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A lot of the Prius's appeal is its 44-mpg overall fuel economy and ultraclean emissions. But it also provides a roomy interior, hatchback versatility and admirable road manners. Although relatively small on the outside, the long wheelbase and efficient space utilization give it interior room comparable to that of a midsized car.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

“We got it for its economy, space inside, and comfort on long trips. We had to give up 'fun to drive.'”

ARTHUR M., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“This is not a car to power off a ramp onto a highway. Acceleration is OK but not a strong point by any means. I have had to become accustomed to how I merge in this car, being forced to leave lots of lead time.”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“The only negative experience was when I had to make a very sudden lane change to avoid a crash and the car began to shake violently. I thought I was going to roll over. Luckily did not.”

DOUG G., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Good: General handling, acceleration, braking is not as good as my Acura Integra. Blind spot on driver's side just behind driver's seat.”

SUZANNE L., MD (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Good acceleration which is important for freeway access & hills”

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota Prius)

“It has great get and go on our fwys. Great gas mileage, seats could be a little better for comfort on long trips. This car does not have navigation,etc. Was not available at the time. Value in the car is great. 10 years and no major problems, have not had to replace the main battery pak. Thank goodness.”

SUSAN Y., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Horrible acceleration and sportiness”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Very quick due to engine and electric motor working together.”

CHARLES P., FL (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Very accurate steering. Transmission is not noticeable at all - no pauses or shifting. Cruise control is straightforward and predictable.”

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Prius)

“The turning radius is awful even for a front wheel drive car. The handling is ok at best. The ride on the highways loud and windy. The seats get uncomfortable on trips over an hour.”

ERIC H., IL (2006 Toyota Prius)

“On icy hill engine shuts off if drive wheels slip and raise engine rpm”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Prius)

“The car is very responsive and easy to drive. I love the way it takes corners and brakes.”

BETH B., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“The same as the 2005, not peppy”

STEWART U., MA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Though sold as a high-mileage high-tech car, we like it more for it's nimble handling, quick acceleration off the line, and the very tight turning circle.”

E R., IL (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Acceleration is average, but not meant to be anything but. Handling is good, but the car is 10 years old and getting a little loose.”

JEFF K., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Reliability. Except HID headlights”

ALI E., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“mediocre power, handling okay”

Anonymous, IN (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Daughter used it this year. Not good for a pushy driver. Hybrid battery went bad. Fixed it for $2000 instead of a new one from dealer for $4700.”

JOY L., DE (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Much better feel and driavability than I thought it would have before I bought the car.”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“I feel my Prius is an extension of my body. I fit behind the wheel perfectly. It drives like it reads my mind. I can parallel part like a truck driver. I can drive backward as easily as forward. I love it.”

L J., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“It's a 4-cylinder hybrid. Not exactly "peppy" or responsive. But I didn't really expect it to be.”

J C., MA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“It is slow, very slow. It accelerates slowly and it is not a "fast" car in any respect. The handling is fairly poor as well and the steering requires almost constant tendering even while driving on flat, straight surfaces.”

JON K., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“rough ride; lots of road noise”

LAURA B., WI (2006 Toyota Prius)

“I expected Priuses to be under-powered and was surprised at how peppy the one I test drove was. And I have NEVER had trouble accelerating to get into traffic on the interstate. And I come up to speed very quickly to merge.”

MARILYN H., NC (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Very little acceleration power. You cannot take any chances when merging onto Fast moving traffic. Also, car loses speed when going up long or steep incline. I understand the newer models aren't quite so bad in this respect.”

DENISE M., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Blind spots front and back”

Anonymous, MO (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Not great acceleration and when starting quickly from a stop, such as having to pull out into traffic, it seems to slip some times into neutral for a second. Scary”

MARY H., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

“It has a slight noise that bothers me a bit.”

STEWART U., MA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“I am 6'2" and the driver's seat is not comfortable for long trips.”

DANIEL K., MD (2006 Toyota Prius)

“One downside of the car is the interior noise level, which is pretty high. The other is the way the climate control system operates, which I find counter-intuitive. If I want it to conform to my thermostat setting I have to put it in "auto" mode, which automatically engages the air-conditioner, which I then have to turn off manually. It's a relatively minor complaint, and I've gotten used to it, but it's kind of a pain.”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“I think the noise level is too high when riding in this car.”

CHRISTIAN E., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“The seat has not been as comfortable for long trips as previous cars. The biggest issue is the amount of road noise - so much more than any car I've ever had”

SUE R., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Too noisy inside. Heat control does not respond to selected temperature well. A higher setting is needed at first, then the setting can be lowered.”

WAYNE W., BC (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Seated are comfortable but the road noise coming up through the floor is terrible.”

