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 stopped about 10 feet shorter from 60 mph. The main performance drawback is lower mpg: 42 vs. 44. However, the edge in performance could also give drivers an extra margin of safety.
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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

"Seats sit high which is nice for a small car. Ride is relatively comfortable. Very good acceleration as well."

Thomas K., ME (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Love the MPG and it is my go to car, we have 4 of them."

Larry C., PA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It's noisy and it seems like the engine revs very high for the speed, like the car is a little underpowered. This is most apparent at highway speeds."

Patrick L., WI (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It is a Touring model and feels like a substantial vehicle despite the good fuel economy."

Anita O., NM (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Lacks acceleration when merging on to highway."

W K., VA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Poor acceleration and handling. It's hard to get up to speed while merging onto a highway. Steering feedback is terrible."

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Considering what is is, the acceleration is adequate and handling good."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Acceleration is somewhat slow, but I expected this for a hybrid. My understanding now is that new hybrids and electrivcs are much better."

J C., NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I rarely pass a vehicle on 2 lane roads, the oomph isn't there to do so safely."

S F., NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Somewhat underpowered and rough ride. Our model is the Touring which is somewhat stiffer."

D H., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Lethargic acceleration Unsettled braking on uneven surfaces"

Jose V., ON (2008 Toyota Prius)

"driving is fun in the mts. handling very good for size of car."

Jim T., CO (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Accellarion good. Handling ok"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"My wife loves this car!"

Jeffrey J., GA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The acceleration and handling is more than adequate for a vehicle that can get almost 50MPG"

James L., TX (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Car has trouble going up the gravel drive..front wheels always spin even when it it dry. it is a great highway and in-town car, but the keyless entry is expensive and we have had to replace it twice in the 10 months we owned the car."

Anonymous, KS (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Can be sluggish to accelerate. Need to move the pedal farther to get acceleration than you would have to in a conventional car, so takes some getting use to."

Carl V., NJ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Comfortable ride with great acceleration and handling. Inside of vehicle is larger than it looks from the outside."

Anthony S., MS (2008 Toyota Prius)

"very roomy in this model excellent acceleration"

S B., OR (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Noisy when accelerating or going up hills. Insufficient engine braking when descending steep hills."

Glen T., VA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Extremely reliable, consistent performance. Easy to drive, easy to maintain. Not luxurious, but always delivers the performance we expect."

Edward W., NC (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Peppy, zooms around and easy to park."

Doug M., OR (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Acceleration is not quite what it was in other cars I've driven, but not bad, and once I got accustomed to that it doesn't bother me. I am completely happy with how it drives now that I'm used to it, with one important exception: traction. The traction is really questionable, even on WET roads, let alone snow or ice. We put the very best tires we can find on the car, but are still wary about using it in bad winter weather. Very glad to have a Subaru for winter!"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"We had a 2005 Prius and this one handles and rides better."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Too much cabin noise"

Hank F., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Acceleration and handling is fine except in a cross wind."

Clyde S., KS (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It's a little bit sluggish on acceleration but the handling is very precise and comfortable."

Mike M., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Touring edition is very solid on turns and curves."

Deborah H., WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It seems underpowered and very noisy as the motor winds out. Handling is fine."

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota Prius)

"handling and acceleration are more than adequate for both street and highway driving"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Very satisfied with the practical balance between fuel economy and power/acceleration. This prius has been used to pull a loaded trailer and carry very heavy loads inside and on a roof rack. It handled all this very well."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It seems to have lost some power when accelerating up hills."

Sharon P., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Never any problem with handling. Takes corners nicely. Accelerates nicely."

Barbara L., FL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The Prius still has excellent acceleration. It has always handled like a dream."

Joel R., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The handling is mushy. It doesn't grip the road like my 1985 Honda Accord. The Honda always felt very secure, even at high speeds. The Prius feels floaty, as if it would lurch off a curvy road except at very moderate speeds."

Lynn L., OR (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Pleased with acceleration for hybrid small car at on ramps, interstate driving. Am a small person and car comfortable, acceptable response in turns, rapid response situations. Love it!"

Barbara H., TX (2008 Toyota Prius)

"driving is not precise, tends to wander on road. not an alignment issue. acceleration is an effort, engine revs loudly."

Anonymous, IN (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Average, nothing special"

Anonymous, RI (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I like the handling and accelerating past gas stations"

George A., VA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Great acceleration and handling. Best car I’ve ever driven."

Elizabeth R., WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"hill climbing lags a bit on freeways"

Henry S., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Easy to drive. Because of the mpg I have become a safer driver."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Acceleration is more than adequate for entering highways and it handles well."

Traci T., SC (2008 Toyota Prius)

"easy to handle, good turning radius"

Barbara S., NC (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Very responsive in handling"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The acceleration is acceptable for a car averaging 46mpg. It handles very well."

Clyde S., KS (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Handles very smoothly and maneuvers easily."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"no problem getting in and out of traffic"

Susan R., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The MPG was decreased over the years, but the current MPG is still better than our Infiniti"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The light weight and overall height made the car sensitive to side winds. I added the "Touring" components. Otherwise, very satisfactory. Not the fun of driving my BMW's, but we were looking for a different experience here. Also, the simple-minded traction control made this a very marginal snow car - any slippage of one wheel shut down the motor - actually dangerous in some situations. One could try to pull out from a turn, lurch into the intersection, and have the traction control cut the engine. I bought a set of dedicated snow tires and rims which helped, but still not a good snow car."

Kristin P., WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Just about perfect"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The bad for me is I has to replace the battery and this car is just over 20 years old. It cost close to $3000. The acceleration is good in this car but if I stomp on the gas, there is hesitation. It handles great"

Louis M., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It still provides needed acceleration on the highway to get around traffic"

Robert K., VA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I kind of understand how those accidents happen with the Prius jumping out of control while driving (the steering). Luckily I DO keep both hands ont he wheel most all the time. There fore when I hit a bot hole or someother bump on the road I can feel the steering wheel "trying" to JUMP out of my hands. Like if I did not keep a FIRM hold on the wheel the car would totally go off on it's own, I DO keep a firm hold and it only takes seconds to rectify! That is scary when it happens. Did you ever do a recall on that steering issue? Perhaps I should take my car in and have them look at it.. Free of Charge of course, and YES, I have had this issue since I have had the car, I just chose to manage it and deal with it..and I guess perhaps I am "lucky" I have had no "serious" issues as a result of that happening when I hit bumps, ie potholes"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Accelerates well enough to merge in freeway traffic. Quiet at all speeds."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Acceleration is poor. It can maintain speed but engine can be noisy at high speeds. This is VERY noticable when the car is fully loaded."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Prius)

"a little slow on start up and hesitation on switch over to motor mode above 30mph"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Smooth, enjoyable, almost as good as a Lincoln Towncar."

