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The Prius has excellent fuel economy, decent acceleration, and good interior room. It couples a 1.5-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor and automatically switches between them or runs on both as needed. The engine shuts off at idle and the car can run on electric power at low speeds. Regenerative braking recharges the battery while coasting or braking. The base version returned 44 mpg overall in our tests. Ride and handing are competent, but the steering feels vague. The Touring version has wider wheels and tires and a tighter suspension, which improves handling and braking, but it returns a slightly worse 42 mpg overall. A rear camera is available and highly recommended. Side and curtain air bags are now standard, but electronic stability control is just optional.

See Reliability page for the latest 2008 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

Opting for the high-end Touring version of the Prius brings wider wheels and tires and a tighter suspension than the car's base version. This gives it better handling and braking, so it got through our avoidance maneuver three mph faster. It also sto...

Highs

  • Fuel economy, low emissions, transmission, ride quality, hatchback versatility.

Lows

  • Steering feel, multifunction display, low beam HID headlights.

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
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 4 hybrid (110 hp)