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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There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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

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 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)
Body control module

"This went out and you lose control of all climate controls along with the radio. The radio does have separate controls but they are overridden when this happens and your radio either does not work or comes on on it's own and will not shut off. Research on the problem revealed that Toyota does a poor soldering job on the part which causes it to fail."

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

"It was the multi function display screen. Would have been really expensive to have the dealer replace. I drove 2 hours and had it done at a third of the price."

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

"Cruise control drops out after a time"

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

"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)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Small front light burned out."

Suzanne C., MO (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 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)

"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)
Gauges

"This is a well known problem with some gauges not illuminating when car is cold and first turned on. This problem occurs with age. There are web pages describing how to correct the issue (bad capacitor) but it is fairly involved. Requires disassembling the whole dash board. My car is working now because the weather is warm. I plan to fix this this summer."

Raymond H., OH (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)

"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)

"Gas gauge doesn’t work. After filling up tank, gauge says full until you drive about 25 miles, then says empty and it tells you that fuel is low."

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

"Continued intermittent failure of both front headlights. Will necessitate replacement of bulbs. This is a problem already addressed by Toyota with a modified customer service plan (not a recall) but the terms of the replacement plan expired (mileage/time) before the symptoms started on this car."

Ed K., NM (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Routine headlamp failure is a VERY expensive repair ($300+)."

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

"Headlights are about $200 each! We had replaced a headlight and then it went out after only 1 1/2 years. That seems too short a lifespan. Couldn't drive at night until fixed. Have heard that other Prius owners have had problems with headlights"

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

"We had to replace both headlights, twice since the car was purchased. These are HID lights."

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

"The headlight bulbs are quite expensive, and replacement including labor has been between $200 and $285 for each bulb, with the more expensive price being at the local Toyota dealership."

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

"Condensation required replacement of entire front headlight assembly."

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

"The headlight brunt out, in addition to a faulty ingiter that my mechanic will charge me approx $400 to fix because its a computerized part..."

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

"Headlights cloud over with scratches. Tried polishing headlights a couple of times but had no choice but replace expensive headlights"

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

"The lights go out and will sometimes come back on, but you never know when or if they will continue to work."

Tom P., MD (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Each headlight burned out one at a time about a year apart and had to be replaced."

William H., MI (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 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 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 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)

"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 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 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)

"To replace a burned out headlight in the Prius, a certified Prius mechanic has to literally dismantle the front end of the vehicle to perform access the headlights. This requirement represents poor design and unnecessaey expense."

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

"Had to replace both headlights for$1431.38"

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

"Fog/moisture inside head lights. Replaced both."

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

"There seems to be 3 different lights for the headlights. For a couple years now, I have had trouble getting them fixed. I have taken it to AAA and to different dealers in Atlanta. They have told me they were fine when they were not. It may be difficult to service the headlights? It seems to be difficult to adjust the 3 so they shine properly in the same direction. I can tell this when I drive into my dark garage. It is sorta fixed now, but only after I returned and insisted for a recheck. One reason I bought the Highlander was for highway and mountain travel due to this poor headlight issue"

B C., GA (2009 Toyota Prius 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Bulb died and replacement totaled $200 with labor. This is 2/3 the cost I paid to replace the bulb on the other side several years ago."

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

"Right headlight comes on initially then goes out. Turn the lights off and it will come back on. Sometimes it stays on longer than others."

Duke B., GA (2009 Toyota Prius 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"One low beam light blew out."

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

"There were two or three occasions when a light went out and we needed to fix or replace it. It could have just been chance. It didn't happen in the first several years of having the car."

Kenneth E., CA (2009 Toyota Prius 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Headlights burn out quickly 9 to 12 mo. Extremely difficult to replace. Very tight space plus parts need to be removed to get access"

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

"Headlights are constantly failing on both driver and passenger sides. I end up replacing them as they fail generally once a year each. They are not easy to access and requires a service call to the mechanic."

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

"Seems to be a problem with wiring or fuse. Have replaced headlight 3 times, and it only works for a week at a time."

Rebecca S., WI (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Keyless entry

"The door actuators on both driver side doors went out along with the trunk. They cost over $800 each to fix. Keyless entry does not work now on half of the car. The trunk sometimes does work (25% chance). Even before they went out keyless entry was very slow unlocking the doors and trunk."