John P., NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Very noisy acceleration, easily pushed by wind, corrective measures at speed are likely to cause poor consequences."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Great acceleration in power mode"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It accelerates a bit on the slower side but maintains whatever speed easily. It is responsive to turns and changes direction easily."

Anonymous, ME (2008 Toyota Prius)

"reasonably good, not tremendous acceleration, but one doesn't expect that in this kind of car"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Prius)

"This car really has not aged in performance! It still handles well, accelerates well, loves to go over 70 mph and gets its best mileage at higher speeds! Other than checking/adding oil in between changes it has no problems. Just a couple times it needed mechanical repairs which were dealt with readily by AAA and Toyota. Now it's out of warranty but shows no signs of problems! Its extremely dependable and I love the quiet electric motor and the mileage!"

Sharon H., WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"First it is not a sports car. However as an everyday family car , i feel it to be a good overall handling vehicle. The acceleration is sufficient for almost all situations. I have never had an issue with blending into highway traffic from an entrance ramp. I have traveled on 1400 mile trips with the cargo area fully loaded and the car handled wonderful. It does well in snow with good all season tires and I feel comfortable in heavy rain."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Acceleration is good,. handling feels solid and well-made."

Ryan J., IL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Accelerates very well, but also the accelerator pedal is touchy at low speeds. Handling is predictable, but vague."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Has excellent acceleration and handling,"

Bob S., CO (2008 Toyota Prius)

"with upgraded tires, handling is very confident. Wife loves the sure feel, good visibility (has rear camera). For small car does OK at highway speeds on long trips."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Initial acceleration is good due to dual gasoline and electric motors. Somewhat less acceleration at higher speeds. Extremely easy to handle and park."

S G., FL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Could be quieter, peppier, and have tighter handling."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Fine on highways, even when we lived in the Austin TX area with its interstates and vert fast traffic. Could be difficult, even dangerous in a few entrances and exits within Austin."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The car runs fine on the highway when I have already accelerated to a high speed and of course gas mileage is great; but I live in an area of rough and sometimes steep roads and this car cannot negotiate these very well. I have had to back down a street that a friend lives on because the car just could not make it up to the top. Snow can make the task even more difficult. My last car was a Toyota Tercel with standard transmission and I could go anywhere if I downshifted into first or second. In addition the Prius sits too low to the ground--great care has to be taken on unpaved roads and many people in my area live on unpaved roads."

Joanna B., WY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"ease of driving in traffic."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Torque and acceleration excellent. Especially using the battery, smooth, powerful."

David K., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I wish it had more acceleration, but, once it gets up to speed, it is smooth and capable of the high speeds demanded on the Californnia freeways."

Y K., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The Prius does not turn in quite the same way as other cars we have driven. The front feels like it's turning wider. It took a few months to get used to it, and compensate for it."

John B., MD (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Surprisingly good acceleration for a4 cylinder hybrid"

R R., NM (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Difficult to use for interstate driving in hilly terrain (e.g., U.S. 17 in NY State)"

A W., CT (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I have a friend who had never ridden in a Prius. She kept telling me how slow and awful they were to drive. Then she rode with me. You should have seen the look on her face when we easily merged with cars going better than 70 mph. I haven't heard a single snide remark since then!"

LOIS C., NC (2008 Toyota Prius)

"For a hybrid excellent acceleration."

T B., FL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"This touring sedan handles as well as premium sport sedans I driven. Excellent handling car."

BRUCE E., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Drives great."

ROBERT H., FL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Very dependable."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Prius)

"feel the lesser power and the battery/engine kicking in handout"

JANICE R., OH (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Handles great. Fantastic accelaration."

JAY B., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"acceration fine, handling is very poor"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I've gotten used to it, but it's a little pokey and the drive by wire system's lag is still noticeable especially especially compared to my Honda Ridgeline."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Solid car. After the dealership performed 120,000 mile tuneup (I chose to have it performed early), mileage dropped 3/4 miles per gallon. Dealership states they did nothing to alter my mileage."

DENNIS R., WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Gas mileage is the best. I will always purchase a hybrid in the future."

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Poor traction in snow"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"When starting out on an uneven or rough surface, the drive system is often fooled into thinking it's on a slippery surface and throttles back and forth when you try to accelerate out into traffic at a faster pace."

BRIAN F., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The headlights were never very bright, the Toyota dealer fine, but I took it to an independent , mechanic who diagnosed the problem in less than 5 minutes and replaced the bulbs in less than 30 minutes. On the positive side, it is a comfortable drive and gets consistently good 44mpg."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Acceleration and handling are ok, thought noisy ride"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"We really like our Prius, but wish it had a little more ground clearance. Mud, leaves and debris coat the underbody since it is so close to the ground. We also scrape all the plastic pieces under the front of the vehicle."

RICHARD N., OR (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The car drives well in general, is responsive and solid. My one wish as a resident of MA with timeshares in VT is an available all-wheel drive, such as I had on my previous car, a Subaru Forester."

GEORGE B., MA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"not very fast, but sporty isn't why we got it."

Anonymous, IN (2008 Toyota Prius)

"This is not a race car, but it has plenty of umph for merging, entering a highway etc. It has never been a problem for me. The ESC, as you recommended years ago, is fantastic. I've taken this car to an ice covered parking lot, accelerated and turned. The ESC has always kept the car on track. It is a fantastic safety feature."

PAMLYN A., MA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The car is easy to handle. Acceleration is satisfactory but could use more power when entering freeway."

JOHN B., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Blind spots everywhere."

R R., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Turning radius is good. Easy to handle"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It is a little sluggish in accelerating."

STANLEY A., PA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"In the flat lands of Texas, car has as much acceleration as any SANE driver needs. We took it to Colorado one year, and it struggled on the very high mountain passes (although this is an extreme case)."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Prius)

"When car hits bumps it occasionally skids for a brief moment. This has been an issue I believe with Priuses."

Anonymous, OR (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The Prius handles extremely well. You always feel in control in this car."

MICHAEL G., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"actually its in this category that terrible rear vision arises."

ERNEST H., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The Prius has over 300,000 miles on it, still drives so comfortably, handles so smoothly, and the gas mileage is fantastic, sometimes 55 mpg on a tank of gas that includes a lot of highway driving. Would buy another Prius in an instant, and plan to if and when this one ever dies. The Prius has paid for itself in gas savings over the mini van that used to get 25 mpg (which wasn't bad)."

JAMES L., IL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"View in rear view mirror is weird and poor."

GEORGE B., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Turning radius and handling"

GENE H., TX (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I had to add the Touring suspension to make it handle better in crosswinds, but have been very happy with it since then."

KRISTIN P., WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"we had a previous 2008 Prius that averaged 50 mpg and this one has never done that. Repeated requests to the dealer never changed to lower mpg"

ROLAND F., CT (2008 Toyota Prius)

"This Prius has performed very well on the flat driving, which is by far the most common. It struggles to climb the mountain roads Arizona. It performed very well on cross country trips from AZ to Minnesota and Illinois, with freeway mileage averaging 47 mpg; even at speeds over the posted 70 mph. There was also plenty of room to carry a lot of luggage."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Good acceleration and handling. Is a very quite car to drive."

