2009 Toyota Prius
There are 5 user reviews for the Touring trim shown below
- The ride in my Prius rivals the ride in my Cadillac Allante.
- No power seats and no convertibles and no rear disk brakes
Purchased As New
I bought my Prius in 2008 and LOVE THE HANDLING and ride. The fuel mileage speaks for itself! This auto is one of the most technologically advanced vehicles on the road today. SPEED?...I am frequently over 100 MPH and she handles quite well at those speeds. I can't imagine why anyone would even "sit still" for a Hybrid they have to "Plug in" each night. American automakers can take their cues from the Japanese! Everything about my car speaks "FUN TO DRIVE." I tricked mine out with a "Kenstyle" ground effects package, WIDER TIRES and running lights underneath the vehicle that flash sequentially making it EXTREMELY NOTICEABLE when I drive at night. I have frequently gone from Ohio to Atlanta, Ga. on 2 tanks of gas and had half a tank left when I got there, 12 hours later. Everywhere I go, somebody's head turns to see what kind of car it is! American Automakers should "steal" a Prius to figure out how to make their shameful designers work to catch up with "new" technology they fought and said "couldn't be done!" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA (I have friends driving Lincolns, Cadillacs and BMW'S tying to figure out how to get out from under their autos and into mine! :-)...read morehide
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- Quiet, Fantastic Mileage (44mpg everywhere)
- Rear vision could be better.
Purchased As New
I wish I had looked at this car earlier. This car is way ahead of most competitors. With the key in your pocket, the door unlocks when you approach. When you get in you find a car well thought out and roomy (yes roomy). I tried the back seat and found it is one of the easiest to enter/exit and again spacious) You start the car with the push of a button (the key stays in your pocket). When the car is started there is dead silence. The car starts in electric mode. As you pull away you will hear the gasoline motor start running. Switching between gas and electric is seamless and automatic. The only time you hear the gasoline engine is on hard acceleration. anytime you let up the accelerator or stop the gas motor stops. The electric motor captures the energy created when you step on the brake and charges a battery. That energy is reused when you take off (electric mode). The transmission dosen't shift. It has a variable speed transmission that again is seemless. At 75 to 80 mph the mileage dropped to 42 mpg. The mileage around town has been 44mpg. I have 3000 miles on it so far. The touring edition has a built in GPS (Global Positioning Service) that will guide you on a trip with a map and voice commands. The car also comes with a backup camera that turns on anytime you put the car in reverse. This a car you simply have to take for a test drive to see what I am talking about....read morehide
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- Great fuel economy (41-46); great AC; smoothest cruise control ever.
- Hard ride; harder seats; uncomfortable driving position for tall drivers; enfuriating NAV system
Purchased As New
I get over 40mpg during the summer in Phoenix, running the AC all the time, driving the same way I always have. In the winter months I get a maximum of 46 mpg, but most of my driving is over 55mph on freeways, and that's the best the gasoline engine can deliver.
Although it's reasonably peppy around town, the 1.5L engine is anemic on the highway, and horribly noisy during hard acceleration.
Although this model comes with so-called "High-Intensity Discharge" headlights, the amount of light on the road still doesn't compare to the halogen lights on my old 1998 Camry.
** Interior needs better human engineering:
The seats don't move back far enough for drivers with long legs like me (I am 6' 1"), they're hard as a rock, and not adjustable for seat-bottom pitch --all of this causing my knees to cramp and my butt to go to sleep on long trips. No place to rest my right knee, and I find I must hold my right foot up in an uncomfortable position on the accelerator pedal.
The "voice-activated" NAV system interface is so user-unfriendly that we seldom attempt to use it - falling back instead on manual control.
The instrument lights are not smart enough to dim and brighten between day and night, but rather are tied to the headlight control, so they must be manually switched with the brightness dial if you leave your headlights on all the time. The digital clock is always unreadable on a bright day -- WHY?. Glare from the speedometer panel reflects off the inside of the windshield at night.
Don't believe the advertising! With the highest-level option package (#6), and all dealer preparation (including window tinting), the delivered cost for my 2008 Prius Touring model was over $30K.
Altogether, I generally LIKE driving this car; I LOVE the MPG, but it has the most uncomforable driver's seat of any car I have owned....read morehide
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- good fuel economy
- will not go up grades with snow; only brake to slow down which causes loss of control and 360
Purchased As New
regret buying the car. unsafe in snow and sleet and rain. in minimal snow the car wheels spin and nothing moves. you need a good friend to push you up a hill and a parachute to slow down when going donw hill in slippery weather as there is only drive and neutral and the brake. If you have second car, go for it if not ford hybrid 4wd.c...read morehide
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- Average tank to tank 42.9 not the 50 they advertise.
- Ride is okay not great. Toyota could put better front seats in the car.
Performance and stability of the car is excellent for the size. Overall its an excellent car. Beware that the Toyota dealers over charge you for service on this car compared to the Honda I previously owned, its double the cost for an oil and filter change. Toyota dealer charges $80.00 Honda charges $39.00....read morehide
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