2007 Toyota Prius Package 2 from North America

Summary:

Worth the money

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

The Prius so far has met all my expectations of an everyday driving automobile.

We bought this car last week, and it's performing well. I look at this automobile as an interest in life, and an investment into the future and future technology. And just like all technologies, such as microprocessors and batteries, everything will go down in price, and soon you will see transmission driven cars will be more expensive and outdated to fix.

The Prius is leading the way for the future, and I am proud to have one now.

The pick up is fine; it's not like I spend my days racing around town, especially in traffic. As long as it can reach 100mph, it's all good.

I have put 220 miles on it so far, and I average 42mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd July, 2007

19th Sep 2007, 12:13

Your mileage will continue to increase as you get closer to 1000 miles. Our break-in period lasted until 1000 miles and we're getting 46 mpg regularly in city traffic now. It increased about 10 mpg in the first 1000 miles.

20th Jan 2008, 17:39

"and soon you will see transmission driven cars"

What the hell does this mean? aren't ALL cars driven by a transmission?

7th Feb 2008, 18:55

I really think he meant to say hybrid cars.

2007 Toyota Prius from North America

Summary:

You can tell Toyota puts their best technology in this car

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

How many cars on the road get 50 mpg in regular driving?

The mileage goes down to maybe 44-45 mpg with 4 passengers.

The instrumentation on this car takes some getting used to, but after a short period of time you realize that while unusual, it is convenient and mostly of a safe design. The heads up type display especially keeps your eyes on road. The steering wheel controls take practice to remember where each control is and they are difficult to see in the dark. The center console is really not that distracting to me as after driving you realize, that the bar graph that gives your real-time mileage is all you need to maximize your mpg's without holding up traffic.

Basically you learn to occasionally ease up on the gas pedal to kick the car into ev mode. This probably gains you 4-5 mpg. Secondly, your commute has to be a minimum of 2 miles to really get excellent mileage. The batteries apparently require a period of warm-up.

Performance is really not a problem. It's not a sports car, but electric motors give you tremendous torque so it is easy to pull right into traffic.

While the car has some road noise, it has very little wind noise at highway speeds and is quieter than most cars. The bluetooth phone feature is highly desirable as once set up you just get in the car and the car is ready to call or take calls. The smart key feature is very convenient. Your car opens and starts as long as your key is in your pocket and you can't lock the key in your car. The car won't lock with a key inside.

The auto air is pure genius. It clearly minimizes the energy cost of ac by automatically using interior air and maximum fan to quickly cool down your car to the set temp then going to outside air and minimum fan, keeping your compartment cool, quiet, and well-ventilated without costing much in mileage depending of course on how cool you like it.

The car is loaded with secret compartments and the double glove compartment is OK to although stuff in there can rattle.

The stereo is OK, but it could sure use a subwoofer to up the bass. To me the cd changer is old technology that should abandoned in favor of a flash card mp3 player so I wouldn't have to always bring my I-pod.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2007

25th Jun 2007, 06:35

'How many cars on the road get 50 mpg in regular driving?'

Answer: Just about every diesel with an engine capacity of 2000cc or less!

And TDI engines also produce far more torque than the Prius' electric motor.

27th Jun 2007, 21:21

For the above comment...

The emissions of the Prius are considerably less than any diesel engine.

The reliability of the Prius is well above any carmaker that sells a TDI.

Perhaps a more complete combination could be a turbodiesel hybrid.