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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.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2007. ESC 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 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. We think that's worth the extra money.

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)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 Toyota Prius owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Cruise control

“After hitting the brake I have to turn off cruise control and turn it on again to get it to reset. Occasionally it turns off on the road on it's own”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Cruise control drops out after a time”

Ronald M., NY (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Gauges

“Main dashboard display died; replaced under dealer extended warranty program, this is a known occasional defect caused by a defective circuit board”

Irl S., MA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The heads-up display went out. Dealer installed a re-manufactured display unit at no charge as there was a campaign, and this is a known issue”

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The combination meter, which includes the speedometer and a few other guages stopped working, which is a common problem among 2nd generation Prii, so that there's a service bulletin on it”

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Original headlight bulbs burned out within 6 months of each other. I guess 7 year life span seems reasonable”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Had both headlamps go out at the same time on a trip. Had to take to dealer because of location and timing of the trip”

Anonymous, OR (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“one headlight quit functioning a few years ago but was under warranty. The other one quit working and we had to pay”

Alan H., WV (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Head light burned out”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Two or three times, one headlight or the other fails - it turns out to be expensive to replace it, and I can't do it myself”

Ramamoorthi B., MA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Left headlight cover leaked causing light to fail. Fix at dealer was expensive”

Judith R., OR (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headlight goes on and off. Service department works on it, it works and then next thing we know, it isn't working. Can't seem to find problem”

Lucille W., CA (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Both HID headlights failed. Would start initially but then dimmed and turned off soon after. Originally under a factory recall, but no longer covered. Very difficult to replace bulbs”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“One headlight seal leaked and it had to be replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“It has the specialty led lights which are no longer used. It cost $300 to replace, but a computer chip went out because of a water leak in the cover so it cost $800 to replace”

Barbara N., TX (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Head light stopped working. It was the opposite headlight that I had replaced last year”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The left front headlight had a crack in the assembly, had to replace the entire light assembly and the bulb. The assembly was $350 and the new headlight is $200. Now the right front headlight is flickering, doesn't always come on. VERY expensive to repair. The bulb is outrageous”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headlights cost $270 each to replace”

Raymond B., AZ (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“One of the headlights burned out prematurely, needed replacement”

Anonymous, IA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Intermittent connection. Sometimes one headlight doesn't work, and sometimes it does work”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headlight bulb went out - very, very expensive to replace”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Each headlight would intermittently blink on/off when it was time to replace it. The replacement cost was a whopping $300 each!”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Battery went out which caused the headlights to failed to come on”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“moisture collected inside and caused damage”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Both front headlights had to be replaced as they went out”

John R., GA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Excessive cost to repair. Started out at $900 and negotiated down to $400 to replace 2 headlights”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“headlights burned out and had to be relaced at a cost of 400 dollars”

Rick-Roberta H., PA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headlights both burned out at a cost of $425.00. Thought this was very excessive, but the dealer said they warranted for the life of the car after that”

Allan D., IA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Persistent problems with driver-side headlight; technicians at two dealers have tried to diagnose and repair and problem persists. Light turns out at ignition then fades out in 30 sec to 5 minutes”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“One headlight burned out but the cost was $450 to replace, because the front bumper has to be removed to replace the bulb and ballast module. Cost estimates ran to $750!”

Geoffrey S., NC (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Bulb replacement is very costly. Poorly designed for what should be routine maintanence. Bulbs burned out at different times and each time the whole front of the car has to be disassembled”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headlights, when activated, would suddenly stop working at various times. You would have to manually turn the light switch to the "off" position and back to the "on" position to get the lights to come back on. This became a serious problem from a saf”

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The L front headlight goes off and on while driving. The dealership told us that the light was going out. The cost for them to replace 1 headlight is around $300. The bulb replacement is $150. Not only is the bulb expensive, but it is a difficult are”

