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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.
Pros: Smart key and mileage
Cons: Driver position and harsh bumps with the larger tires.
Advice: So far so good - don't expect a sports car and be willing to pay a high price for the extras.We've put almost 3000 miles on our Prius V. We love the look, the mileage and the driveability. We opted for the V knowing that because of the larger tires our mileage and comfort might suffer, but we're happy with the trade off. We're averaging about 42 overall and the ride is rough over bumpy roads. The handling is super with the larger tires. Overall so far so good. The interior is very spacious, more so than our '02 Camry. The Smart Key is great and the back up camera works well - you need it because rear visability is not good. I'm having a hard time adjusting to the lower seat position of the driver, you have no idea where the front end of the car is!! I'm sure it's that way in most newer vehicles. Overall we are enjoying the Prius. The biggest drawback is the price of the V - ouch!
Pros: gas mileage
Cons: cloth seats
Advice: Don't wait...you don't know what you're missing!FANTASTIC!!! This is our second Prius and recommend it to everyone. Have taken trips to California, Florida, Ohio. So comfortable and roomy. Our 2005 was good, but didn't have leather so we traded up.
Pros: The miserly gas feature
Cons: Getting used to smaller car
Advice: Get used to a new experience of drivingI am still in the 'new car stage' but I can say that I really like this car so far. It takes a new mind set to get used to it, but I like the idea of driving a greener car. I have no complaints so far, only admiration for a truly uniqe automobile.
Pros: Hybrid Drive
Advice: Don't Upgrade the Navigation System Until They Don't Disable the Workaround.These are things I don't like and Toyota has been resistant to customer input. In later models Toyota does not allow a workaround so passenger can use the navigation system while moving as Honda does. A power and more comfortable driver's seat would be nice. I solved this by getting an inflatable seat cushion from Thermarest. Toyota should offer a electrical grid plugable option. There are available hard fixes, but Toyota voids the warrantee if you use them. I am writing this negative review as part of a customer campaign for Toyota to give customers a choice. Otherwise I love the car.
Pros: Smart key entry
Cons: VERY HIGH EMF
Advice: Beware of the high EMF if you have kids.The test drive was great. We fell in love w/ this car. My husband and I did research on the internet for safety and reliablity and everything seem to come back great. We purchased this vehicle July 2, 07. However after buy and reading the owner manual about the high voltage cable under the left rear passanger and driver seat we wonder about EMF. After some research and digging around we decided to test our car where my newborn sits. The backseat is over 24 mG (not sure the actual since that is as high as it will go) 2 - 3 MG is considered safe for kids. I asked Toyota to shield the car and they declined to do so. And stated the car is safe since it has been on the road for 10 years. Cancers and leukemia can take longer then 10 years to show. They would not tell me what they consider safe for EMF and children. I'm very disappointed since other manufactures have been willing to to shield vehicles if