2010 Toyota Prius Reviews - Page 2 of 2

2010 Toyota Prius II 1.8 from North America

Model year2010
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired30 miles
Most recent distance12000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Impala

Summary:

Better than I ever thought it would be

Faults:

Nothing wrong so far.

General Comments:

It does what it is supposed to. I get 52.9MPG; that's my math I do AT THE PUMP. I see a lot of people on here talking about how much better the Ford FUSION is. All I've got to say is.

1. Will the Fusion get me over 52mpg? NO

2. Will the Fusion cost me more than 23,000? Yes, at least 5,000 more.

3. Does Ford have a good history with their Hybrids? NO, the Fusion is in it's first year.

I'm just tired about non owners telling other people how good the Fusion is. I'd rather drive one if someone would pay me the extra 5,000 to buy it and the extra 5,000 in gas that it's going to use.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2009

7th Dec 2009, 10:58

I will start off by saying that I think that Toyota builds terrific vehicles. (I think the new Venza is a great looking and well designed crossover, for example). I also should add that I disagree with virtually everything the "Fusion Guy" says on this site. However I must say that the Fusion is a very good vehicle, and comparing the smaller, lighter Prius to a Fusion is really like comparing apples & oranges. In fact both the Prius and Fusion are very good cars in their own right.

2010 Toyota Prius IV from North America

Model year2010
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance10000 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

This is the best car on the market

Faults:

So far nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

This has been by far the best car purchase I have ever made! We have put 10,000 miles on the car over the last four months. We are averaging 54 mpg all around.

The car handles great. The new Prius comes with a power mode. While in this mode the car is impressively fast and it will still get 50+ mpg on the highway! In ECO mode the car is probably slower from a stop than most cars, but you are not buying speed. The EV mode (only uses electric) I think is kind of pointless, it only works at very low speeds.

The hybrid system is great! It transitions from full electric to hybrid very smoothly. There is a really cool display option in the control panel that shows where the car is getting its power (electric, engine, or both) At first it was kind of distracting because it was neat to see how the car works rather than watching the road. The hybrid system is more advanced than any other system out there currently. The gas engine will shut off any time it is not needed; so at a stop, coasting, braking, going down a hill, and any other time the electric motor is powerful enough to run everything. Prius also comes with an engine brake (indicated as “B” on the shifter) which provides mechanical help for downhill driving. The batteries will charge anytime the wheels are moving and you are not accelerating, or if the batteries are running low, the gas engine will run longer to help charge the batteries. Braking and coasting are the main two ways to charge the batteries. Also using the engine brake charges the batteries twice as fast.

The smart key technology is awesome. Smart key means that you can unlock your car without getting your keys out. With a young child this is very helpful. Also, the Prius is keyless start. It sound pretty lazy, but it is very convenient.

We absolutely love this car. It is larger than all other hybrid cars on the market, it gets the best fuel efficiency of all cars, and the overall fit and finish really shows why Toyota has such a strong following. This is the first Toyota we have owned and it definitely will not be the last.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2009

23rd Nov 2009, 06:59

"We absolutely love this car. It is larger than all other hybrid cars on the market"

Is it really?

What about the Ford Fusion? (with the risk of sounding like I agree with the "Fusion Guy" - which I don't)

What about all of those SUV Hybrids that are out there now?

I doubt that the Prius is "larger" than all other Hybrid cars "on the market"

I am usually a defender of Toyotas (and other imports) on this site, but I do not agree that the Prius is all that.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 6 reviews