DEE T., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Great acceleration. Good handling."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I was able to disarm the traction control for my use on gravel roads. This improved my driving enjoyment, but though predictable, it handled too much like a station wagon (constant fish-tailing) and went through tires almost every oil change. I'm a rural mail carrier in NE Iowa. I use my 06 CRV full time now, even though the prius saved me 15-20 dollars a day on gas."

Anonymous, IA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Lethargic acceleration"

JOSE V., ON (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It drives comfortably. It's a perfectly adequate car. It feels safe and handles predictably"

DAVID M., NC (2008 Toyota Prius)

"When I go from a particular street to another, the ground must not be even and traction control or something kicks in - it feels like I'm loosing control of the car. It's scary. Took me years to get used to it. Happens at other times too."

ELIZABETH T., NC (2008 Toyota Prius)

"QUIET at stops it's a zippy smallish yet roomy car. It is just reliable"

DIRK R., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Because this is a hybrid vehicle, acceleration is a bit slow."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Very tight steering, good acceleration!"

ED H., MI (2008 Toyota Prius)

"There is a little less acceleration than I would like for merging into fast traffic. It does not drive that well in the rain or snow. It feels "loose", like it won't hold the road if I go too fast."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The response times of the internal computers is pitiful. The driver has to be very, very, deliberate when selecting Reverse or Drive, or turning the system on or off."

DAVID A., TX (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Acceleration: Car seems to strain driving up even low hills with AC on, so we usually turn it off until we reach the crest of the hill. Annoying!"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Prius)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Rough ride, terrible in the back seat. Noise level is high. Seats lack lumbar support."

Wendy W., NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Our Prius is used principally as an urban transportation vehicle (mainly city driving in LA area). Seats are OK for short distances but not very comfortable for occasional long trips (say from LA to San Francisco). Wind noise has gradually increased over the years. However gas mileage has been excellent."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The seats and interior are good, but I wish the drivers seat could be adjusted further back."

Edward L., WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Seats are comfortable but much lower (of course) than the Sienna. Ride is good for a small car."

Francis B., TX (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Uncomfortable front seats Noise ride"

Jose V., ON (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Seat's aren't that supportive and it's a bit noisy on rougher roads and highway."

Glenn S., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"A great car that is great for short distance driving. It is very loud on the interstate (wind and road noise)."

Richard N., OR (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Lower back support is minimal due to seat back wings near top."

Deborah H., WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Ride is a bit stiff and hard on bumps, I suppose as a result of the light weight of the car for better gas mileage."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Some what loud from road noise."

Karl Z., MA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"seats are getting less supportive w/ time, althouigh still pretty firm"

Kathleen S., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"ride very comfort, handling fun, driving in mts fun."

Jim T., CO (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Ride is rather bumpy on the highway and also noisy."

J C., NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"comfortable seats. Only problem is the rear view which is in two parts and makes it hard to have good view behind you"

Carynne A., ON (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The visibility is poor for a person of my height. The seats are only manual and not heated"

Henry L., IL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Quiet and comfortable. Sensitive to cross winds."

Clyde S., KS (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Could use more driver leg room."

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The Prius runs quietly and rides quietly. It handles bumps very well. The seats have great lumbar support and are comfortable even on long drives."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Engine is silent. Seats are quite comfortable"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Seats get hard after 4 hours. High road nnoise. Ride a lttle too firm partly due to firm tire pressure."

Brooke A., PA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Noisy, noisy! Comfort is pretty good for a 9 year old car."

Eric K., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Much too low to comfortably enter the car. Car too close to ground to feel safe. Front window at too low an angle, so sun beats down on front seat people. Huge blind spot in back is unsafe."

Anonymous, OR (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Ride is somewhat noisy and stiff, but I have the sport suspension package. Rattles in the dash area are annoying and always moving around. Otherwise a great little car."

Doug D., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Noise lots of road noise"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Toyota Prius)

"the seats are not comfortable, the nav system is hard to use and it is very hard to see out of. It is a tin can. My wife likes it because it is somewhat green and the milage is good. I would never take it on a long trip"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"seats not supportive for long trips"

Daniel W., IN (2008 Toyota Prius)

"We love the Prius, and would take more trips in it, but it is just not comfortable for long distances. We need to take more frequent brakes. The wind noise (whistling) is annoying at high speeds."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Seats too hard. Too narrow. Not enough floor space. Not enough leg room."

Robert J., TN (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It’s about a two hour car and always has been. Ant ride longer than that is quite uncomfortable"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Too much road noise. I have to recline the seat to keep my head from rubbing on the roof. The length of legs to reach the pedals and the length of arms to reach the steering wheel ratio is wrong."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Wind noise, rough ride"

William T., CT (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The seats could use more cushioning and thigh support for long trips and I wish the seat could be moved back farther, since I am tall. Wind noise has gotten worse over time."

Traci T., SC (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Not enough storage/console room. Not soundproof enough...windy sound. Body too low to the ground - not enough clearance to get over even many driveways. Love the turning radius and ease of parallel parking. Great gas mileage. Happy with excelleration."

Anonymous, TN (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I wish the seats were more comfortable for longer drives."

Tanya M., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The seats, though not luxurious, are very supportive and comfortable. However, being tall and with long legs the front legroom is not great. So shortly after I got my car I purchased on line and installed a product called "Extend My Seats" which increased my leg room 4-5 inches. It is great product and now I am very comfortable driving."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The seats are not long enough under the thighs, and seat adjustability is limited (can't compensate for the seat depth by moving the seat components). Lower back pain is not unusual when traveling for more than an hour."

Mark A., MN (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Seats very comfortable. Too much road noise is the only drawback to this car. Ride is good."

Elizabeth R., WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Seats are hard and uncomfortable on long drives."

Susan A., CT (2008 Toyota Prius)

"A quiet, comfortable ride."

Joan P., MN (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Seats not hard enough. Seats feel that one is riding a bit low. Back support less firm than other vehicles"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"fine for commuting and short trips but cramped for longer trips."

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The Prius has plenty of legroom, both front and back, but as a taller (6’1’) person, the seats are a bit uncomfortable. I would prefer more thigh support."

Ted F., VA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"only adjusts fore and aft not up and down."

Charles B., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"good for long distance driving. Low engine noise. heat seats great."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I wish there was less cabin noise in freeway driving. Not good for listening to quieter types of music."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The engine has gotten noisier as it aged. Tires wear out far more quickly than warranty mileage, adding to noise discomfort."

Ken L., PA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"After 10 years of use and my body getting older I find the ride quite adequate, but realize I will probably get power seats for more, easier adjustment since I am not so nimble! Also a newer suspension system may be a little more comfortable, but overall its an amazing car and wish I could get another one just like it!"

