The Toyota Prius is a full hybrid electric mid-size hatchback, formerly a compact sedan, developed and manufactured by Toyota.see more...
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- "Not only do I get phenomenal gas mileage, It's surprisingly roomy inside, there's lots of storage for all my knick knacks (I seriously live in my car), the truck is HUGE." in 31 reviews
- "Yes, this car gets great gas mileage, but I don't think I'd drive it around if it weren't for that." in 6 reviews
- "A Toyota Prius is the way to go if you are looking for an affordable, reliable, super roomy, energy efficient car perfect for road trips." in 5 reviews
We do all our own car repair, you see, and before we bought this Prius, we bought an old 2001 Prius as a project to learn more about hybrid cars. (My husband is an industrial/safety engineer, son of an electrical/automotice engineer, and the man will not own a car he does not know how to fix. It's like living with a mad scientist.) We not only swapped out the 'big battery,' but rebuilt the entire transmission, then gave the resulting awesome little four-door to my kid sister as a present. I have to say, Prii are some of the easiest cars I've ever had the fun of fixing. Our 2010 came with some weird quirks, at least for those used to working on 90s-early-oughts cars, but once we bought the special wrench for the oil filter cartridge and a supply of filters n' gaskets, it was the quickest, cleanest oil change ever. (And Amazon will happily sell you everything you need.) You do have to be aware of the few high-voltage points on the car, obviously, but the hybrid powertrain and the tight tolerances mean that this is an uncommonly clean model of car to work on. We didn't come out of the transmission job so filthy we needed to strip out of every stitch we had on and shower with Fast Orange and Dawn dish detergent like some cars, and that oil change was so easy I didn't even need my usual coveralls.
For the home mechanic who doesn't mind getting on the computer, the Prius may truly be the perfect car. The Prius owner forums have special codes for the Torque OBD II reader app, so you can diagnose absolutely everything the car might ever have wrong with just a five-buck app, your phone and a twenty-buck OBD II Bluetooth dongle from O'Reilly's or Amazon, the manuals are easy to get ahold of and there are lots of tasteful aftermarket parts to make your own Prius extra special without it looking like a refugee from the bosozoku scene or something a teenage boy owns. It even has a charming little upper glovebox shaped just right for a bottle of champagne, so that when you surprise your husband with the sleek, efficient Prius his engineery heart has always wanted, you can toast it as soon as you get back home.
It even fits the baby's fancy Chicco NextFit car seat of ultimate awesomeness!
The value tanked, totally lost its money the second my husband drove it away from the lot, and although it never had any small problems, the problems it had were SO expensive. We could've dumped thousands of dollars into this car, but we were fortunate to sell it and find another car.
The only thing I miss is the keyless entry and the keyless starting. Other than that, I hope other people are wise enough to avoid this car. It's not one that'll stick around very long
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