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Pros: Smart Key System
Advice: This is a very smart buyWe LOVE this car. It is sleek, smart and practical.
Pros: MPG, all controls on stearing wheel, maintenance reminder calendar
Cons: Rear window divides and too small rear wiper. Stearing wheel control lights too dim at night
Advice: Go and test drive one. Then realize that rabbit starts and stops must end to maximize mpgI bought my Prius in Jan. 2005 and have almost 20,000 miles on it. It has surpassed my expectations. In warmer weather I average anywhere from 50 to 55mpg and in the colder months around 48mpg. I have passing power even going up steep inclines. You do have to lose the rabbit starts and stops to maximize the gas mileage but it is well worth it. Smooth ride and very quite and quite comfortable. The rear window will take some getting used to. I'm sold and am waiting for the hybrid van line up for my next family vehical purchase.
Pros: MPG, MPG, MPG plus excellent interior space and reasonable pick-up speed
Cons: Interior material (plastic and texture) for dash and doors
Advice: Watch out for tailgaters! Some can't stand seeing a Prius driving in the fast lane @ any speedExcellently designed and built. I believe Toyota has put tremendous amount of effort to insure that the Prius is of the highest quality to eliminate any fear/objection of the hybrid technology from the public. I had some concerns before I bought my Prius about 'false advertisement' on MPG. Now that I had put a few full tanks in my new Prius, I can attest that the car can definitely achieve the 61/55mpg as advertised, or at least be very close to it. For those who got less, I would attribute that to the style of their driving, the speed they need to sustain and the topology they need to drive on. My average is 54.5 mpg, mostly freeway driving at 65-70 mph. I know I can easily get over 60 mpg in city if I drive carefully.
Pros: The outstanding mileage!
Cons: The divided rear window and the small rear wiper blade
Advice: Once you buy one Prius you'll want one for your spouse too!Over the course of the last twenty-five years I have owned several cars; my first being a Toyota Corolla liftback (1980) which I loved. This car is by far the best car I have owned inclusive of that one! It provides a very comfortable ride, gets excellent mileage and has been a real work-horse as well. The roomy interior seats five comfortably, the ride is smooth and quiet, the car makes great use of available space and the controls are for the most part very well laid out in a logical and ergonomic manner. Of the hybrids I tested, only the the Honda Accord had more 'pep' and all the Honda models were partial hybrids at that. Hands down, Toyota has done it yet again leading the field with Hybrid technology! I now have over 8000 miles on this car since I purchased it in April 2005 and have taken it on numerous long trips and it perfomed wonderfully, at times exceeding my expectations, I even purchased a roof rack and hauled a 16' canoe on top with a load of gear in back and some passangers and still averaged about 37 mpg over the course of a ten-hour roundtrip distance camping trip. On an eight-hour trip to downstate New York I averaged 56 mpg and 47 mpg on the return trip (up hill). I have no doubt, once I master the best driving technique I will improve on those figures substantially. Hopefully American automotive makers will quickly catch on and either start producing reasonable fuel-cell cars or make giant leaps in hybrid technology. Either way, they have a long way to catch-up to Toyota which seems to be leading the pack in quality hybrids cars & customer service.
Pros: MPG, Navigation Feature, Leather Seat, heck, everything.
Cons: Blind spot of driver's left shoulder.
Advice: Buy it for the MPG, you'll enjoy everything else about it.OH WHAT A FEELING! Talk about timing, I purchased my new Prius the middle of August, option 6 w/ Leather, Tideland Pearl. The dealer had to order it for me, it took 10 days. I received it on August 22 (Gas $2.49), today, (Gas $3.49). I just hit 1000 miles and my MPG has steadily improved....currently getting 55 MPG in the City. The thing about a Prius is that you do learn how to drive again as you play the game........how many more miles per gallon can I get? I no longer stomp on the gas at lights and don't mind the snail crawl pace of traffic jams (its all electric at low speeds). With leather, it looks like a luxury car and has lots of room inside. Love it!
Cons: Slight limitations to vision on some in town corners (thick windshield pillar)
Advice: Order one! Mine took 9 1/2 months to arrive (group 4 options)This is the most phenomenal car I've ever owned bar none. If you have any interest in a car that is flexible enough to be a good commuter, family car, utility carrier (up to logical limits) and is fun to drive, then go no further. With gas prices surely going up on a permanent basis, how could anyone consider anything else but a hybrid? The Prius is smooth, quiet, rides well (considering the horrid state of Michigan roads - not the fault of the Prius!) and of course, economical. I think that since I have vehicle stability control, that I'll be getting snow tires but I do this now for my wife's car, along with winter wipers.
Pros: smart key
Cons: no auto seats and leather and auto door locks
Advice: A great buy. 45mpg is goodThis is the future. I only hope that more people and auto makers relize that we can't go on and try to get cheap oil from places that really don't like us. Come on auto makers, help the world and develope more cars and trucks like this.