MARY H., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“I find the seats in this car very uncomfortable but my wife loves them and it is her car. The car also has really bad blind spots that you have to be aware of”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“there is a lot of road noise. I also have squeaks/rattles in the dash board. but it doesn't bother me too much because I don't drive for long times - most of the time”

JIM W., ID (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Seat cushions are thin. I use an additional cushion. My left knee often leans against the side of the armrest while I drive because I shift my foot position a lot trying to get comfortable. The armrest has no padding at all where it meets the side of my knee (which also has no padding).”

PHILLIP T., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Utilitarian car. Comfortable, but noisy ride. Average sound system. Climate control is adequate.”

JEFF K., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“The seats are not comfortable, I had to purchase an ergonomic seat. The new Prius have much more ergonomic seats.”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“very noise going down road,”

PAMELA M., OR (2006 Toyota Prius)

“After 10 yrs. The seats are not very comfortable. Comfortable seats appears to be one of the sacrifices made for high millage.”

SCOTT C., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“I had serious back problems before owning this car and had to use cushions to support my back. With the Prius I am very comfortable without any additional support.”

BETH B., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Poor ride, noisy”

WILLIAM C., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“This car is as comfortable Tostitos in the back as the front. It feels more like sitting in a chair than a bucket seat and has an ease to getting in and out of the vehicle. Better than any other car I've owned. Even my 6'6" husband fits comfortably.”

DAWN H., HI (2006 Toyota Prius)

“The seats should be more comfortable. This is most noticeable on long rides. More soundproofing should be added to reduce road noise etc.”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Rear seating is especially spacious, for size of vehicle.”

LEE E., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Road noise sometimes makes conversation difficult for someone with a slight hearing impairment”

JIM B., MA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Very utilitarian compared to Lexus.”

W M., NM (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Car is very light and some roads are rough, feel bumps, wind blows car around, less cushion in seats.”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Road/cabin noise is pronounced. Enough that I find it tiring on a long drive. I assume this is because the car is so light and lacks mass often added to help dampen noise.”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“I have chronic pain and no other car has the comfort of the seats this car has for me. Friends who have ridden with me or driven the car went on to buy a Prius themselves (seniors themselves BTW). It handles well too, which adds to comfort. The ecological? Priceless.”

RIA T., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“good ride”

ROBERT S., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“No lumbar support in seats”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Prius)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

“Incredibly reliable - virtually no down-time or repair expense. Very economical and eco-friendly.”

LEE E., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“I think the Prius is a great value because of the quality and economy it offers.”

BRUCE B., IL (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Car electronic was related to brake system, cost us over $700 to have it repaired. Otherwise car is fine to date.”

DAVID T., SC (2006 Toyota Prius)

“After 10+ years, most in the heat of Phoenix AZ, I have had to replace both water pumps and the 12 volt battery (once each). The main battery pack is still functioning well, although my gas mileage has dropped from 54 (for years!!) to 44.”

PHILIP B., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“I am the third owner, and believe I paid a bit too much (private owner sale). However, car was very well maintained (lots of records) and have had no issues with it since purchase.”

CLAYTON M., OK (2006 Toyota Prius)

“bought used for $9K. still worth close to that 3 years later. no major issues”

EDWARD K., UT (2006 Toyota Prius)

“great fuel economy, other than oil changes and check-ups never requires repairs. I have never owned a car as trouble free! All previous cars were either GM or Ford.”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Prius)

“excellent mileage and reliability”

JEFF S., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“The more that I drive this car, the more that I appreciate the fine engineering. Some careful thought and experience went into the design of this car's systesm.”

TERRY M., OH (2006 Toyota Prius)

“I have 90,000 miles on it. Never has it had to be repaired (motor and machinery) Outside body has had minor damage (by me). I just have it lubed and the oil changed. I like it that the cars look alike from one year to the next. No need to buy a knew car..”

L J., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“NO ONE tells you about having the secondary battery go out on you while driving! It is outrageous that it just stops with no warning. It stopped in traffic in a dangerous area. I feel you are doing people a disservice by not informing them of this issue. It happened to a friend of ours on a trip too. ALSO, the expense of having a headlight changed is outrageous! For all the great things about this car, these two items are really bad aspects of ownership.”

CHARLOTTE F., TN (2006 Toyota Prius)

“2006 Prius has a lot of features for a relatively inexpensive vehicle on top of very good fuel economy.”

TERRY G., NC (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Had to replace hybrid battery at 73000 miles. It was expensive to replace.”

Anonymous, UT (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Even if gas prices are down, this car is remarkable for gas efficiency. For trips it has been the go-to car for that reason. Even going into its 10th year on the road and 154,000+ miles, the major problems are rather minor (headlights keep burning out, tire pressure keeps needing tweaking and the sensor on the back passenger side tire has malfunctioned. I have not decided if the $168 price tag is worth getting it replaced. Otherwise I would buy this car again in a heartbeat.”

JOAN D., PA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“The car goes in for regular check-ups but I have never had to have anything fixed. It has only 48,000 miles on it (in ten years). I use high test gasoline and on the highway get up to 53 miles per gallon. I love the car.”

