2006 Toyota Prius 4-Door Liftback
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This car drives pretty well in the city. I get good mileage but do not buy this car if you live in city that has a lot of hills. The great gas mileage you read is acheived with little or no up climbing. When you drive on a flat area your gas engine turns off if you just kinda cruise but if you drive places that has hills and ups and downs even just a little, your gas engine runs almost constantly and you will probably get only 20-30 mpg, i know from exprience. You can counter that by driving like a old grandma and just drive at about 15-20 mph on a 40-50 mph limit street but you risk being shot! I my opinion this is a perfect car for totaly flat cities that hardly has any ups and down in the landscape even if the incline is just a feet or two for a mile....read morehide
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- Unbelievable space, love the hatchback, great looks, smooth ride, great fuel economy!
- Hard to find basic model if you want to buy.
I was interested in the technology of the car, but was not interested in buying one; I thought they were somewhat trendy... until I drove one and was surprised to find out how NICE they were. I was ready to buy a Civic and after driving the 2007 Prius, I changed my mind. The car is not only fuel efficient, it is attractive and the liftback coupe has a ton of space (actually MORE than my previous SUV). I drove it from Indianapolis, Indiana to Washington, DC on a TANK of gas (12 gallons). The car is quiet and can get up and go on the highway if needed. The variable digital dash is pretty eye-catching and space-saving as well. I smile every time I drive my new Prius....read morehide
10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Fuel economy, headroom, hauling room, quiet ride, low emissions, vote with your dollars
- seats take getting used to, too many buttons to push on screen to do basic things
We have had our '06 Prius for exactly one year - 20k miles on it. With 90% hwy driving we consistently average 50mpg in the rolling hills of TN. Two toddlers ride in car seats w/ plenty of room. The car looks small but holds everything (twin mattress, acoustic upright bass, etc.)! We replaced a pickup truck with the Prius and we've never missed the truck. We plan to buy a second Prius to replace our Honda Accord asap....read morehide
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- Well engineered. Back leg room very good, better than SUV's. Surprising cargo space.
- MPG much less than advertised--low to mid 40's. Plastic inside scratches easily. Seats not comfy.
Not really worth $7000 more than the Corolla especially when the Corolla averages just about as much MPG as the Prius (40 versus 43 highway MPG). If I had it to do over I would purchase a Corolla although the Prius rides better than the Corolla and has more cargo capacity. Prius is really a well engineered car. I don't like the touch screen feature for all controls. In my Avalon and Tundra I can handle controls without looking at them and taking my eyes off the road. And I don't have to wipe the grease smudges off the screen every other day either. Screen is difficult to see in bright sun even when brightness is turned up all the way. Seats lack comfort for a full day of driving. I had a Volkswagen Rabbit and the seats in it were the most comfortable I have ever had in a car....read morehide
6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Milage, Passenger Room, Cargo Space, Monitor System, Body Style
- Interior a little to 'plastic'
How I get 53 mpg on mostly highway driving:
1) Accelerate modestly. Slamming the accelerator to the floor for jack rapid high way on ramps and passing jst wastes gas.u
2) Maintain at least 5 car lengths of seperation.
Tailgaiting and frequent use of brakes to avoid cars in front of you wastes gas.
3) Cruise at an average of 60 mph.
Faster cruising just causes the car to work too hard at pushing the air and wastes gas. I find 60 is optimal with the Prius in terms of speed and fuel savings.
4) Let the car run down hill faster. Take advantage of gravity. I let it go 70-75 on the highway if i can maintain seperation. I even lightly step on the gas to engage the electric drive to get to 70 downhill.
5) Let the car run up hill slower. Maintain the minium speed on the highway (55 or 50 or whatever). But dont spend lots of full forcing any car to go fast up hills, it's just a waste of fuel.
(In short, #4 and #5 means drive it like a big rig.)
6) Let the car coast longer distances to red lights. Why be in a hury to get to a red light? Even from long distances, I let the car 'free wheel' to the light. If u can see the light from a long way, frequentyly I don't even need to touch the brake. Saves gas. And brake pads.
I drove this way all spring, summer and fall. I consistently got 53 mpg. 51 in the summer with the A/C running. Thus far Boston has not had really cold winter days, so I am interested in seeing how the performance works in really cold temps....read morehide
12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Nav Sys, Climate Cntl, Bluetooth, Interior Room, Hatchback, Headlights, Rear View Camera
- Choppy Ride, Seats
Acceleration is adequate. On good roads you only hear a little of the tires and wind (very quite). The seats take a couple of thousand miles to "break-in". I found that adjusting the seat back tilt curred my numb butt. The heads-up display is very convienient. I think I would prefer the wiper controls mounted somewhere else away from the gear selector. The voice recognition system to dial the phone takes a lot of patience; otherwise I really like talking to the car.
Fuel Economy, I see 43 to 47 fairly consistently. When I can get 500 miles between fill-ups I am a happy camper.
The ride/fuel economy conundurm requires a lot of attention to tire pressure....read morehide
6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Great economy, comfy ride, lot's of power, roomy, great price for midsize car
- I hate the heater/AC controls!..too complicated just to get heat
I actually own an 05 Prius. We now have 27K on it with NO problems at all. Can't say that for any other car I've ever owned. It's surprised me at how much room it had for hauling stuff from Home Depot, Wal-Mart, etc. especailly when you fold down the rear seats. People give me strange looks in the parking lot and I had one HD employee tell me "that will never fit in that little car". Guess the joke was on him. Most of our driving is on rural highways with a 60 MPH speed limit and we average 54 MPG with 75% highway and 25% city driving. If you are heavy footed it will drop ALOT. It will also drop on extreme cold or hot days as you run the heat or AC. This of course makes the gas engine run more. I was also surprised by the power the car has when needed. Would buy another one in a heartbeat!...read morehide
5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- GOOD MPG, PRICING GOOD, SUPER CAR, VERY HIGH TECH
- A FEW QUALITY ISSUES, NOT WHAT I THINK ARE REAL ALLOY WHEELS
THIS IS A GREAT FUN CAR. WHEN WE WERE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW WE WERE WARNED ABOUT THE PRIUS BEING
WAY OVER PRICED, BUT AFTER LOOKING AROUND WE FOUND IT TO BE
A GOOD VALUE FOR THE MONEY. WE BOUGHT THE 2007 TOURING WITH LEATHER, WE LIKE THE 16" WHEELS AND LARGER BACK SPOILER, PLUS IT HANDLES VERY WELL. WE HAD A COUPLE OF QUALITY ISSUES WHEN WE PICKED IT UP BUT THE DEALER WAS VERY GOOD ABOUT FIXING THE PROBLEMS. THE ONLY THING THAT BUGS ME IS THE FACT THEY SAY THEY COME WITH ALLOY WHEELS. IF THEY THINK STYLED STEEL WHEELS WITH PREMIUM HUBCAPS ARE ALLOY WHEELS I WOULD HATE TO SEE WHAT JUST HUBCAPS WOULD BE.
GREAT CAR THOUGH VERY HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...read morehide
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TOP car with best design toyota cars are best in the world i really love this brand cars
3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Drive a Prius and learn a whole new driving style.
I reset my monitor with every tank of gas I buy so I have a pretty good idea of what it thinks my mileage is. However, I think the mpg it reads when the electric motor takes over unfairly inflates the average. Given the miles I've driven and the gas I buy when I refill, I'd say I get just over 40 miles to the gallon. I do a lot of local driving but every other week or so I do long distances, so I think my estimate is fair....read morehide
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