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Toyota Prius 2003 sedan
Trim Shown: Sedan
The Prius is a four-door hybrid-electric vehicle (HEV) that couples a 1.5-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor and automatically switches between them or runs on both, as needed. Shifts are automatic via a responsive continuously variable transmission (CVT). Regenerative braking recharges the battery while coasting or braking. Acceleration is adequate, and we measured 41 mpg in mixed driving. The ride is comfortable, and handling is secure but not crisp. The brakes are a bit touchy, and the battery pack steals trunk space.

See Reliability page for the latest 2003 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...


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


  • Acceleration, touchy brakes, small trunk.


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels

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