Corinne S., VA (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Right headlight goes out intermittently - have had it evaluated 2-3 times. Replaced the light about 2 months ago - still having problems”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I have had to replace both HD headlights at a cost of $230 each. That is outrageous”

Anonymous, OR (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Driving lights can not be adjustable up/down and are low for me. Serious safety issue for driving at night. The headlights have been replaced twice. They would have charged me $300 plus. I investigated and there was a agreement, so I got it free”

Ray G., PA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“BOTH HID headlight assemblies leaked, ruining the computer-controlled ballast and blowing the lamps! Repairs totaled over $1600! I'll never buy HID headlights again... The rest of the car is GOLDEN”

B B., NC (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I had to pay $620.00 to replace the halogen light bulbs for each headlight for a total of $1240.00. This includes the capacitors as well. this is an unacceptable expense for a car of this price and age”

Michael W., TX (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Frequent Headlight failures on both Prius, possibly 1 per year”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Have to remove front bumper to replace lamp. I have had to replace it TWO times since purchase”

Ron-Jackie P., TX (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Replacing headlight bulbs requires removing front bumper! Very expensive, quoted base cost $750. per headlight! Dealership refused to lower the overall cost if both bulbs replaced at same time. Very unhappy with Toyota court re service”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headlights keep burning out after a couple months. Never seen this on any other car”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“One headlight went out, but then worked. Repair shop said this was typical of for these headlights as they begin to fail. Headlights were expensive and required the front bumper removed to replace them and should do both at same time. Bill was $600”

David G., OH (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“have replaced the bulb twice in the past 6 months so i have to take the car in to get checked out”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headloghts needed replacing twice in the ladt 12 months”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The headlights, bulb and ballast, have burned out in both right and left side. Plus the lights in regular on position do not seem to go as far as they should to safely see anything at night. They SUCK! Fog lights do not turn on w/o headlights on”

Ken C., VA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“HID bulb burned out. Cost $166.00 to replace bulb”

Philip B., PA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“One headlight would stop working and had issues we got them to address”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Challenging to replace”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“headlight bulbs burned out. Difficult & expensive to replace”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The driver's side headlight went out. I was SHOCKED that the replacement bulb costs $150 and it cost $106 to install it! That's outrageous! The passenger light was dim, so I ordered a new bulb online for $45 and installed it myself in less than an ho”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“thereat brake light failed; this too has happened before, and no sensor tells us about it”

Ramamoorthi B., MA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I was stopped by the police and discovered most of my rear lights needed to be replated but my headlight seems to have a short”

Colette M., CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Also frequent failures”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Keyless entry

“Key fob battery needed replacement too often, i.e., about every 45 days”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The remote "key" is sometimes inconsistent in what doors it unlocks. It occasionally gives higher priority to the passenger-side front door than it does to the two back doors. The car sometimes complains with its irritating sound that something is amiss (e.g., a door ajar, a light left on), when actually nothing at all is a problem”

Ralph B., NC (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“key fob got washed and replacing the battery did not make it functional replacement is very expernsive”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Driver side door does not sense fob. Has been a problem for several years but too expensive to repair”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The keyless remote locked the car if it was left inside and engine off and doors and windows closed”

Kathleen C., WA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The driver's side door at one time would unlock automatically when touched if I had the fob in my possession. It no longer does”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Battery in keyless failed. Had to replace battery”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“This key seems to be having lots of problems. I replaced the battery but the care does not lock sometimes and I have to take the small key out of the auto key fob”

Colette M., CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“When approaching car, without using the key fob the car will unlock”

Philip B., PA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Battery on fobs died. $600 to replace 2 of them”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The keyless entry stops working sporadically. It will work for a while. Then not. I have changed the batteries several times. Sometimes, when I am holding the key in my hand, the dashboard indicates "no key". The problem is happens mostly with the dr”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Tire pressure monitor