Julie H., IL (2009 Toyota Prius 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)

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

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius 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)
Remote engine starter

"The remote starter battery expired and required replacement"

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

"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 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"no longer works"

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

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

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

"I have a continual false low-tire pressure indication on the dash even though the pressure is fine in all tires. It would cost over $350 to replace the sensor, which seems utterly outrageous. Suppose I'll eventually just put a piece of black tape over the light, but it annoys me that something so simple as a sensor is so expensive."

John C., WA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Faulty transmitter in one or more wheels gives false tire pressure indication on dashboard. I use a tire pressure gauge monthly. Other issue: Volume control on radio sometimes does not adjust volume. Volume control on steering wheel works 100% however."

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

"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)

"Tire pressure indicator stays on. system reset did not work and a part needs to be changed which is expensive and we have elected not to do it for now."

Anonymous, GA (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)

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"The tire pressure warning system has failed multiple times. Had 3 sensors replaced before it was determined the problem is upstream and could cost $500-$1000 to fix. I put a piece of black electricians tape over the sensor light instead."

Larry H., CA (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)
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

"It is not working"

Helga S., AZ (2009 Toyota Prius 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Main computer in dashboard failed (affected readout for mileage, speed, fuel consumption and warning indicators)."

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

"We had a complete malfunction of the computer system in the vehicle which included the display screen being inoperable. It took several days of troubleshooting and a rebuilt complete computer replacement to repair the vehicle to the tune of $2000."

Marc F., MN (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Buttons on screen stop functioning and you are unable to change fan speed, turn off display, adjust heating and cooling option, change anything or do anything. Ghastly expensive fix from Toyota to refurbish the existing part, not supply new."

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

"Areas went blank, others froze. Had to replace."

Anonymous, FL (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)

"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)

"Display screen for climate control doesn't work."

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

"it was repalced and under warrenty at the time"

Melanie S., SC (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Went completely dead two weeks ago. Dealer quoted $7000 to fix so we’ve turned it in for a 2018 Subaru Outback and bought Subaru extended service on Subaru electronics."

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

"Screen quit working. Replacement screen was more than $1000. We chose to refurbish."

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

"A year and a few months after I bought this car second hand, the MFD or multi function display conked out. This is truly a pain because many of the controls, especially climate and audio, require the MFD for them to be turned on or off or adjusted in any way. A bit of research informed me that this is common enough that independent companies have sprung up to repair these at a more reasonable price than Toyota dealers. I sent my MFD to one and it was soon returned in working order. The MFD is very easy to take out and replace, so one wonders if Toyota made allowances for just this sort of thing. But if that is the case, they should have a recall or simply replace the faulty MFD's. I wouldn't give up my Prius over this problem, but it is more annoying than one is used to driving a Toyota. I still think fondly of my 1984 Toyota Tercel. Lasted 22,5000 miles and I actually passed it on. For all I know it's still puttering along."

Marc E., PA (2009 Toyota Prius 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Defective computer chip"

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

"Basically, the screen wouldn't light up so none of the on-screen buttons were operational: no A/A, no radio, no nav, etc. Toyota would replace unit for $2000; found tech on Internet who repaired it for $250. I removed /reinstalled the nit myself in 15mins."

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

"Screen failed and was due to Faulty solder joint. Dealer wanted $5265 for new display, I found on internet a place that could fix and for $350 got repair. Remove/replace was easy due to repair instructions. Since then I learned Toyota has likely changed design sop NO ONE but them can replace a display (alleged computer tie to display)"

Ellis C., CO (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Display screen failed and was replaced"

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

"Display screen stopped working entirely. My husband went to a junkyard, purchased a newer screen and installed it."

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

"Went partly blank and also froze"

Anonymous, FL (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)

"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 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)

"See previous question."

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

"Display screen completely failed, and I had to replace it, at the cost of $2000 and had to drive the car without it for a week, losing ability to control A/C, radio, etc. If I had not gotten a rebuilt one, it would have cost $10K. For a car that at the time just passed it's 10-year warranty."

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

"screen phases in and out and then goes blank"

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

"The display screen is not functional."