Sharon H., WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It handles much more solidly than other hybrids I have driven. A very solid and well-made car."

Ryan J., IL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The car is roomy and comfortable to sit in, especially for its size and function. It's noisier than a more luxurious sedan and not as smooth a ride, but we understood this when we purchased the car. We made the purchase because of the Prius fuel economy and environmental friendliness and have been overall very satisfied with it."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"VERY QUITE GOOD RITE"

Mary H., TX (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Many auto seats make my back hurt, especially Hondas and, unfortunately, my husband's Chevrolet Volt. I think this is because of the sports styling which makes the seat bottom curve up on each side. The Prius seat is flatter and I find it much more comfortable. I have found this with all Toyota seats."

Anonymous, VT (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The 2008 Toyota is pretty standard. It's an economical car. It rides low and you feel the road. But it handles sharply. The seats are comfortable but not super comfy. It can be a little noisy, even with the windows up. You can definitely feel the wind buffeting the car when traveling down the highway. Still, it has handled pretty reliably."

Linda C., MO (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The ride is noisey, particularly on the highway. Seats are more comfortable than the 2010 that we own. The switch for the heated seats is located on the side of the seat and offers 2 heating levels, rather than just 1 seating on the 2010."

Jeffrey M., WI (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Low noise and comfortable heated seats"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The noise level in the Prius is high, I think, while driving on the highway & contributes to my fatigue on long trips."

Lee B., MN (2008 Toyota Prius)

"My complaint is that the ride is too rough. Rides more like my pickup than my previous Camry. The other complaint is that the noise of hitting a bump, as a highway expansion joint, is not absorbed but radiates through the car and seems almost magnified."

Alta-Floyd B., PA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The car is comfortable, but due to the lightness of the chassis, there is considerable noise. Also, the rear window is placed in a position where itis hard to see out of it. I understand that feature was corrected in later models."

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Seats do not have sufficient lumbar support."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I find the seats comfortable, not luxurious but comfortable. The ride is generally good unless on bad roads or construction. Then the vibration feedback is a bit uncomfortable. The studded snows make a lot of noise but not bad in summer"

Anonymous, ME (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Mice can get into the dashboard and interior of the car. I had to have the dealer remove the dashboard and clean out numerous nests and dead mice that were preventing the fan and heating system from working properly. The seats and floor also had numerous mice turds and xxxxx spots. They put in some screens to prevent this in the future but at least one mouse has gotten around the screens. I consider this a design flaw but I was charged $500 for these repairs. I will not buy another Prius unless I know for certain that this flaw has been corrected. I was told that at least 2 people a week were coming into the dealer with the same complaint."

Joanna B., WY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Both front and back seats are comfortable and the ride is smooth. There is some noise, but not a lot."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Quiet, firm seats, secure ride."

David K., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The seats are reasonably comfortable, but wish it was a bit more quiet. Like that I am able to get my bicycle into the car with the rear seat down. This space also allows me to haul fairly large objects without renting a truck or paying for delivery,"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I have the sport package, which makes for a rougher ride compared to my previous Toyota (Camry). Also the road noise can be significant on some surfaces. I understand both of these issues have been improved in newer models."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Uncomfortable seats make long road trips difficult"

Roselyn C., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It's very comfortable on long trips and and rides smooth and quiet."

Clyde S., KS (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The ride is very harsh on our local (poorly maintained) roads. Hard on my back, which is a major reason we bought the Subaru"

Donald G., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"very good for short distances. Gets flat over longer driving distances"

Henry S., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The 2008 Toyota Prius includes the following standard features in the base model which were outstanding at the time of purchase within the price range (10 years ago): 1. Rear-view camera, with multiple camera input sources combined to create a very wide-angle composite image 2. Proximity sensor key-fob / keyless entry 3. Push-button start / proximity sensor These features greatly contribute to a comfortable experience using the car everyday. These features were not offered as standard features on any other vehicles in the price range in 2008 (that I know of). Also, I think the sound quality from the OEM sound system/speakers is above-average for the price point."

Peter W., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Quiet ride and seats are comfortable."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Load road noise. Seats are very comfortable, though."

Sally B., NH (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I wish for an adjustable lumbar support and more durable seat materials (cloth)"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Prius)

"inadequate leg room"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Has befome noisy from road surface"

Dale B., HI (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The seats are not that comfortable because there is no seat control. The ride is quiet for this size of car and the ride is smooth."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The seats in the Prius don't give me the degree of support I'd like to have on a long trip. It's just fine for local errands, but after about an hour I begin to tire much faster than I do in some other vehicles."

John H., VA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Noise - the only issue has been a squeaking noise from the front passenger seat that I or my Toyota have been able to correct for years now."

Randy K., NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Very noisy ride and generally uncomfortable particularly on longer drives."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Like a favorite easy-chair - nothing spectacular but its comfortable for long commutes."

Lee A., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The seats would be more comfortable if they were electrically adjustable. I'm assuming this luxury items would add weight and reduce mpg. The car is very noisy, especially when accelerating. And, because of the lack of luxury features, like thicker leather or padding, the ride is a bit rough."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Adequate, but can get uncomfortable on long trips"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I always have to use an air cushion for back support on the front seats, otherwise, I found the Prius zippy, and really appreciated the great mileage. I would recommend the Prius to others."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"EXCELLENT SEATS NOISE LEVEL HIGH RIDE NEVER DISAPPOINTS"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I wish the driver's seat had lumbar adjustments; I used a rolled towel. I wish there was less road noise so I could hear quieter music better."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Road noise very loud. No insulation. Handles well. Rides well. Great accelaration. Climate control is good once I figured it out. Dash indicators need to be distinguished from others."

JAY B., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Seat bottom is a bit short, a bit too much noise when on interstates for me, excellent climate control.."

Anonymous, NH (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Awful. No lumbar support. Terrible road noise. Have to turn radio volume up to high when driving over 45 with windows up"

HAL T., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"A very harsh, economy-car ride"

RICHARD R., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Like most compact/intermediate cars, there is too much road noise. I don't know just why manufacturers can't spend a few more dollars and quiet-down the cars more. It would make for a much nicer driving experience. Just tack on the cost for noise containment to the price of the car."

RICHARD S., OR (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Noticed some wind noise when driving"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Seats are very comfortable, but the ride is pretty stiff and and quite a bit of road noise makes it's way into the interior. Handling is ok, but I think it would have been better had I purchased the touring package with the tuned suspension system and larger wheels."

RICK R., AR (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Thigh support is lacking. Lower part of seat is a little short."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I wish the driver's seat was more of a sportier bucket-style that hugged me on the sides, more like my 1989 Mazda 323 had."

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Noise level is rather loud."

KARL Z., MA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The car is just too noisy on the highway and the seats are hard and don't adjust. This is a strong enough factor that I will seek a quieter, more comfortable car the next time I buy."

