2008 Toyota Prius User Reviews
- $10,164 - $11,169
- Obvious MPG, overall drive
- Poor rear visibility
Bought 2008 Prius after extensive research and test driving.
I am 6'4, 220 lbs and have no trouble driving it. I have had it a month now and have gotten 49.8, 48.3, 45.3, and 47.8 MPG on tanks so far. Since those are Pennsylvania winter numbers and include some rain and snow driving, I am very happy with them. I have checked the computer MPG by calculating myself and it is always relatively close (+-3MPG).
REMEMBER: your review will depend on what you are used to! Some people complain about the dumbest things!
The car is not built for racing, but has plenty of pick-up for me.
Plenty of passenger and cargo room for me too.
The seat is not the most comfortable, but I have no problem spending 5+ hours/day in the car (no more that I had with any other car). Again, it is all relative to what you are driving now.
Overall I would recommend this car to anyone. Two $1.99 wide angle mirrors will compensate for the only flaw I noticed so far, poor rear visibility....read morehide
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- It's a good rental car in terms of gas for the renter.
- Heater is weak during cold spells, weird dashs lights that means nothing really.
Got to try a rental to save gas and it seems the gas mileage was not that far of from non hybrids. The get up and go traffic seems to let the gas engine do more work than the electric motor. The price is also high compared with the regular gas powered car. I can only guess what the repair cost will be when the warranty is over?...read morehide
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- Reasonable fuel economy, smooth ride, quiet.
- A geek look at a High price, expensive to repair all parts and labor by the dealer.
I drove my prius approximately 100 miles/day on non interstate highway. I was able to average 47 mpg by slowing down and following the increase your milage recommendations, However, it increased my 1 HR trip by 20 min./ea. Direction. Under normal conditions, I was able to get 41 mpg. The main reason I purchased a Hybrid for is to reduce gas expenses. This was negated quickly as my auto insurance was +/_ $300/yr higher than my minivan, the prius comes with a premium of $5k + compared to a corolla or a similar size car, all repairs and pats other than oil filter has to be performed by the dealer (premium cost), the battery pack is not covered under warranty after 100k mi, mine broke just past that mark. The dealer was not willing to honor the warranty another $4k premium. The car comes with too many high voltage warnings which makes my wife very concern to ride in it (personal, but valid concern).
In summary, if saving hard earned cash is ones motivation to purchase a prius, one is set for a surprise.
P.S. my prius is an older model, but to my knowledge, none of these issues had been addressed in the 2008 model....read morehide
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- Gas mileage
- Terrible for anyone that is tall
Forget the high roof line or the head room stats. The seat is too high and there is no way to adjust it down. If you're 6'2 or taller, you're going to be looking at the sun visor, not the windshield - unless you tilt your seat way back.
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- No trim specified for this review
- Good fuel economy. I like the look and drive. Good for the environment.
- Driver's seat pinches a nerve in my leg. Never happpened in another car.
I loved my new Prius until I realized that my right leg ached after driving for as little as 15 minutes. I have tried seat cushions, lumbar support with no improvement. I had no trouble in my previous car or any other, for that matter. The seat cannot be adjusted except forward and back. Also, dash lights reflect in the window at night. This is a minor problem....read morehide
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- None to put my finger on.
- Wrong MPG advertisement, its too high a number, pricey for an ugly car, small to be comfortable.
For many bad reasons to buy a car like the Prius, it starts with the wrong MPG advertised which is unattainable even following miserable driving instructions by Toyota. The price for fuel economy savings not merits to buy one because it isn't enough to recover the cost of acquisition. Better off to buy a lesser costing car with good fuel economy and longer warranty....read morehide
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- Good around town car
- Too small/light for highway
I use this car for 90% highway driving in the northeast. My fuel economy is around 35MPG. I have had a numebr of mechanical problems that required service. I would not get another one.
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