“Showing pressure problems when imbalances were minimal. Had gauge(s) replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The tire pressure warning light does not respond to the addition of air in the tires to correct tire pressure. The service shop has disabled it at my request”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“no longer works”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The dash lights go out suddenly, including the screen that controls audio, gas comsumption and climate. I received an extended warranty notice from Toyota that described this problem exactly. The combination meter is the bad part. Replacing soon”

Henry M., IN (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The "Seatbelt" light came on, and could not stop beeping or be switched off. It was actually a problem with the seatbelt sensor - not the warning light”

Blake H., ON (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Wiper motor or washer

“Intermittent wiper no longer worked. Also, wipers did not "park" in down position after being turned off”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
12V power plug

“Battery died and was very difficult to open the hatch”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“battery ran down and could not get into car to acess interior, had to call AAA to start car to recharge battery, then week or 2 later still having problems and had to replace 12v battery”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The 12 volt battery was totally down and the car lost power and could not be operated”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“12v battery died and had to be jumped. Jumper connection under hood doesn't work. Getting to actual battery is impossible since the trunk won't open”

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Remote engine starter

“The remote starter battery expired and required replacement”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen difficult to see

“The intensity of lighting has not been consistently strong for the Display screen which shows the speedometer, odometer and fuel gauge. So I sometimes must turn up to maximum the separate lighting-intensity knob. Relatedly(?), the fuel gauge will still warn & show "empty" even though I have added 3 to 5 gallons of gasoline”

Ralph B., NC (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen freezes up

“The display screen is totally non-responsive to touch. I can only control the audio and AC with the steering wheel and dash button controls. I have been told that it is not repairable and needs to be replaced. It has been totally unusable since 2014. Replacement cost quoted at $1600”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The display screen freezes up . It looks good but doesn't respond”

Don P., IL (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“It explains itself! I had to replace it several years ago and I am having the same problem again. I can operate the. A/C from the steering wheel and radio works”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The in-dash display screen malfunctioned, including my rear view via the back-up camera. The entire unit had to be replaced”

Thomas A., NC (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“same as before”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“one day about three weeks ago, my display screen refused to accept touch. The panel which controls radio, air conditioning, heat etc doesn't function. requires replacement. new parts and labor about 2300”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The touch systems of the Multi function display failed after 5 years. I cannot do any entry because the touch shifted. Toyota only offers solutions in the thoUSnds of dollars. I will have to repair with after market solutions”

Alberto G., MD (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Can't make any changes on the screen. When filling up with gas, can't get to screen to reset mpg. Can't pair new phone with system”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The display stopped responding to touch. I was told it had to be replaced at a cost of $1600. Seems like it should last longer. GPS & Bluetooth now inaccessible. HVAC tricky to control”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Intermittent display screen issues with freezing up and going blank just prior to extended warranty (75K miles) expiring”

Carla W., CA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“stopped responding to touch”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen goes blank

“The main display screen for control and navigation died. Found a local shop that would send it off to a specialist shop for repair. Has worked perfectly since”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“This actually happened a couple of years ago, I think I forgot to report it. It cost about $2,000.00 to replace the whole unit containing the display screen. The car ran fine, but without the information from the screen, it was unsafe to drive”

Anonymous, NV (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The screen randomly goes blank and won't allow access to the system. This was especially problematic in the winter when we could not turn on the defrost. It was estimated at $4000 to fix which is more than the car is worth”

Don P., IL (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“had to replace the display screen; extremely expensive”

Anonymous, HI (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Model 5 Prius display screen failed. Replacement unit was about $2000 but I found a shop in the Midwest that repaired it for about $350. I shipped it to them and it took about a week turnaround. Car was drivable with the display removed so not a huge deal”

R S., OR (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Screen froze and went blank, but some controls were intermittent on the steering wheel. Replaced screen”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Short in system resulted in shutdown of backup camera, sound system, and manual AC control. Cost to repair $1672”

Raymond B., AZ (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The entire display screen needed to be removed and replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Display screen would on and off go blank, became progressively worse until it stopped working all together”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius)

