2008 Toyota Prius User Reviews
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- $10,164 - $11,169
- Outstanding fuel economy
- Limited rear vision, sound system
After specifically asking for one, I got a Prius from the car rental agency on our recent vacation. The first thing I noticed is that this is a car you actually have to read the manual for....there is a bit of a learning curve involved in just getting it going (the agency thoughtfully left the manual in the glovebox). Once rolling, Toyota has done a good job of providing the "feel" of a conventional car, but occasional discontinuities in the power as the electric and gasoline motors do their thing, together with the absence of shifting with the continuously variable transmission, give it away as something not conventional. The first time you stop at a red light and the engine shuts off, you get a little nervous.
Overall, I found the 600+ miles I drove it to be a pleasant experience. I am a conservative driver, and was most impressed with the 48+ mpg we obtained both in city driving and on the South Florida freeways. Ours was pretty much a base model and looked it - there are not a lot of frills here. The front seats are comfortable, and there is more room in the back than there appears thanks to the theater seating. You won't win any drag races beyond 20 feet, but we did not get blown away on the freeways either and had adequate power to merge. You either love the body styling or you hate it.
My favorite feature was the multi-function touch screen display, which displays either the powerplant operation or fuel economy information, alternating with climate and radio controls. Our base model sound system was pretty minimal on broadcast radio; we did not have the chance to try it with a CD.
Oh, and did I mention you can get close to 50 MPG? Imagine going 600 miles on a 12 gallon tankful of gas! Why don't we have more cars than this?...read morehide
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- Fuel savings - outstanding. Spacious.
- Just learning all of the next features...
Love the gas mileage. I deliver newspapers on house delivery route and average between 52.5 and 58.7 MPG. I managed to get 60.4 MPG on two of my recent days when babying it. Big, big difference from the 15-17 MPG in my mini-van. On the newspaper route I can make u-turns almost anywhere I want.
At nearly 50 years old, this is my first brand new car and love it. Prior to making the big decision, we rented a Prius while on vacation and found we loved it.
Back seat area has enough leg room for my 6 ft tall son.
I could go on and on....read morehide
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- The gas mileage is great but it is so easy to drive and has kept us safe in bad situations.
- The driver's seat is not comfortable for long trips. Bad visibility at corners.
I never owned a new car before but this one meets all expectations for a new car. It looks good, it is fun to drive, it is great on gas, the sound system is excellent. I have driven through blizzards, down gravel roads, cross half the country and through a monsoon. Never, yet ever, a problem handling it or feeling confident that it could do what it needs to do. The brakes are a miracle and the hatchback, which I thought I would hate, has proven to be a miracle. Easier to get luggage in and out, more space to pack things in and the secret compartments are a gas. I have not learned how to use everything on the car, not yet ready for the voice-activated commands. But other than that, it is just the most fun car to drive....read morehide
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- Engine shut off when stopped, electric motor for stop and go has lots of torque
- Tire grip could be better
Had my '08 for a year+. Driven almost exclusively in DC stop and go traffic. Electric motor has a lot of pep from stops, zips. Stop and go mileage 38-40 with leadfoot. Drops to 25-27 when cold (6 mile--20 min drive with stop signs every 50-100 yards). That compares to 15 mpg on my other cars, so is still a lot better than anything else in comparable conditions. On long hills (Western MD/Cumberland Gap) acceleration suffers. However, aerodynamics are brilliant, so more than makes up for it when freewheeling on downhill side. Kept this up for 10 miles with SUVs--they'd gain on the uphill when I'd drop from 80-55, then they'd get slowed down on downhill side when hitting a wall of air and I'd zip by. But it did get annoying after a while. ~42 mph on hwy at 80 on long stretches. Really enjoyable and comfortable car to drive, keyless entry is great--fob never leaves my pocket, wish I could do the same for my front door... Front and back legrom better than most large cars. Only con is that tire grip is tenuous (skinny tires, light weight) and traction control is somewhat skittish, esp. in wet weather....read morehide
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- fantasic milage,visability,so easy to park
- no telescoping steeringwheel
The wind does blow it around a bit.The steering is tight it took awhile to get use to. My best milage is 58.5 mpg, but as to date my average is 50.1.The cold weather is here now so it will go down. I love to drive it .Its my little sports car.This summer a guy pulled up next to me on the big road look my baby up and down and gave me the thumbs up and then pulled ahead of me with 60,000 dollar beamer,boy I smiled from hear to hear. Right now my biggest consern is how I'm going to react when some kunklehead puts the first ding in it...read morehide
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- futuristic look, great fuel economy, everything good
- no dealing on the price...................
This car is the future. it's zippy, super efficient and very easy to drive.
With $4.00+ per gallon, the PRIUS is god-sent, with $2.00+/-, this car is almost.......FREE to drive. In another words, at the cost of gas today, $2.59 @ 11/6/08, gas tank 1-2 "pips" below half, it only costs $14 to fill all the way up. I seriously,,,,,,,,,,,i mean seriously get 46 mpg and i have the touring edition....read morehide
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- Front seat comfort is greater than you might expect and rear seat leg room is fantastic
- Dash lite glare on the windshield at night and poor rear visibility.
My car is suprisingly comfortable on long trips, at least for the front seat passengers. Fuel economy is also excellent achieving what is posted for it. I have actually gotten up to 53 mpg with a maximum speed of 65 mph for about 120 miles. On my latest 6000+ mile road trip with my wife and the car fully loaded we got around 46 mpg while driving at speeds up to 75+ mph. The car was packed so the weight was like we had an extra passenger or two. We are exceedingly happy with our purchase....read morehide
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- I am a small guy at 6' 275lbs Former Marine i have plenty of room, i get 53mpg on average.
- I Love This Car!!!!!!! Very Fun to Drive.
I will never buy another gas Hog!!! This car is very fun to drive/ love the back up camera.
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- I get 50 to 51 mpg almost every tank. I LOVE THIS CAR
- No Negative comments!
I have a 2008 package 6 Prius and I can say alot about this car, but to some it up: I LOVE IT. It's like a game for us, we are always trying to get better gas mileage. The bluetooth, keyless entry, backup camera, 6 cd changer, nav. system, are great extra's, but I'd do without them knowing what great gas mileage I get. I would recommend this car to everyone. Our family drives this Pruis around knowing that we did something good for the environment. Very comfortable, and lots of room....read morehide
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