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Toyota Prius 2009 4-door hatchback
Trim Shown: Sedan
The Prius has excellent fuel economy, decent acceleration, and good interior room. It coupled 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. The battery is charged while coasting or braking. The base version returned 44 mpg overall in our tests. Ride and handling are sound, but the steering is vague. The Touring version has better handling and braking, but returns a slightly worse 42 mpg overall. A rear camera is available and highly recommended. The 2010 redesign features a 1.8-liter engine and standard ESC.

See Reliability page for the latest 2009 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...


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


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


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels

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