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The regular Toyota Prius is the most efficient car you can buy that doesn't have to be plugged into an electrical outlet. It gets an impressive 44 mpg overall in our testing--with plenty of room for five, a big flexible hatchback, a comfortable ride, and very secure handling. If there's a knock on the Prius, it isn't engaging to drive, feels underpowered and is loud when you ask for max power.
Alerts
There are 3 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 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

The regular Toyota Prius is the most efficient car you can buy that doesn't have to be plugged into an electrical outlet. It gets an impressive 44 mpg overall in our testing--with plenty of room for five, a big flexible hatchback, a comfortable ride, and very secure handling. If there's a knock on the Prius, it isn't engaging to drive, feels underpowered and is loud when you ask for max power.

Getting the Prius Plug-in version includes a bigger battery that can be charged from any wall outlet, allowing the car to drive more on electricity and less on gas. A full charge gives an electric range of about 12 miles. While the battery was charged, we measured 67 mpg overall in combined city and highway driving.

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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 hybrid (134 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 electric (134 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Toyota Prius owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

CD player

“CD Player stopped working. The entire radio/GPS system/backup screen had to be replaced. The cost was $2450. Fortunately, it was covered by the extended warranty I purchased (with a $100 deductible)”

Anonymous, NE (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“socal is so sunny that at times the display is hard to see however there is an inexpensive after market product you can attach that solves the problem”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The display screen is essentially unreliable when sunlight hits it. It's fine in the shadows”

Peter F., FL (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Weak screen that does not automatically adjust brightness and it is unintuitive how to switch between "day" and "night" mode”

Anonymous, OR (2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in Plug-in Hybrid)
Display screen freezes up

“Options are not selectable. For example, we cannot pull up the navigation system”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The Entune system will occasionally restart, or while on USB just freeze. Turning it off/on doesn't fix it. I have to turn the whole car off then on to get it working again”

William M., NJ (2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in 1.8-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid )

“Apparently a common problem; initially appears just when the car is cold, then happens with increased frequency over time until it fails completely”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in Plug-in Hybrid)

“In connection with the display screen going blank, the display screen (GPS while running Pandora on long road trip) will freeze BEFORE going totally blank. I can't say it happens all the time, but the first unit that was replaced would freeze or part”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)

“After a map update the screen freezes. The two are mutually exclusive since they are different software. Dealer said it was normal - NOT”

M E., PA (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“Display screen sometimes freezes during navigation”

Fred S., CA (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“GPS Screen freezes and won't show where one is going; screen also pixelates and shows nothing readable on occasion”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)
Display screen goes blank

“Had problem with in dash system/display re-booting during navigation / phone calls. Was fixed earlier this year after 4 years of trying”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The screen goes blank. Options like the Map function and navigation are unusable. Fortunately, the backup camera still functions”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“On a long road trip, if I am running Entune with Pandora while using the GPS, I occasionally have the display screen go black, with both Pandora and the GPS not working. I have discovered that I can reboot the system by stopping the vehicle, shutting”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)

“This happens about once per week”

Anonymous, DC (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“LCD failed and was replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Toyota Prius Two Hybrid)

“Display screen went randomly blank when listening to tunes or when navigating. Toyota dealer unwilling to fix”

Fred S., CA (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“would suddenly go dark”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Unsure)

“The navigation system & blue tooth phone capability sort of like turns off / re-boots while I am driving FREQUENTLY. I am a real estate agent so, for example it tells me to take a left, then it turns off & I have pull over while it re-boots to find”

Debbie S., WA (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“Music player randomly freezes when playing from USB port, Bluetooth, or directly connected iPhone. The only way to unfreeze the player is to shut down the entire car and then restart,”

David W., NC (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The USB interface would often freeze, and eventually stopped working altogether”

William M., NJ (2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in 1.8-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid )

“Connection failure”