“display would freeze or go blank”

Clark D., FL (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Intermittent issues with display screen going blank and then restarting”

Carla W., CA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“controlled system failed”

Michael O., MA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Updated maps is considered a part and is over $60 per update. My Garmin cost less than $150 and I have life time updates 4 times a year. $60 for each update in my Prius is ridiculous”

Effie S., ID (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“It misdirects me or can't find where I'm going”

Katherine H., WA (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Impossible to program accurately”

Frank G., CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Cars battery went dead while my brother borrowed the car. He "jumped" it and the Navigation hasn't worked since then. Or the blue tooth”

Cornells H., NY (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“System experienced problems then stopped working. $1300 for base replacement cost. No GPS equals no Bluetooth, no backup camera, and back to basic radio control. Very unhappy with Toyota”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Radio

“Satellite receiver replaced”

Caden V., CA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“can't control music system from the touch screen panel i can cycle through options with a button on the steering wheel”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Controls on right side of steering wheel for climate control and for access to info screen have failed. Controls on left side for audio and climate control have not failed”

Anonymous, NM (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
CD player

“This is small but the disc and track ID feature has never worked reliably on the CD player and it matters because this means you have either to memorize or guess which disc is in which position in the player. It's more an annoyance than anything”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Cars battery went dead while it was borrowed by my brother and the blue tooth hasn't worked right since”

Cornells H., NY (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“tools in trunk rattle unless covered with bubble wrap”

Robert B., OH (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Car is getting louder. It is harder to converse with people in the back seat”

Katherine H., WA (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“possible front suspension noises”

Anonymous, DE (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“There is a rattle in the driver door under the window. I cannot find the source”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rattle noise in the driver's side front. Had it fixed twice. Rattle noise in the rear - intermittent”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“constant, annoying rubbing squeak where the dashboard sections "fit" together”

Anonymous, OR (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“near glove box, dealer said common to this car. still there”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The air conditioning "groans" when it comes on occasionally”

Sherri G., OK (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“squeaks and rattles over rough roads”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I have a noise whenever the climate fan goes on or off. It has been diagnosed as the fan motor going out but I have not had it fixed because the mechanic said it will cost several hundred dollars at least to fix it since it is hard to get to”

Marilyn M., CO (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“This car has rattled since the beginning. Sounds like it's coming from the dashboard. Very annoying and constant sound”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“This car has squeaks and rattles all over the place. It's not a single source, but multiple places”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“There is an as-yet-unidentified squeak & rattle generated when driving over bumps and average road imperfections. It could be the rear cargo cover, the rear bench seat, the rear under-floor cargo tray, or some other component”

Andrew K., MN (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Dashboard rattle by door speaker”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Squeaks with a front wheel, along with "scraping" noise. Will have checked out, but hearing increasingly over past few months. Some minor dashboard rattles, but VERY few problems outside that”

Anonymous, IN (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rattle in dash board. Once was fixed but now there is another”

Anonymous, ID (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Air or water leaks

“It was with the cooling system, needing a new water pump”

Theresa A., MN (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“water leak in heavy rain around rear door”

Anonymous, SC (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Water pump failed and started to leak”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Lots of water leaking underneath seats, up to several inches in spare tire well; resulting in moldy smell. Dealer says it's fixed, water comes back. Seals aren't working”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Water pump leak”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“wind and road noise”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“the battery kept self discharging, would not hold a charge. original battery was replaced at a cost of $300. The replacement battery had to be replaced after several months , (free, under warranty). I have long periods of disuse. sometimes 10 days or more. working okay now”

David H., MI (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The control circuit battery had to be replaced”

Clayton D., ME (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“the car looses charge on the service battery. If it does I have to jump start the car. I have to drive the car 10 miles every other day to insure I have enough charge on the battery for when it is needed for medical appointments, etc”

David H., MI (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Normal battery lifetime issue”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Had to replace normal battery. Cost was astronomical. New none only 36 month guarntee”