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

"Main display screen went completely blank, had to be replaced. Costly."

Richard W., NM (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"One morning last month after we returned from a month long trip in another vehicle we started the Prius when the screen dimmed, faded and then went blank. The problem has to be remedied by a deal because my normal mechanic cannot take care of it."

James M., CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"When working, nav system is a pain for two major reasons: first, the optimum route offered doesn't factor in traffic or time, just shortest distance (even if that's around 100 feet!). Secondly, the unit doesn't allow change while driving ... even if there is a passenger in the front. Hence, to look for a gas station requires pulling of the road and stopping. Ditto for: route changes due to traffic or accident, destination change, outgoing telephone calls that are not speed-dialable."

Jack G., CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 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 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)

"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 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The navigation system is poor designed. It is not at all intuitive and very cumbersome to use. After many attempts to use it, I've given up and just take my Garmin GPS with me. The Prius is so well designed otherwise it just baffles why they can't make a functional GPS unit. Better yet, why not put a Garmin in their cars?"

Michael S., OR (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The in-dash navigation system is not functional."

Anonymous, TN (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 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Like the navigation system the bluetooth pairing is poorly designed. I've changed phone twice since I've had the car and both times I had to go to the Toyota dealership to have them complete the pairing process. The first time it happened even the service technician could not get it to work, but called a salesman over because he had done it before."

Michael S., OR (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Phone pairing process is awkward, poorly designed to accommodate more than one phone."

Richard W., NM (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Radio

"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)

"Satellite receiver replaced"

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

"They sometimes just quit. Sometimes they come back on with static, and other times they work fine. I just have not gotten it into my dealer to check it out."

Dale A., FL (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Steering wheel controls

"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)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water pump leaked and was replaced"

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

"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)
Squeaks or rattles

"They are behind the dash and the dealer claims did not hear the rattles and therefore did not fix. The rattle is annoying."

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

"Front wheel bearings had to be replaced."

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

"This is our 3rd Toyota and all of them have had body squeak issues. I think we’ll go for a different brand after this."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 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 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)

"tools in trunk rattle unless covered with bubble wrap"

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

"The car is quite noisy, especially on highways, driving at high speed (~60 mph)"

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

"wind and road noise"

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

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Cooling fan

"During vacation, the check engine light went on. We brought it directly to a Toyota Dealer who diagnosed that the valve in the cooling unit was faulty and it was possible that the battery would overheat and die. It took about 2 hours and cost $700."

Becky M., NY (2009 Toyota Prius Base 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)
Water pump

"The water pump for the engine leaked and failed"

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

"The coolant control valve is failing and occasionally triggers a check engine light. I will replace it on one of the next couple weekends."

Ken D., OR (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The water valve had to be replaced."

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

"replaced 05/17"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Prius 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)

"The car lost all power and many warning lights came on (though not engine temperature). It turns out the water pump was leaking internally (not circulating the coolant, but no significant loss of coolant)."

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

"It wasn't exactly the water pump, but I couldn't find a description of what it was. It is at the very bottom of the engine and helps the car start immediately. I think it keeps coolant at the proper temperature to make the car easier to start. I actually had to get it replaced twice because the replacement part was also faulty. This cost about $700. Again, for a car that just passed the 10-year warranty."

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

"Local Toyota dealership replaced water pump in 2016 and did a poor job, new pump howled like a banshee, but dealership demanded repeat cost to fix - didn't. Two years later, in 2018, both water pumps failed while commuting. Limped in to remote dealership who replaced both pumps."

Brian H., VA (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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The bar across the outside back (between sections of windows is loose and wobbly."

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

"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)

"Paint continues to chalk and fade. This problem presents itself on all the Prius I own or are owned by my family: 3-2002 model year -green,blue and silver. Silver 2007 and this red 2009. Not covered by warranty..."

Ed K., NM (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Paint clear coat peeling."

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

"The spoiler became chalky/faded so much so that the car looked much older than it is and I wound up getting it repainted, in addition to having to replace the hatchback latch because the rubber came off."

Emily N., CA (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Door handles and fin on trunk have faded and look chalky. This started probably 3 or 4 years ago but it is still that way because I can't afford to paint it."