Jeannette W., NY (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Listening to podcasts from my iphone through Entunes worked fine for many months and then at some point the podcasts on Entunes were mis-named, in wrong folders, difficult to find, and would freeze up”

Anonymous, DC (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“The Meta Data no longer shows up on the screen”

Joe B., CA (2013 Toyota Prius Five Hybrid)

“I still listen to discs and you are unable to store more than one. I want at least 4 slots. Love to trade this radio for one designed for folks over 17”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)

“The Prius Bluetooth--when I used to connect--would always go to my Blackberry Z10 music folder; even after I deleted all of my music. The result was that my cell phone locked completely and I would have to reboot it. Now I can't drive hands free”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“Doesn't always pair with iPhone. Will sometimes work, then minutes later does not. Stereo also shuts down and restarts on a regular basis”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“screen locks then it re boots”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“The navigation system does not announce all turns, rendering the prompts unreliable and forcing eyes off the road and onto the screen, especially when travelling unfamiliar roads”

David W., NC (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“It is terrible. too hard to see the difference between shortest, fastest or preferred on the display. Missing too many addresses”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“GPS sent us down wrong roads. Nothing was said about updating the maps by the dealer. We intend to have the updates installed on our next service”

Anonymous, KY (2013 Toyota Prius Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Very poor, Arrival estimates are useless, Ended up in gravel pits, chained of roads, gone more than 15 miles out of my way more themes that I can count. Now use a separate gps on important trips”

Charles B., NH (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)

“Freezes. Had it changed. The GPS in this car is MUCH WORSE than the 2010”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)

“Purchased in June '13. Toyota & Dealer knew it had outdated maps from Oct '11, but did not inform me. I received a map update after dozens of phone calls and visits to both the sales and service desks. Now the screen freezes and goes blank”

M E., PA (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“Urban areas show up as deep purple which makes it idifficult to see street names. And at night the whole screen turns a very deep purple. I have had toyota techs no dealer techs look at this and they say thst they have never seen this before. I got”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“GPS worked about 95% of time. The unit screen would freeze up and display random pixels. Took pic of it multiple times, but dealer would tell us they checked and everything was fine. Eventually after complaint was logged with Toyota it was fixed”

Kevin H., FL (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)

“The in dash navigation system was out of date by 2 years and Toyota refused to replace it. The screen is not visible for navigation or back up when the sun is out due to sun reflection on the screen. It is tilted forward rather than horizontal”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“GPS provides incorrect directions”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)

“Control module had to be replaced. System didn't even know where I was, much less being able to direct me anywhere. It was completely non-functional”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)

“system re boots”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)

“occasionally it seems confused on what should be paired and will play a song from my phone while I am trying to call someone”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“minor adjustment but not by local Toyota dealership”

Michael T., CA (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“On several occasions for 2-4 weeks each time, the Bluetooth would not pair or would lose pairing within a minute. I had to either take the car to the dealer for a software update or wait for weeks until it just started working”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“In the past 3 or so months the Bluetooth pairing has become unreliable. It used to be automatic when I started the car and Bluetooth was active on my phone. Now it either connects only for phone, only for media, or not at all. Sometimes will connect if I power down and restart the phone, but sometimes that does not work”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Works fine with just one phone in the pairing list, but when there are multiple phones in the pairing list, it consistently fails to pair properly when switching from one phone to the other”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in Plug-in Hybrid)

“bluetooth not recognizing different phones”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“Took a good bit of time to unfreeze an incoming call - to get it off the screen”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)

“On weak FM signals, the reception goes from clear to full static at random. They have attempted a repair but failed. I believe it's poorly designed. I work in radio broadcasting and weak signal reception is important to me”

Anonymous, IN (2013 Toyota Prius Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Voice control commands

“It's too slow and rarely understands me. Grew up in NY state and speak perfect English”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The voice command does not recognize simple commands 25% of the time”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“It does not get any voice commands. Worse than 2010”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)

“The head unit was changed because the voice control command was inoperative”