Patric W., NV (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“A cell in the auxiliary battery failed causing the car to not start after being parked for a couple of days. I had the battery replaced”

Patrick H., CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Starter Battery failed at time of radiator problem, $200 replacement”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The 12 V battery has reached its life expectancy”

Larry R., CO (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“12v battery has been replaced during the warranty period of the battery. This is the third battery I have gotten from the dealer”

Anonymous, UT (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The car would start but several of the dash warning lights came on. It was towed to Toyota where they found a problem with the electronic "brain" of the system and it had to be repaired. Without the warranty, it would have been a $3,000 charge”

Peter H., NJ (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“2 computers failed on Hybrid drive and emission control systems”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“hybrid water valve assembly not working right”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“battery aways goes dead when left sitting for 3 months”

Carl B., WA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“On two separate occasions in the last year we accidentally left the car with the electrics in accessary mode. This depleted the 12 volt battery within 2 hours. We couldn't restart the car and had to call AAA. Would't it be possible to prevent this?”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Coil

“ignition coil failure in two cylinders”

M B., CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Electronic ignition

“Could not turn off the engine”

Dolores L., FL (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Hybrid/electric battery replacement

“The car failed to start. I needed a jump. Called a tow truck to do it. 2 weeks later failed to start. Had to tow it to dealer who replaced the battery. Now it runs like new again”

Robert L., NY (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Easy replacement of smaller, 'starter' battery at the dealership, BUT many problems getting car out of the garage. No AAA Tow Co. knew how to handle a 'dead' Prius, stuck in a garage. After 2 failures, I got the name of the Toyota Dealer's Tow Co”

Mary M., FL (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

“replaced 05/17”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“It was leaking and it needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Pump leaked and was replaced”

Anonymous, MO (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Leaking water pump discovered during 70,000 mile checkup by dealer's service department”

Anonymous, KS (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The water pump started to leak and I had it replaced at the dealer”

Timothy W., CA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“pump failed and was leaking, replaced timing belt when it was replaced, also battery was replaced due to age cost about $900 at the dealer”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Had to replace water pump at around 75,000 miles. Should not hav problems with that few miles”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“water ump leak. Toyota did not spot it on inspection outside retailer did”

Patric W., NV (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Needed to be replaced, according to the dealer”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The pump went out shortly after the odometer went over 100,000 miles. Fortunately covered under the dealer's powertrain warranty...they replaced the timing belt, too, due to antifreeze leaking onto it. Only cost me gas for the loaner”

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Repair was made following a check engine light. This was an expensive repair after only 28,000 miles”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“water pump failed. Happily we had a 7 year extended warranty so it was fully covered. Otherwise we were looking at $350”

Larry R., CO (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Water pump was found to be leaking”

Anonymous, UT (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Overheating

“overheated and battery went dead in heavy hot traffic when not moveing”

Carl B., WA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Radiator

“Warning light, test identified Coolant system. Turned out to be a bad sensor that would cause engine to overheat without warning. $850 repair, including radiator flush (83000 miles)”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“Because the rotors are rusted, they are more corrosive to the brake pads (sort of like sandpaper). This is causing the brake pads to wear more quickly”

Jay W., WA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“A great car, but some components are prone to salt-induced corrosion in our climate: brake rotors, headlight levelling sensors”

David C., NY (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“We had to have the brakes replaced after they adjusted the braking system after the safety recall and then we just had to have them replaced again this year - which is unheard of for a Prius. Don't know if it is incompetent mechanics or poor design”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Rotors

“normal wear & tear”

Anonymous, MN (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Driving in Washington State with very little salt on the road, the rotors have rusted to the point where they need to be replaced”

Jay W., WA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Squeaking

“After being replaced for the first time in over 180000 miles, the brakes sometimes squeaked. The dealer adjusted them. They work fine”