DAVID U., IN (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The seats are surprisingly comfortable on long rides. We've driven as much as 835 miles in one day quite a few times (NYC to Chicago) and I found the seats to be great"

PAMLYN A., MA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"There is some annoying interior noise associated with the hybrid drivetrain battery recharging/charging system when under way."

H D., TN (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The rear hatch handle broke due to substandard material. The rubber handle cover melted. Toyota refuses to acknowledge this. The top back flair of the trunk finish deteriorated."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Noise level is high."

DAVID S., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Seats do not have vertical adjustment; I'd like to be able to raise or lower the seat height."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Road noise on our Prius is ongoing from purchase, even with new tires."

JIM D., WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"There is more road noise than we would like."

Anonymous, OR (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Lots of wind noise, climate control for comfort requires temp to be set at about 80 when AC running and about 70 when heater running"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The sight lines for the river are inadequate. I find myself craning my neck to try to see cars around me. The seat causes me to hunch my shoulders and tilt my head forward unless I use a small pillow to fill the lower back area. There is a rattle on the dash where it meets the small triangular window by the driver's side that has never been solved by the dealer. They "can't replicate it"."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"noisy at highway sppeds, Too noisy for long trips"

W K., VA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The Prius is very good value for the money. Unfortunately, I am 6'5" and the leg room is not nearly enough for me."

MICHAEL G., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The driver's seat is not the most comfortable on long trips, and the leather is of very poor quality. I would have preferred more adjustable seating, and a choice of better quality leather. It is noisier than a larger car. But, aside from these complaints, the car has been delightful to drive, with virtually no mechanical problems and low maintanence costs. The Prius also has great pickup for a car its size."

MYRA S., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Road noise is significant if riding on worn or rough roads. The ride is hard, similar to a sports car."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Good, Very good gas mileage, very reliable. Considerable cargo space when back seat folded down. It can hold two bicycles inside. Provides large cargo space for camping gear. I think the newer model reduced cargo space, so I may be forced to go to the Prious V to maintain space. Bad, A little more interior noise than I would like. Soundproofing should be improved."

TIMOTHY F., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Seating is not very comfortable for long distances."

Anonymous, IN (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Poor lumbar support; my back aches after driving, even for 15 min or so. Somewhat noisy. Visibility out back window is poor"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Not very comfortable for me, I'm 6'3" tall. It;s great for my wife, she's 5'7""

BARRY S., KS (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Would like more comfortable seats. Everything else is good."

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The seats are too short under the thighs, and overall have poor adjustability. A telescopic steering wheel would help, too."

MARK A., MN (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Tight ride"

DAVID L., NJ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Seats are very comfortable as the lumbar support is right where both my husband and I need it."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Four adults for an 8 hour drive we were quite comfortable in Prius"

PAOLA S., PA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It has a rather stiff ride and not enough leg-room for a tall driver. It's hard to get in and out of -- partly because it's so low to the ground. This should be a consideration for older (or otherwise mobility-challenged) drivers and passengers."

JAMES G., NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Seats are not comfortable after about 2 hours in them."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"the Prius has a solid, comfortable ride, but if I could change one thing, it would be to make the ride quieter. I bellieve the newer models address this issue."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"we have to turn the heater control to 78° before it heats up on cold mornings, even after we have driven for a couple of miles, our climate is temperate, rarely below freezing in the winter."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The Prius Touring is a bit stiff and bumpy. My wife says that even though the mileage is wonderful, she wants a more comfortable seat and ride if we're going on a longer trip. It's fine for in town/expressway, but a bit noisy."

FRANK G., OH (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Wish that electric seat controls and heated seats had been an option"

TARI N., WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It is much more comfortable and quiet than than the 2001 Honda Civic or the 1998 Toyota Corolla I used to own."

DANIEL F., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It is noisier than I would like. Suboptimal on long trips."

DALE C., WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Road noise could've less for more comfort"

EILEEN S., LA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Lack of driver seat lumbar support/adjustment."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Cabin road noise is our only complaint."

PAMELA M., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"In the past year the car has become very noisy- road noise especially. Also the air conditioner was never very efficient compared to similar vehicles in the same class that I have rented. Hope the newer models have fixed this"

ELIZABETH G., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The 2008 Prius front seats are more comfortable than any other car I have ever driven or been in as as passenger."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Not a lot of road noise , a/c still works on a 10 year old car and seating position and comfort are excellent"

CHRIS B., BC (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It's comfortable even for short people. I got the leather seats. There's something under the leather that has actually rolled up and now there's a bump. Can hear a lot of road noise. I have to turn my radio up when I go on the highway. Climate control works well keeping it at a consistent, comfortable temperature, but the auto defrost and feet vents, where I'd like to choose which vents it uses when on auto."

ELIZABETH T., NC (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The dash squeaks often."

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Amazing leg room front and back for a small car."

NANCY M., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"A lot of road noise and the seats are not the most comfortable."

T B., FL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Steering wheel needs to extend for people with longer legs."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Climate control system works very well"

RICHARD J., IL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I wish the car were not so noisy on the road."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Seats could use a little more padding. I have never been a fan of automatic climate control."

ROBIN R., MD (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Seats are uncomfortable; I drive a minimum of 2 hrs a day and have a hip replacement which bothers me when I sit in the Prius that long. I have not experienced this when riding in my husband's car, a Hyundai. Also the Prius has a great deal of road noise making it difficult to use a cell phone. Because of the road noise and uncomfortable car seats, I would never take my Prius on a road trip which is disappointing."

ROSELYN C., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"We try not to use the Prius for long drives -- more than 200 miles -- because I get cramped staying in these seats for extended periods."

JOHN H., VA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Seats are comfortable, but they rattle. Dash is built well, but seems a little loose. Its light weight for a reason, so it's a tradeoff."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I'm a big man yet I can drive long distances in the Prius comfortably. That has not been the case with most other cars I've owned."

CRAIG-BARBARA R., TX (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Excellent climate control. We drive our parents to appts and shopping and they are cozy cool or warm in the backseat. Noise level is acceptable. Ride is also acceptable."

S S., WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I am 6'4" so the driver seat is somewhat uncomfortable to get into"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Front seats could be more comfortable"

STEVEN R., OR (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I'm 6'2", the seats were not designed for my long legs. Not comfortable for longer trips."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The Gen 2 inside vehicle noise level in the rear seats is noticeably noiser than front seats. When the Gen 3 Prius came out I checked the rear seat noise levels during the first year and last year. The rear seat noise levels were not noticeably quieter than my Gen 2 Prius. In general, I wish the Prius had better handling and acceleration, but accepted it as a adequate tradeoff for high mileage. It's still an amazing car."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Lots of road noise. Seats uncomfortable on a log trip."

