2008 Toyota Prius
There are 46 user reviews for the Base trim shown below
- Teriffic ride and economy, tight turning circle, gadgets galore,fairly quiet
- driver seat needs re-think for comfort, radio not so great
Surprisingly good ride for a car of this size, remarkably roomy also for a ride his size. Comfy secure rid. Steering a bit vague at speed. Car equits itself very nicely in stop and go and freeway traffic. This car is DEFINATELY NOT SLOW! Love the functional aero-dynamic look. This car IS THE FUTURE-now....read morehide
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- Fuel economy, good movements
- This cars receive only repairs in services areas in dealers, making higher reparation cost.
My Prius 2004 had near 96,000 miles. It needs to replace in this 4 years only 2 parts and the first brake pads replaced when my car turns in 80,000 miles. Honestly, Prius maybe had a high price, but I'll save a lot of money in fuel and normal repairs.
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I expect nothing but the best from Toyota having owned them for the past 30 years and put them through just about anything a female can do (or not do) to them. I have never been disappointed. I finally graduated to the Lexus (to me it's still a Toyota) and was quite content untill the Prius came out. It's kept gnawing at me until I finally decided to take the plunge back in March. Having always been a supporter of environmental issues I felt that Toyota was way ahead of everyone in understanding the mindset of an environmentalist
Yes, I was concerned with giving up some creature comforts, I am getting up there in age and love to drive long trips. But, I should do my part and since it was necessary I purchase another car my mind was set on the Prius. Mind you, this was just before the explosion in gas prices and I was having no problem finding what I wanted at the dealerships. First, I drove one home overnite and found the adjustment quite nice even a bit fun. Now, the negotiations; the first dealership wouldn't bend to my liking. My research armed me with the knowledge of the dealers wriggle room in The Prius ,(not a whole lot but still some) but I knew I could negotiate on the options. I ended up walking away from that dealership and went to a second and third. I finally struck a deal that was palatable. They had just gotten in the exact model, color and options included, I wanted so it was a no brainer; you know, third time's a charm feeling. Well, a couple of hours later I said goodbye to my Lexus and drove out in The Prius. Being a woman, of course I had feelings of anxiety but this car has been more than I expected. I'm getting 50MPG and 60% of my driving is at 70MPH. I'm about to hit 5k miles and the MPG has been consistent and I couldn't be happier. When gas prices skyrocketed, it cemented my decision, although, I originally purchased the car for the emissions factor.
I'm very mindful of my money and Toyota has never disappointed me and I'm reminded of that every time I pass a gas station....read morehide
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- great fuel economy; no problems
I love my Toyota Prius. It is easy to drive, just perform routine maintenance; no technical problems.
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- Fuel Economy, technology
- Poor on snow and ice
This car actually exceeds published milage estimates for me (I did not think that any car got even close to the published mileage claims!) As I said above, this car does not do as well in snow and ice. Also, it seems to have a tendency to "eat" tires faster than most cars.
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- Fuel economy, super low emissions, comfortable ride, a good bridge to the post ICE age
- Only the fact I had to wait 10 weeks to get it!
"Went to the dealer to checked out this hybrid and for the price of $24,000, with a $3,000 difference from the regular powered car, it will take a long 5 or more years to recover the money spent on this hybrid. By that time also, it's time to replace the storage batteries (batteries have a life when first use) that makes it run on electric motor which cost another $5,000, so it just makes no sense at the end of all the hype to get a Prius and ended up NOT buying it!"
This demonstrates why you have to read each review on Yahoo! Autos: reviews are not always from people who know the vehicle. I.e. there is no "regular powered car" comparable to the Prius- certainly not the smaller inside Corolla. The battery is most often quoted as $3K, and many have exceeded 200K miles. The tech has been in use for over 12 years now. And the recovery time at $4 a gallon has been reduced to about 2 years not five. If gas goes to $5 next year... or $12 by 2012 as some suggest (I think our economy will collapse by $8)... well, don't look now....read morehide
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- 6 50mpg tanks in the last 2.5 yrs, surprising cargo capability
I started with an '02 Prius and liked it so well I bought an '05 to get the extra toys (blue tooth, GPS). Currently have 40,000+miles on the '05 and never a problem or repair. No plans to trade it, will absolutely buy another Prius
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- I get far better mileage than the sticker indicates, the car has plenty of power on the highway.
- I only have one Prius
This the first foreign name car I have ever owned in 42 years of driving. I purchased my Prius last summer when the gas prices were not that bad but I decided it was time to put the SUV in the garage and do the right thing,,SAVE at the pump. I first went to the Chevy dealer like I had for 42 years and drove the best mileage car they had on a two day trial, it was obvious if I wanted real gas mileage it wasn't going to be a Chevy. I did some research and ended up at the local Toyota dealer and the rest is history...... The Prius is a great car with plenty of room. I can get an 8' landscape timber in the car and it is the greatest for grocery shopping, the fold down seats give you plenty of room for mulch and home landscape items, I wish I had two more. I can get as high as 64mpg on a nice flat run driving at 50-55 MPH. Any of you who live in the Midwest that have nice flat country roads to drive will do real well with this Hybrid, I would suggest everyone order one and send a message to the oil people that the time for an oil based economy is coming to a screeching halt. I hate the price of gasoline but I believe it will be the cause of a whole new world of transportation ideas and we will benefit in the future.
One more thing before I close, they say the return on a Hybrid is not that great, well I must have went to a different school. I went from a 12mpg SUV that cost $38,000 to a $22,500 Hybrid that gets at it's worst 49 mpg. So you drive your SUV and I'll drive my Hybrid and 6 years from now we will do the math. If you drive my SUV thats in the garage 12,000 miles a year it going to cost you $4000 in fuel. My Hybrid driving the same will cost me $960 a savings of $3400 a year. I saved $15500 in the price difference in the SUV and Hybrid.
So the way I see it the SUV in 6 years will cost you $35900 more to drive in excess vehicle and fuel cost. 760 gallons less a year or 4560 gallons less in 6 years.
It's not a hard decision if you do the math and the car rides great!...read morehide
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- we drive mostly around town & avg. 52 mpg. Love the fact that a tank of fuel seems to last forever
- don't have a lot of complaints , really like this car!
We've taken the car out for overnight trips & find it to be very comfortable & roomy. We travel with two dogs so need room for a crate, luggage, etc. No problem so far. Plenty of room. The car is so quiet, it's a pleasure to drive.
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- good fuel econ. overall 4 stars
- ride not as confortable as bigger car like avalon;also slow acceleration.
Although i got the top of line Prius with almost everything, it stll lacks some features. it does not have both auto OFF and ON headlights; Ie, the lights dont go on automatically at dusk.
no vertical seat adjustment-could use this feature.
Cant find cooling temperature indicator, not even the warning light when you first startup. needs to show this light, before car actually overheats.
shows outside temp but not easily visible;have to shuffle thru screens to see it....read morehide
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