Richard M., IA (2013 Toyota Prius Two Hybrid)

“Voice system does not accurately interpret what I say. Comes back with nonsense. Even after repeating commands slowly and deliberately, it misunderstands my commands”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)
Speakers

“Speakers cut in/out, left to right. Never a full sound”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

“The vehicle has excessive road noise, especially on windy days”

Verlin W., OK (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Significant water leakage. Rear floor areas are very wet when it rains. Leak source is unknown”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“The weather seal around the glass wind block on the front of the roof has deteriorated. It has expanded and come loose from the glass. The dealer has not yet stepped up to replacing this defective material (note: the warranty has expired.)”

Douglas B., WA (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Squeaks or rattles

“The car has had multiple interior rattles since I bought it. Dealer has been unable to fix”

Mark A., CA (2013 Toyota Prius Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Dash Squeaks and Rattles by the glove box”

Scott H., TX (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Occasional squeaks coming from dashboard”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“dashboard rattle”

Anonymous, DC (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Unlike my 2007 Prius, this Prius has sounded noisy from day one. Things just come and go, here one day and gone the next but almost always replaced by something else”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I can't find the rattle but it is somewhere in the dash and does it off and on”

Anonymous, OK (2013 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Dash rattles and squeaks, especially in cold weather”

Joel P., TN (2013 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“After the 1st year a rattle in the center consul that Toyota could never fix. It is getting worse and the car is now out of warranty”

Christopher C., GA (2013 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid )

“rattle at glove box. Note: it was the glove box that was rattling. They use foam tape to stop it”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)

“Many squeaks and rattles that come and go. Often they reoccur. Nothing I consider serious but they are irritating”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)

“There is a rattle in the right hand door/dash area which seems to be temperature related. When new there was louder rattles that were fixed by the dealer, However they didn't fix the less noisy one. Twice more the car was taken to the dealer, but t”

E S., KS (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)

“General squeaks and annoying road noise whose location is hard to identify”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Toyota Prius Two Hybrid)

“Turned out to be a complete latching mechanism failure on both of the flip down passenger seats”

Anonymous, OR (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)

“Toyota has so far been unable to correct this problem. Sounds like engine vibration as it occurs only at low speed when requiring power. Uphill at low speed, etc”

Christopher C., GA (2013 Toyota Prius Two Hybrid)

“sun roof rattle”

Anonymous, IN (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“entire center console, and dash where it meets windshield squeaks when the ambient temp gets below about 20F. Dealer was unable to fix with 2-3 visits”

David L., MI (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“Some sqeaks and rattles”

Anonymous, SC (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)

“Rattle from glove compartment. Dealer unable to locate noise and fix”

Jeff S., OH (2013 Toyota Prius Five Hybrid)

“Inside the dash”

John O., FL (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“Rattle noise coming from the dash. Comes and goes”

Tim P., GA (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“One rattle in rear, one in dash”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“THis Prius is much "Cheeper" and "tinny" that our last 2 Prius cars 2007 & 2008. more wind noise too. maybe less insulation. Maybe just corners cut to lower cost of production”

Terry F., ON (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)

“At times, on rough roads, some squeaking and rattling in the center console”

Edward J., CA (2013 Toyota Prius Two Hybrid)

“right and left side dash board rattles near speakers. more so, in cold weather”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)

“Rattle coming from the front dash”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)

“Slight rattle from cowl of car Dealer repaired in first visit”

Anonymous, MO (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)

“The car is a rattle trap”

Anonymous, IN (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)
Wind noise

“Cross winds blow straight through both front door window frames”

Mark A., CA (2013 Toyota Prius Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Just very high road/wind noise. Enough to make me not want to buy another Prius”

Douglas B., WA (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The car is not air tight, There is considerable road ,noise,so much that I have to turn the radio up several volumes to hear the radio, also wind noise through the window. Changing tires has not helped”

Verlin W., OK (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I find the ride is quite noisy”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I had 2010 Prius before and it had the same problem. Is very annoying on the highway. I called and wrote the factory”