Curt M., IL (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“ABS system is too sensitive! It tries to lock the brakes during ordinary driving, especially during mild acceleration on pavement with small puddles or smooth painted stripes”

Louise O., FL (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“system needed repair after standard brake change”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“When brakes are pressed over a bump or over a man hole cover, the brakes release and the car slides forward past the object and then reengages. Have told Toyota this issue repeatedly with no resolution in sight. Why have you not brought this issue”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“When I applied the brakes I would hear a toot toot noise. Car was under warranty. Dealer replace ABS system and computer. Toot toot disappeared but brakes tend to chatter when close to stopping”

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Master cylinder

“Failure of the very expensive brake actuator”

Anonymous, ME (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Took it in and they replaced the brake pads”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“First Brake Job since new”

Stanley B., BC (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Regular brake failure

“Front brakes needed replacing”

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“Wind dam under front bumper came loose due to pulling forward too far and catching it on parking bumpers or curbs. Had to purchase new under bumper dam”

J H., KS (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rear Hatch Latch Molding broke. Trim piece poorly designed to resist forces when hatch is lifted at the same time to unlatch the lock”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Spots of cracking and rust on the roof and dimpling on the area below the back window”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The back part of the car has been fading for years now. At this point, the only thing I could do would be to get it painted, but I choose not to”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Paint peeling on very front edge of hood on underside”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Paint started peeling away from rear spoiler on back hatch and then continued to the top. Repainted the top and rear hatch but now the hood and sides are peeling”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Clearcoat on roof peeled off and tail wind downforce fin faded”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Paint fading on rear hatch”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Paint on the door handles is cracking. Paint on the air foil is fading”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Clear coat coming off back spoiler. Back door handle paint peeling off”

I R., CA (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rear spoiler has clear-coat breakdown from sun exposure”

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Paint fading from the Spoiler trim at the back of the Hatch”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Rust

“lower rocker panel: 2 inch square area rusting”

Thomas H., IL (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

“Struts had to be replaced”

J B., NJ (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Had to replace leaking driver side front strut”

George G., IA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The left front strut is leaking. Noticeable effect on ride and makes a noise. Estimate to replace both struts is $750”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rear shocks wore out”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Had to replace both front and rear recently, per Toyota service. Cost = >$1400”

James C., IL (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Wheel bearings

“I think it was damaged by potholes in CA highways”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Front Wheel bearings on ongoing issue, replaced 1st time under warranty, replaced again at about 56000 miles and sound like they need doing again”

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Had increasing road noise. Had tires and alignment checked at Tire Ban. Told they were fine but I might want to get bearings checked on front right side. Took it to Toyota dealer. They drove it and said the bearings were bad on the DRIVER's side, fro”

Anonymous, IN (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“When I started for Florida the front wheel bearings started to get noisy”

Richard F., ON (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Alignment

“I took the car back to the dealership because I thought they did a lousy job on the alignment during my regular 6 month service. They said I needed a new steering assembly for more than $1000. I kick myself for not getting a second opinion”

Mary K., CA (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“Low on freon”

Anonymous, MO (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Coolant fan failure and Battery back up failed, had to replace”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The ac system had a leak last year, which we had fixed - went bad again and they say they have to replace the condenser and compressor and that it will cost $3,800! (Plus our brakes had to be replaced 2x already and it has less than 70,000 miles)”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Unit failed when under load, Toyota replaced under warranty”

Clement S., NJ (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Loss of cooling”

Perry W., TX (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Automatic climate control

“ACC control does not maintain set temperatures when in heat mode. OTC codes indicates a solar sensor problem. Not covered by warrenty (past 3 years limit), too expensive to repair (entails removal of dash). Set heat to high and it will work most of t”

Anonymous, NM (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“the cooler system needed a replacement cost $800”

