2009 Toyota Prius Hybrid from North America
First hybrid, and low mileage experience... so court is still in session, but very impressed so far
Short period of ownership - will update as it goes:
So far, no problems. Rear bumper was cracked, some paint scratches at purchase, but the dealer agreed to have it repaired. Otherwise only the driver's side arm rest showing use wear.
My wife traded her high mileage Corolla the day before we left for our holidays. 2 days driving I-81 from Ontario, Canada to south Florida, same for I-75 on the way back. The car performed like a champion.
Post-tornado gusts in West Virginia on the way home equally challenged much heavier vehicles, but the Prius was manageable & predictable. Snowy road conditions when we got back were not problematic either, in spite of only 5K driving experience.
The 1.4L engine is smaller than previous 1.8L, but the turbine/battery adequately boosts acceleration to freeway speeds. Maintained 5.6L/100km throughout high speed & mountainous driving.
We found the Continuous Flow Transmission odd to adapt to, but fine after a few days behind the wheel. Energy-generating brake system was useful feature in mountain descent situations (rarely touched the pedal, and big battery continually at peak charge).
Seats & cabin in general made our trip comfortable, and the sound system was appreciated. Real-time dash display of drive-train processes was a continual source of interest, sometimes requiring a mind not to be a driver distraction.
It took several stops before we adapted to odd idiosyncrasy of gas tank (bladder) i.e. the top half can only be filled gradually; considering all we like about this vehicle, it's a small price to pay.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th March, 2012
I am about to purchase a Prius V (the big one). How often do you stop for gas, and how often do you drive?
My wife commutes the Prius to work more than any other type of driving. Got another 5K on it now; best mileage in small town & lower speeds: numbers beginning to drop - think it'll settle in low 5's. Smaller tank than earlier Corolla, but not filling more frequently (smile here). Anticipate looking for "plug-in" next time. Ignore Toyota/hybrid "nay-sayers," but do your homework on the dealership.