Toyota Prius Reviews from Norway

2007 Toyota Prius Executive 1.5 hybrid

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.5 hybrid Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired33800 kilometres
Most recent distance66200 kilometres
Previous carSeat Cordoba

Summary:

The easiest drive available

Faults:

One of the tail lights is not sure if it's gonna work or not.

Some problems with central door locking in cold weather; fixes itself above zero.

A creaky sound at the brakes just before stopping.

Some interior creaks.

Parking sensors in front beeping all the time (when turned on).

I'm having heavy arguments with the voice controlled GPS. Especially when debating what temperature we're going to have in the car.

General Comments:

Despite some minor irritations this is overall a very nice, if a little dull car to drive. Very well equipped.

Silent running, but at high revs it sounds like a dustbuster, with a hint of sewing machine and a electric shaver. Weird exterior, but you get use to the "pregnant Celica" look.

Spacious inside for 5 adults. Because of the sloping rear, luggage space is limited. Seats are nice, but could have been better on long trips.

Interior is otherwise practical and functional in its futuristic ways. Some plastic feels a bit "CD cover" like.

Cheap to drive, but not cheaper than a diesel. Uses 10-15% more per mile than written on the paper, and up to 20% more in the winter.

Traction control useless up icy hills. You just stand there and nothing happens, and you can't turn it off.

Very light steering, but not very accurate. Feels like you're driving in pudding on twisty roads. Strong brakes, but there are cars with better road holding.

Lots of airbags is a plus. You're gonna need it when a cowboy with a Suburban runs over you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2011

2006 Toyota Prius Sol 1.5

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.5 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 kilometres
Most recent distance22100 kilometres
Previous carToyota Avensis

Summary:

What's the point?

Faults:

Nothing. I borrowed this car for 2 weeks from my work with the intention to purchase.

General Comments:

I borrowed this car from the company that I work for, since they have a large fleet of Toyota cars. I'm used to the Avensis 2.0 Turbo Diesel wagon and I have considered a smaller car, either a Corolla or the Prius. There's a long waiting list for the Prius at the dealers, so I was lucky to borrow this near new car from my company.

But I will not purchase the Prius since it was a major disappointment. It's the same price as the Avensis and:

1. It's totally cramped, it's even smaller than the Corolla

2. It's pricey and it lacks essential equipment

3. It's quite thirsty, even compared to my Avensis TD. A Corolla Turbo Diesel will be much better

4. This engine totally lacks any punch if you are used to turbo diesels

5. Driving dynamics are just a joke. It runs like an old van and is about as comfortable as one.

I REALLY can't understand why anyone purchase these Prius cars. It must be the worst purchase available in the market. It's just such a bad car. Is not the whole point to save petrol? Why don't people just buy turbo diesels? Then you have a wide selection of cars with various equipment.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2007

19th Oct 2007, 00:59

Why's that?? The Prius *is* a piece of cramped, expensive, overrated piece of junk.

Read reviews from serious auto magazines; they'll tell you the same. This car is mainly sold for good mpg figures hence being environmental friendly. The *fact* of the matter is that the Prius mpg really isn't very good in actual driving conditions. I don't know how they've calculated the stated mpg, but it's exaggerated as documented several places in the auto press where Prius is easily beaten by the VW Jetta Blue Motion as an example.

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 2 reviews