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.

General Comments:

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

10th Mar 2012, 12:24

I am about to purchase a Prius V (the big one). How often do you stop for gas, and how often do you drive?

14th Apr 2012, 07:01

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.

2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5 from North America


Love it, love it, love it!!!



General Comments:

The gas mileage is awesome. Never get anything under 43 mpg... I can get up to 53 mpg with it.

It is very comfortable, it's no Caddy, but it's comfortable for what it is. VERY smooth. Have gotten 2 speeding tickets in the past couple months apart. 68 mph in a 45 zone, and 85 mph in a 55 zone... it rides very nice :) I go down the highway doing 88 mph like it could do it all day. It doesn't seem to be stressed, and handles well going so fast, and is still getting great gas mileage as well, over 40 mpg.

I love the fact that the motor shuts off when it's not needed. I buzz around town all the time with my motor off and saving gas, and being as quiet as a church mouse. All my friends love it!

The gas tank, rather bladder, can be a pain to put gas in it when it's in cold weather. FYI... you have to put in at least 3 gallons of gas in order for the gas gauge to register the new gas.

I would buy 100 more... I love it,... buy it, you'll love it too.

There's ample room throughout the car, and the fact that the back seats go down is great. I put the back seats down, and take my Rottweiler with me everywhere.

I love the fact that from empty I can fill it for 20$ :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2012

1st Mar 2012, 09:29

I forgot to mention how this car is in the snow. GREAT!!! Going forward is awesome. Just step on the gas and the traction control takes over and away you go. I pass people on the highway during snow all the time.

Stopping is another issue. Because of the generators at each wheel, stopping can be tricky. The tires seem to lock up and I slide down the road or into an intersection. You have to train yourself to just BARELY step on the brake pedal to gradually slow yourself down, and you're fine.

Anyone have any questions about this car, email me. I love it and will talk about it all day.

email: ourtowncar@hotmail.com