ELIZABETH P., NC (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I have the cloth interior which has not held up very well. I will get leather in my next prius. I like the way it handles, gas mileage. The noise level could be improved"

GRACE W., TN (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Easy to get in and out of vehicle, excellent A/C and good ride. But at highway speeds the vehicle gets overextended fast."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"We think the ride could be smoother. Seems to take bumps somewhat hard."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The leg- & headroom in both the front & back seats is remarkable for the overall size of this care."

DAVID B., PA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Seats cramped. Rear vision is bad"

ERNEST H., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"High level of highway noise"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Prius)

"This model Prius has too much road noise. Being hard of hearing, it's difficult to hear others compared to other cars. It's for this reason that I'd not buy another at this time unless they could demonstrate that they improved this."

TIM C., FL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Seats are very comfortable on long distance trips"

MARK J., NV (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Seats and noise probably reason for changing to another (more luxurious) brand"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Seats are comfortable for rides less than 2 hours, but anything over that requires stops to stretch the legs. Climate control is good for the front seats but poor for the back. Road noise is quite loud for this top of the line model. Acceleration is quite good for a midsize car. Handling is good."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"More foot room, especially on driver's side would improve my husband's opinion of the car. Telescoping steering wheel would allow for long legs."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Insufficient thigh support for the front passenger."

WILLIAM F., IL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The seat height is not adjustable, making for a poor driving position for a tall driver."

JOHN S., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"The car was priced reasonably low and has been extremely durable throughout its life. The gas mileage has remained very high."

Anonymous, OK (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Our Prius, knock on wood, has been rock solid - only routine maintenance needed. The brakes have not even been replaced with almost 200,000 miles. It is surprising how much stuff can fit in the back - it can haul a lot. And the gas mileage is excellent. My only complaint is the it is somewhat noisy and sometimes seems just a touch underpowered."

Patrick L., WI (2008 Toyota Prius)

"car is great car,"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Excellent since it has been easy and relatively inexpensive to maintain; also excellent gas mileage continues at this age of the car and 65,000 miles driven."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"mileage and reliability and customer service"

James F., TX (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Good gas mileage"

James W., TX (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Never any upkeep cost other than routine maintenance. Gas mileage is nice too"

Doug M., OR (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Good mileage. Adequate transportation."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Vehicle ia starting to show it's age and may be rapidly approaching the end of its service life. When it was new, it was a great little car. It seems to be decling at a somewhat geometric rate."

Margo C., FL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"While the Prius costs more than other comparably sized cars, the savings on gas for long term driving is well worth it. We live 50 miles from work (one way) and are very satisfied with our Prius. Started off getting 48 MPH when new, now 9 years and 300,000 miles later still getting 42 MPH."

Anthony S., MS (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The best value for the money of any car I have owned."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Just changed brakes after 255,000 Very reliable car"

William K., CT (2008 Toyota Prius)

"cheap to drive original brakes dealer is excellent would buy again!!"

Randy T., WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"This car has required virtually no repairs in the first 175,000 miles. That's good value!"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It has 94,000 miles and is still going strong. Doesn't look new but it gets the job done just like it was new. A great car."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Unsure whether investment in hybrid technology has produced a positive ROI, but it has felt like a positive thing to do."

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It's got 215000 miles, still gets 44 mpg, and looks new"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Good handling, comfortable, very, very reliable. Fantastic fuel mileage."

Ron D., CO (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Excellent gas mileage in both city and highway driving. Seats 5 in reasonable comfort. Flexible seating (rear seats can be dropped down to provide hatchback-like space for cargo)."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"For the money, they could be more thoughtful with color choices, (hybrid is limited); passenger seat options, and conveniences -"

S K., MD (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The Prius gets consistently excellent gas milage and has needed little other than tires and oil changes in maintenance costs."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Thousands of miles with regular maintenance and no significant issues. Great general purpose car high on the ergonomic scale. Yes, we love the gas mileage and the no pollute when idle function."

Peter H., WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Great economical car. Gets a solid 45mpg and the car just works."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"A great reliable car at a great price, with great gas mileage."

Seth H., VA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Easy to park and maneuver, great fuel economy and very low emissions. Road noise is noticeable."

Richard N., OR (2008 Toyota Prius)

"We have gone 110,000 miles with very few maintenance needs - replaced tires, and did brakes for the fist time at 100,000 miles. Great gas mileage. Reliable, fuel efficient car."

Carl V., NJ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The Prius is simply a great car. Other cars with similar MPG cost more or don't perform as well. Exceptionally reliable."

Mandell W., CO (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Gas mileage is great. I wanted a vehicle that is better for the environment."

E W., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The Prius was a great option in 2008 as an affordable, fuel-efficient car. We've gotten very satisfactory performance and reliability out of it with scant degradation in mileage/range. We're glad we opted for the Prius at that time."

Timothy B., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Only routine service required. No outrageous repairs ever!"

Karen F., NJ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Operation has been flawless. Gas economy has ALWAYS been around 45mpg. Lately it has dropped to around 42mpg."

Francis B., TX (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Love my Prius. The gas mileage is phenomenal and the car is so easy to handle. Good pep for a little car. Will buy another one soon."

Karyn S., IL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It is a super value! It is reliable and I don't have to worry about whether it will get me to where I want to go."

Y K., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Paint is of poor quality to the point I am considering having the vehicle painted ."

Patsy G., VA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The gas mileage has been great. We have the car regularly serviced, but have had very few repairs. The handling and turning off the car took some getting used to, but now we are old pros at it. Sometimes we use the built in navigation, but the updated maps are costly, so often we use Google Maps on our iPhones. This has been a fantastic car for us. We are very pleased."

John B., MD (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Car has been very reliable, few rrpairs, easy to drive and park, good gas mileage"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I bought he Prius mainly to get the good gas mileage and to be environmentally just. the car has done well with mileage. Starting off in the high 50s and over its life dropping to the high to mid 40s. This I expected as the battery aged. On long trips I can still crank out 52.mpg. As far as reliability I have saved considerably here. Only expenses have been oil changes, tires, a water pump, and front disk pads at 128,000 miles. Very reliable"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"This is a value oriented vehicle concerning gas mileage. I not only save money, but my time is important to me. I don't need to stop and gas up very often which frees my time."

Denise W., FL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I believe it takes about 5 years to justify the cost savings in gas with respect to the vehicle cost. I have owned the vehicle for over 10 years and am enjoying the savings."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Very reliable vehicle"

Bob S., CO (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Very reliable transportation. Surprisingly good ride at highway speeds."

Michael H., AL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Super reliable. Great mileage."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"This car was a great buy. Low maintenance, very reliable, and consistent fuel economy (without trying). A solid car. I cannot say that I like it, but after 205,000 miles it is still running like a top. I am trying to talk myself out of buying another."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Has lasted for 11 years with no major problems other than headlights going out at 170000. Excellent mileage."

David L., WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"mpg few repairs"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Because I made this purchase when Priuses were in high demand and scarce I had to pay more than the MSRP. I feel that the dealer gouged me but I love the car."