JANE F., DC (2006 Toyota Prius)

“The battery failed and it is unbelievably expensive to replace it. It is an old car with 165000 miles, and Toyota want $3000 to replace the battery. We could still use the car but it is not worth putting $3000 into it. Independent suppliers have rebuilt batteries for less, but it is very unclear how reliable the rebuilt batteries are.”

DAVID L., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“40-plus mpg (in spring, summer, and fall) on a 10 year old car is like putting money in the bank. Car is extremely reliable, never had any repairs done at all.”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Great car for the price. Excellent milage, lots of room inside”

DAVID S., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Used car with 204,000 miles purchased on eBay. Purchased directly from the seller for a fair price. Have owned 3 years, no issues.”

BRIAN N., ME (2006 Toyota Prius)

“I bought this at the height of the popularity of this generation of Toyota, where people were lining up for available cars. So there was no possibility of bargaining for a better price--demand was too high. That said, I've gotten 10 virtually trouble-free years from the car, so I am quite satisfied with the value for money long-term.”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Contrary to initial predictions, the hybrid batteries on these 2nd generation Prius's appear to be lasting a long time. No problems yet with this hybrid battery.”

ANDREW D., NH (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Prius is a very versatile car, with an amazing amount of interior space. The overall economy and reliability is the best factor.”

B S., NV (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Excellent car - no problems”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius)


MARTHA P., VA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Having owned this car for over 10 years I'd say it was well worth the money spent. It's been very trouble free and has performed well. The hybrid battery died after 10 years and I replaced it for $2550 and all is well again. I'll buy another one when I'm ready for it.”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Prius)

“I am very satisfied with the value of this vehicle. Besides gas savings, the car has been low maintenance for the most part and very reliable.”

DONALD R., VA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“The cost of replacing the hybrid batteries really eats into the value; that said, not much else has gone awry.”

J T., VA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“The Prius simply doesn't get driven enough to fully utilize the hybrid cost-saving advantage. Currently, it is being used for a 70+ mile round-trip commute, but for the majority of time I owned this vehicle, my daily commute was less than 5 miles.”

PRISCILLA B., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Only had some minor scratches when purchased, has been very reliable and inexpensive to operate”

CLARKE B., TX (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Bought the car used with 175k miles. It is a great little car. Efficient, quiet and drives well. We have had some high-mileage failures (battery I reconditioned myself and AC compressor I paid the dealer to fix for $1300 - ouch)”

KENNETH K., TN (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Wonderful gas mileage and a comfortable ride.”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Prius)

“I have 165000 miles on this car and it still runs great. Only problem was just yesterday when I got back from a long trip, the car had been sitting for over 2 month the battery was dead. AAA came and jumped it and I took it immediately to a local Toyota dealer and it needed to be replaced ($350).This was the original small battery and it had 2 bad cells. I plan to keep driving this car till it falls apart, hopefully after 250000 miles.”

PHILIP L., NC (2006 Toyota Prius)

“The hybrid batteries are wearing out after 10 years of service and mpg has decreased noticeably, although I can still achieve 41mpg city. Replacement batteries could cost up to $2000, something to consider when calculating the true operating cost of a hybrid vehicle.”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“This car is all about the gas mileage. I smile every time I go to fill up when I consider how often I fill up, how much I pay when I fill up, and the great gas mileage that I regularly enjoy.”

JON K., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“We got a good deal on a top-of-the-line model off the dealer's lot at the end of the model year.”

ROBERT D., NJ (2006 Toyota Prius)

“I bought our Prius well used with 219000 miles on it and I have put 55000 more miles on it this year. The car had been abused but still works well. The Prius community makes it easy to keep it going!”

BRUCE W., TX (2006 Toyota Prius)

“I get almost 100,000 miles to a set of Michelin tires”

MARK K., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“195,000 miles with minimal repairs other than normal service”

JIM B., MA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Great except that the big battery died ar 123,000 mikes”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Still get 48 MPG after 10 years, ethanol, and 130k miles of driving. No failures of car systems ever experienced thus far.”

WILLIAM J., VA (2006 Toyota Prius)

“I have gotten amazing service out of this car. I had the 1st expensive repairs when I had it smogged for the 1st time this year--DMV had never required this before. I guess at 10 years it's required. I do find the road noise annoying & the ride in backseat rough.”

A T., CA (2006 Toyota Prius)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

“There's so much room inside, and so much storage space.”

SUSAN R., CT (2006 Toyota Prius)

“Like design, some blind spots have to be noted and observed when driving”

Anonymous, MO (2006 Toyota Prius)


Anonymous, IN (2006 Toyota Prius)

“I always wondered why they penalize you on styling in order to "drive green" with the Prius.”

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota Prius)

“My wife has the 3rd generation style Prius which I find to be much better looking on the outside front end and the dashboard and console layout.”

BRIAN N., ME (2006 Toyota Prius)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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