Sharon S., AZ (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Paint is flaking off the door handles. The paint is rough and speckled on the rear lift gate"

Dale A., FL (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear Fin/Hatch is made of a different material than the rest of the body and the color faded and cracked"

Anonymous, AZ (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 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)

"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)

"The clear coat of the paint is bubbling up and flaking off -- looks terrible!"

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)

"There's about a 1x3 in. area of rust at the bottom of the passenger front door that can't be repaired. I may get a new door."

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Prius 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"The brakes felt spongy over a period of a few weeks and then the ABS light came on. Toyota advised me to bring it in immediately."

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

"Three lights came on at once, the ABS, the BRAKE and the (!) I will have to get it diagnosed before knowing what has happened. There were no incidents (accident, hard braking) that would have caused this."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Prius Base 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)

"Had to have the ABS module replaced. $2500"

Stephen P., FL (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Master cylinder

"The dealer said the noise coming from braking was air in the line of the mater cylinder. They were unable to fit it. We also have had a lot of body squeaks etc."

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

"Failure of the very expensive brake actuator"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Normal routine brake wear

"Had a full brake job done. Dealer had warned us about a year ago that we had about 10000 miles left. All was completely normal for a 100,000 plus mileage car."

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 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Premature brake wear

"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)

"brakes were rotted out, so I replaced them. Bigger complaint is that I bought Bridgestone tires at Costco in November 2017 and needed to replace them this summer (back at the dealership). I also had to replace a bearing in the front wheel--bearing may have gone bad due to poor alignment. During the time that I had the tires, I routinely had to top off the air."

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

"When it is cold, the brakes make a grinding noise. I've had it to three mechanics including a Toyota dealership. Everyone of them, even though I told the last two not to, changed the brake pads to no avail. No one seems to have a clue about what is going on."

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Prius Base 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)
Rotors

"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)

"normal wear & tear"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Toyota Prius 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 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)

"replaced the battery"

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

"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)
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)
Hybrid/electric system and battery (excluding replacement)

"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 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

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 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Bushings

"It experienced initial wear in control arm forward bushings."

Anonymous, UT (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Shocks or struts

"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)

"Struts had to be replaced"

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

"Routine replacement based on mileage."

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

"Road noise"

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

"both front wheel bearing have been replaced in last 2 years. On need s replacement again. The dealership did both replacements. I am concerned that they used low quality parts made in China. Wheel bearings should last longer than 2 years."

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

"Front wheel bearing required replacement to fix a once around vibration"

David D., CO (2009 Toyota Prius 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"front bearing became noisy and both were replaced @ $1000"

Kurt N., WI (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 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 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I think it was damaged by potholes in CA highways"

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

"Wheel bearings are rumbling, clearly needing replacement. Since its got 100,000 miles this is not so awful, but will cost ~$1000"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 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

"The unit did not function and was replaced."

J R., WA (2009 Toyota Prius Base 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)

"Low on freon"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 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)

"climate control valve had to be replaced. Local repair shops did not want to tackle it so it had to go to the dealer. Took four days to repair"

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

"Multifunction display stopped working in manual mode. Blogs show this is a well-know problem caused by capacitors burning out on MFD circuit board. Toyota service will only replace for ~$2000. However, private company exists in Indianapolis. You send them the unit, they fix it ($300), and send it back. With removal and installation costs this amounts to about $400 (if you don't do-it-yourself removal/reinstall). This is an excellent alternative solution. Unit now works perfectly again in manual climate control."

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

"Stops working, sometimes for minutes, sometimes for several days."

Anonymous, GA (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)
Evaporator

"Living in Hawaii we use the air conditioning frequently. It stopped producing cool air. We tried replacing the coolant but after a few months the problem was again noticeable. Toyota identified a problem with the evaporator and fixed it. Works fine now."

Anonymous, HI (2009 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Heater system

"Thermostat seems to be malfunctioning. I set it to ask for heat and it barely gets the car warm after 20 minutes."

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

"Loss of cooling"

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

"Remove and replace coolant control valve Remove and replace water pump"

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

"Floor under drivers seat spraying and wet at times."

Jeanne G., IL (2009 Toyota Prius 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

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)

"Wheel bearing failure"

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