Mary Lynne F., NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Great mileage, very reliable car has never needed repair."

S G., FL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"nothing ever breaks"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Great value (gas mileage) and great reliability"

Philip K., OH (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Nearly 200,000 miles with no problems other than wear items. Excellent gas mileage."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Great gas mileage, very reliable, and moderate maintenance costs."

Donald G., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Prius has very low maintenance cost. However if the battery fails it will be VERY costly."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Prius)

"This is the best, most reliable,least expensive to operate vehicle we have ever owned. With routine maintenance it just performs beautifully.Replaced brakes at 100,000 miles and other routine items that wear out over time, but no surprises or disappointments. We also use 4 snow tires in winter and it becomes excellent on snowy roads. Can't say enough about what a great car this is."

Christine S., NJ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Economical"

Anthony K., OR (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It's a great car accept in the snow."

Anonymous, ME (2008 Toyota Prius)

"After nearly 300,000 miles still gets >40 mph. Very minor repair/replacement required."

Anthony S., MS (2008 Toyota Prius)

"At 225,000 miles with no major repairs and no battery replacement, we've definitely got our money back on this car!"

Richard M., NC (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I do not get the value I expected from gas mileage. There are a number of factors that contribute to one's ability to achieve better results but many are not applicable to how and when I use the car, e.g., gliding, use in warmer weather, less city driving."

Marli R., ON (2008 Toyota Prius)

"fuel efficient"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Watch out for fuel tank bladder issues in these old Prius"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Our Prius has 210,000 miles with very few problems. Basically we changed the tires and had to change out the front wheel bearings but have had no other issues."

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota Prius)

"mileage is so great! carbon footprint is so modest compared to all-gas powered vehicles"

C S., NM (2008 Toyota Prius)

"other than normal oil changes, filter replacements and tires its a car that will go another 100000 miles."

Daniel W., IN (2008 Toyota Prius)

"We bought the Prius when gasoline was very expensive. We got a very good deal on the car and we feel we've earned our money back in gas savings. We had traded a BMW X5 that used premium gas for this car when we were making a lot of travel trips. We definitely have saved money with this car."

Linda C., MO (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Best car in value, I have ever purchased"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Love that for the life of the car I am averaging 50 MPG."

Michael B., TX (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Still impressed with gas mileage which is one of the original reasons for buying plus the reliability of Toyota. So far just basic maintenance and things that have to be replaced with age and wear."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The better gas mileage compensates for the higher purchase price"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Has been largely trouble-free for 10 years and has kept excellent fuel mileage. Purchased an extended warranty but have never needed it."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Great mileage, good handling, very reliable, interior is well designed and very durable—much better than later models of the Prius, ample luggage space for road trips. No major repairs in 10 years and 210,000 miles/-a great bargain for $27000!!"

Roselyn C., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Best car I ever owned. After 10 years, we've spent under $1,000, (other then proventive maintenance), on repairs. The car still has the original; break pads."

Joel R., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Paid 22,000 new in 2008 and have had no major maintenance issues in 103000+ miles - including two coast-to-coast trips"

Robert K., VA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Great mpg"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Great car. Kept oil changes and fluids up and there have been no driving problems at all. Incredible reliability"

William B., TX (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It always runs well and gets great mileage-usually 48-50 in the summer-44 in the winter"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The car has been solid as a rock. One necessary repair in 100K+ miles is hard to beat (12v battery, quick and relatively cheap). Terrific valus."

Kristin P., WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"front Bearings replaced twice. Smooth ride. Excellent mileage. Still looks brand new on exterior. Mild wear on interior."

John P., NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Excellent mileage, low maintenance and reasonably priced repairs and the fact that I’m almost at 400,000 miles made this car a great purchase."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"no problems"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Solid car with very little problems, low maintenance fees and good gas milage."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Has been a great workhorse with great mileage. Have transported a great variety of things, including large furniture, with the back seats down."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Great reliability and great mpg"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"This is an ideal car for short trips around town, with decent, easy-to-access space for groceries. OK passenger seating room."

Bruce F., CO (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Paid $32K in 2008 for top of the line with almost all the available options. Cost for a new model similarly equipped is close to that now."

Robert S., NC (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Great milage. VERY dependable. This car doesn't break down. I have the oil changed every 5k miles and change all filters when due."

Richard B., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Great gas mileage. Somewhat more expensive to buy but saved money over the life of the car. Very reliable car to own."

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"We feel we've had excellent value from the car. We've had no repairs other than routine maintenance."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The Prius uses an internal combustion engine system assisted by a motor. As such, it requires all of the same, expensive maintenance of a non-hybrid. When I asked my mechanic if he works on electrics, he rhetorically replied, "What is there to do to them?" All-electric is a much simpler maintenance proposition."

Timothy B., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It was a good value at the time when there were few Hybrids"

Brooks F., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"This is a most economical car,comfortable ,lots of extras are not needed to improve my satisfaction"

Margery M., NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"comfortable ride, gas mileage"

Susan R., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"At 97,000 miles, it's still going strong and dependable."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I have loved the gas mileage throughout the life of the car. I got a good deal. There has been very little wrong with the car until now."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The car has been extremely reliable and economical to drive."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"My 2008 Toyota Prius has been an excellent value. Obviously buying a hybrid saves money on gas, but at the time of purchase hybrids were relatively new and I was slightly concerned about reliability (unproven tech). I have been 100% satisfied with the reliability of the car at 130k miles."

Peter W., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Great gas mileage and relatively low maintenance. Ten years old with few significant maintenance bills."

Lee A., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Mainly got it for the great MPG (low fuel cost) on a car style and size with practical utility."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Best value for a hybrid model"

Anonymous, RI (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Purchased Prius for spouse who had 70 mile drive to work daily. Aside from numerous recalls and a difficult dealer, the car performed well for this and saved her a lot in gas costs."

James R., IN (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Hardly any problems. Good gas mileage. Still looks good. Use for everything. Best buy for the money."

Anonymous, IA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"great mileage, dependable, trouble free with low maintenance costs."

William R., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The Prius was relatively inexpensive and has gotten great gas mileage and had very few repairs. It has provided very reliable transportation and a very low cost."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It was a very good deal"

Roger H., MI (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Very good gas mileage, and good reliability."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It always runs. I have made no significant repairs. The gas milage is outstanding."

Roger H., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Our experiences with our Prius (we've had two 2008's) have been exemplary. It has been ultra-reliable, especially considering how complex the vehicle is. It never gives us any grief. We've never asked ourselves why we bought the car(s). And we definitely will buy another one when we outgrow this one. Considering everything, this car is quite a value! We didn't buy the car to save the planet, we bought it for its great gas mileage and are not disappointed."

RICHARD S., OR (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Exceptional value!"

