Water Pump out at 61K Miles = Just under $500 for repair and they forgot to fill with antifrz. Drove 25 miles with no heat, called & told to return, Toyota said...may be stat. Investigation... I had to add to radiator and hoped nothing else happened when driving the 25 miles. Lights leveler stopped working on low level. Just under $400.00 to repair excluding labor. I disconnected, now on high level. This leveler should be on recall for quality. Key (silver) entrance quit working. Wanted 85 dollars to look for problem. I, by error, found a switch controlling this problem, they just would not inform me about this switch or maybe dealers just don't know about it. Not a cold weather vehicle in the snow. I am really afraid to return to dealer, just waiting for new major problems.
Pros: great milage, smart key, looks, car come pretty loaded up
Cons: armrests, dash lights
Advice: get yourself a couple of weeks to get use to the car. Also watch the dvd that comes with the car.We have put on about 3500 miles on our red 2010 Toyota Prius. The car has managed over 51 mpg since we have had the car. I love the way it drives and handles. It really moves out when passing on a two lane road. The Prius comes pretty loaded up, which includes many safety options. I feel it is a great looking car and also love the interior. Toyota could improve all the dash lighting by making them brighter and maybe a different colors. If you are wearing sunglasses it can be hard to see some of the information, even with the dash lights turned all the way up. The other thing I would like to see improved is the armrests, they could us more padding. Other than that we love the car.