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Unlike Hondas hybrid-electric Insight, the Prius is a viable alternative to any small sedan. Power comes from a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and a small electric motor. The Prius automatically switches between one and the other, or runs on both as needed. Shifts are also automatic via a continuously variable transmission. Regenerative braking helps recharge the battery while coasting or braking but makes the pedal feel touchy. Acceleration is adequate, and fuel economy came to 41 mpg in mixed driving. The ride is comfortable and handling is secure but not crisp. Inside, the Prius feels substantial for its size, but the battery pack steals trunk space.

See Reliability page for the latest 2001 Toyota Prius recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS standard. Side and head protection air bags available, standard from 2007. ESC available from 2004, standard from 2010. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2010, standard from 2017.

Road Test

Even after the "wow factor" of the Prius's hybrid design wears off, the car is still an inviting, well-designed, functionally useful car. Its remarkably high fuel economy makes this a cost-effective commuting car, but the Prius is also practical on l...

Highs

  • Ride quality, rear seat comfort, quietness, fuel economy, super-low emissions.

Lows

  • Acceleration, touchy brakes, small trunk.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 4 hybrid (103 hp)