ROBIN R., MD (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Great, reliable car"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Reliability of the Prius has been excellent through the years. In addition, it is surprisingly roomy for transportation of cargo. I once fit a large dining room table and 6 stocky chairs into the car. The person I bought the table from was shocked at how chairs kept disappearing into the car's interior."

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I'm happy with the cost, reliability, and gas mileage of this car"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Excellent gas mileage and very low repair history over the life of the car."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Very good gas mileage. Relatively small size is a good match to the size of our short driveway, as well as to the narrow roads, curves, and hills in our part of Berkeley."

DONALD G., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Reliable and gas mileage"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I bought this 2008 Prius when they were in very high demand and ended up paying more than the MSRP. I don't regret buying the car but I have a bad taste in my mouth about the dealership."

MARY LYNNE F., NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"awesome gas mileage"

DEBORAH F., LA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"My husband purchased his 2008 Prius from his mother who stopped driving after entering a retirement community, so he was able to pay less than half of what she had paid. He had been wanting a Prius but didn't want to pay what used ones were selling for, so he feels like he got a very good deal."

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Outstanding gas mileage and reliability"

NANCY H., DE (2008 Toyota Prius)

"operates well with low maintenance costs."

HARVEY M., ON (2008 Toyota Prius)

"CD/DVD player takes 6 disks. Excellent! I listen to audio books while driving."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Prius)

"DRIVES PRETTY NICE, HAS HAD A RATTLE IN REAR PASSENGER DOOR, OTHERWISE IT IS PRETTY NICE RIDE A LIL MUCH ON ROAD NOISE TOO"

K C., FL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Consistently has been Maintenance free. Battery pack failed @ 130,000 miles & was replaced under warranty with no problems & completed in a few hours."

GARY M., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The car gets great mileage especially when going long distance, getting over 50 miles a gallon."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Bullet proof reliability"

JOSE V., ON (2008 Toyota Prius)

"gas mileage is excellent"

RICHARD J., IL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"It's rock solid reliable, very efficient, safe, and perfectly functional, even after 92,000 miles."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Extremely reliable,inexpensive to operate"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Excellent value"

M B., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Outstanding value and dependability"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Extremely reliable and economical. I wish US made cars were on the same level."

KIM D., IL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Overall value is incredibly good, mpg above 40 overall, resale value is great and low maintenance costs."

CORTNEY D., MA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Extra price I paid for a Hybrid was not economic. Gas Mileage isn't very poor (for a hybrid) esp with short trips in hot weather. Lots of maintenance issues."

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Most reliable car ever owned. Continues to perform well as it ages."

FRANK R., MA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"extremely good mileage and overall price"

JOSEPH P., NJ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Love the car...great fuel economy..car has Bluetooth connectivity and rear camera. Small, easy to drive, snappy..also purchased second hand"

LINDA K., HI (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Very dependable. In 8 years only replaced auxiliary battery."

WOODROW H., NC (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Feel like the consistent fuel performance and general reliability of the Prius have been great."

JOHN W., MN (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Extraordinarily durable, and it is almost as useful as a pickup truck regarding how much stuff you can get in it."

Anonymous, AL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Car has averaged 45 mpg over an 8 year period ( and 83,000 miles ); fuel economy is excellent. Have saved thousands of dollars and been easier on the environment."

LANETTE G., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"After a servicing my mileage went from 44 to 39-40 and they've never been able to solve it."

ROBERT C., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The Prius is costly. The mileage is great, and I'm happy to reduce my carbon footprint somewhat, but those savings and emissions reductions come at a high price on the sticker."

R M., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"We paid the full list price for this vehicle in 2008 but it has given us comfortable, reliable service ever since whether in the summer or winter, city or highway, rain or shine. Everything works just as it did eight years ago. On the down side, the nav system was not intuitive, klunky to program, led us to unpredictable destinations and was preposterously expensive to update. (We never did) Overall it is a superb vehicle and I would buy one again in a heartbeat."

R C., AR (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Extremely happy with the car."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Prius)

"consistant 48-50 mpg over 8 years No needed service other than fluids"

ROGER H., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Excellent milage."

D- M S., MD (2008 Toyota Prius)

"sips gas. had no problems with it at all."

ANDREW S., OK (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Should get better gas mileage for the high price"

BARRY S., KS (2008 Toyota Prius)

"needs disc brakes all around. needs lumbar support."

JEAN-CLAUDE D., VA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"This car had 240,000 km and aside from maintenance has been trouble free."

BRAD H., ON (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The 2008 Prius has been a great car up until recently. At 76,000 miles and 8.5 years the hybrid battery failed. Originally the cost quoted was over $3822, but after discussing that car was only 6 months our of warranty and this was my 4th Toyota the cost was reduced to $1248. Still disappointing that the battery only lasted 76,000 miles."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Better gas mileage. Did me well when gas was approaching $4 per gallon"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"good value for a used vehicle."

HENRY S., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"The gas mileage is well known. What has really surprised me is that the Prius has been decidedly least costly vehicle I've ever owned. Aside from maintenance, I've paid next to nothing for repairs. I intend to replace my '08 Prius in the next year or so. I intend to buy another new Prius."

DANIEL Y., NY (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Can't beat the gas milage. I always get at least 50 mpg in city driving."

Anonymous, NM (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Reasonable price, low maintenance costs, great gas mileage, very very comfortable ride."

MARK J., NV (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Great value. For the price paid one get lots of equipment and everything works. The exception is the radio which is now having issues."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Rough noisy ride, uncomfortable seats. Very small. Husband likes better than I do."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Fantastic mileage, very low operating costs and very reliable"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I save enough money on gas alone to make my payments & still save money each month. This is a really comfortable ride with many bells & whistles... I will have to insist on these for my next vehicle."

ED H., MI (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Because of the gas savings the vehicle is definitely a great value."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

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How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Just don't like the body style, just bought for gas milage"

RONALD U., IL (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I love the leather seats in my 2008 Prius. While I would like to buy a newer model, I will not. That's because Prius no longer offers leather seats. So I am forced to hang onto this 2008 Prius forever!"

ROSALIE H., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I wish designers would find a way to accommodate women's purses"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Toyota Prius)

"unable to judge front or back when parking."

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Don't like the bar across the back window as it somewhat obstructs the rear view."

J B., VT (2008 Toyota Prius)

"like the hatchback fold down seats"

DEBORAH F., LA (2008 Toyota Prius)

"I do not like the split rear window. It ends up that I don't look at the bottom half of it as much as I would if it were a full window."

JULIE A., CT (2008 Toyota Prius)

"Very easy car to drive, well insulate and cools rather quickly. Although it is a 2008 I get many compliments on the car and it is mistaken for a new one. The only complaint I have is that the front end rides rather low and at times will scrape the curb if pulling forward. I don't if it is because of that but somewhere I lost the front grill which is plastic. I will definitely have to replace is."

DEE T., CA (2008 Toyota Prius)

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