James T., NY (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Condenser

“Leak due to hairline crack”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“There are two O2 sensors, an upper and a lower. We had a problem with the lower sensor failing AND a problem with the dealer mechanic failing to repair until we went to an independent mechanic and brought back a written report. at that point, the service manager replaced the lower sensor at no additional cost”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“sensor air/fuel replaced coolant flow control valve replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Oxygen sensor had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MO (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The engine light was coming on periodically and gas mileage was decreasing. Sensors had to be replaced and the cost to diagnose and repair the system was high, in my opinion (approx. $800)”

Joseph L., FL (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Temp sensor for coolant storage tank. DTC P1116 and P1121. Dealer wants to replace hot coolant storage tank”

Stephen P., WI (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Fuel gauge/sender

“The fuel gage started giving inaccurate and odd readings. We ended up replacing the fuel tank assembly, and that seemed to correct the problem. The shop indicated that the fuel level sensors and related components were all working as specified”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The fuel gauge stuck at two bars when gas ran out causing on road breakdown for failure to start. 10.2 gal required to fill. Dealer's service manager said fuel sender likely failed because he has "seen a rash of those lately" and the 2009 model is r”

Anonymous, IN (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“On highway, driving home. Maintenance light came on, tire pressure light- engine light -big exclamation light - and finally hybrid failure light came on. Lost power. Had to be towed to Toyota dealer and it took 3 working days before they fixed it. I”

Anonymous, IN (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

“The main hybrid battery failed and had to be replaced. Thus is as big a failure as you can have on this car”

Alex M., PA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“the electronic gear shift failed, but was covered by warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Battery failure”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Right rear tail light keeps going out”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“A component of the hybrid drive system failed. It took dealer 3 tries to determine and fix the problem”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Driveshaft or axle

“Prior to purchase the axle was replaced with an aftermarket axle that fit, but was not perfect. The dealer we purchased from diagnosed this and replaced with a Toyota manufactured axle. This solved the vibration problems”

Michael K., CO (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Transfer case

“Transmission is jerky...and annoying”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“The rear spoiler had to be replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The handle of the latch on the hatchback door melted in the summer heat and is now very slimy. Yech. It will be expensive to replace”

Louise O., FL (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rubber covering tailgate hatch release deterioriated”

David S., CA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The latch stopped working because the rubber covering the latch melted. This has been a known problem with Toyotas for at least 10 years but Toyota refuses to fix it under warranty and charges $136 to fix it with the same faulty part”

Von T., TX (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“tailgate hatch handle broke”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The button you push to open the rear hatch is melting...literally! I would love to send pictures. $500 to replace”

Stephen S., TX (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Windows

“Passenger window would not go up using passenger control but would go up using driver's side control”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Valve guide seals had to be replaced due to excessive oil use. Had to have top end job completed”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“the oil filter was apparently loose and the engine ran completely out of oil. A large red triangle appeared on the dash screen, but there was NOTHING indicating what the problem was. The user's manual said "read the message on the screen," but there”

Jane F., VA (2009 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Head gasket

“Lwak around seal”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Timing belt or chain

“replaced when water pump was replaced to save doing it separately later”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Leak in the seal”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“Need to add 1 quart every 2500 miles”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“needed qt of oil every 2500 miles problem with seal”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Difficult to fill up gas tank

“gas tank would stop filling or wouldbe hard to properly fill tank”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Especially during cold weather it's very difficult and time consuming to fill the tank. The gas nozzle will continuously shut off. I end up putting 3-5 cents of gas in manually in between each pump shut-off. Dealer says it's due to the rubberized”

David O., NM (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

“Problem since owned. 90% of time when I select Drive it goes into Reverse. Told it is driver error but happens to other drivers. As with most gear shifts, it is made to be less easy to put into reverse by accident. Maybe why they have back-up beep??”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Slipping transmission

“revs high, but slow driving. cvt issue, fixed under extended warranty”

Leib L., OH (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“prius made loud noise and found out the exhaust pipe which includes the catalytic converter rusted and had to be relaced at a cost of 2000 dollars”

Rick-Roberta H., PA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
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