S S., FL (2013 Toyota Prius Two Hybrid)

“wind noise and the noises as the vehicle gets older”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“Wind noise very annoying at highway speeds”

Anonymous, IN (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

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

“Had to replace battery-car completely shut down. Battery cost was close to $200.00”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Unsure)
Gauges

“Display panel went dark. No speed, fuel level or other important information showed. It had to be replaced. Warranty covered the repair”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“dashboard circuit (repaired)”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)

“Both this Prius and my previous Prius (2009) seem to have more headlights burn out than any other car I've owned”

Anonymous, MO (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Drivers headlight went out”

Anonymous, WV (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Many lights on the vehicle burned out prematurely”

Diane C., WI (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)

“The first Head lamp went out under warranty the second light went out 3-mos. later just outside the warranty period and dealer wouldn't cover”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“several small marker light bulbs required replacement”

Jim J., MN (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Keyless entry

“Power locking actuator failure”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“doesn't always work”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)
Tire pressure monitor

“too easily tripped”

Craig Z., WA (2013 Toyota Prius Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Lightiing spontaniously!”

Richard O., NC (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Warning lights

“rodents ate the electrical system, making the heads-up display and the ABS not work.It cost 11,000 to fix”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in 1.8-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid )

“Low tire pressure warning light has illuminated spontaneously, on several occasions - right rear tire.(Minor distraction, but incorrect operation, never the less.) Suspect low leak”

Richard O., NC (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The problem was the Intelligent Power Module inside the Hybrid Converter. Toyota performed a software update under warranty”

Edward S., CA (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)
Wiper motor or washer

“Motor failed”

James D., CA (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“Car exterior scratches so easily it needs constant re=painting of areas”

Lillian W., FL (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)

“A dealer rep told me that to achieve better gas mileage, Prius's are designed low to the ground to reduce drag--this is creating HUGE business for repairs to front fenders and under-moldings that crack and break off or leave the fender dangling”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“The front is so low that it hits most parking stops. The front piece came off. Not sure if it was a loose bolt or from it being so low and hitting cement. It has been removed as to repair it was exorbitant”

Annette F., CA (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)

“Arm rest on driver's side front door broke when I leaned on it. Plastic supports broke so now it's loose”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)

“Driver side door armrest displaced causing it to collapse inward”

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“Interior driver's door panel is in two sections. the upper section collapsed into the door interior when weight was put on the arm-rest portion to readjust position in the seat. There is no internal support under the junction of two pieces of plastic”

Eliot B., VA (2013 Toyota Prius Five Hybrid)

“Normal scrapes in parking lots, et”

P E., CA (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The black paint is starting to get chalky gray color. Some parts of the car that are dented are starting to peel”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Paint cracking away at door edges”

K W., AZ (2013 Toyota Prius Two Hybrid)

“Paint peeling on panel below driver's door. Dealer has offered to fix it; but 'painter' not available when we are. Dealer says it is from removing protective tape from the panel”

Anonymous, MS (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)

“I took out a boxer furniture piece and sliding it out the back door scraped off the paint!”

Lincoln B., IN (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)

“cracked when purchased. peeling. cracking”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)

“After going through an automated car wash, which I have used for years prior to this car, the paint has been chipping in random spots from all different parts of the car (e.g., front hood, near the rear-driver's-side door, and on the spoiler)”

Andrew H., CA (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

“Caliper was frozen and not operating”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Parking brake

“Parking brake would occasionally not release and drag heating the wheel and after being parked it would release and be fine”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Premature brake wear

“Front driver side has significantly higher brake wear and pitted rotor, causing early replacement. This is unusual for Prius as other 3 brakes has at least 50% left”

Cheok F., VA (2013 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“toyota strongly advised replacing brakes, rather than repairing what existed. Cost of materials and labour fee seemed incredibly expensive”

Sloane D., AB (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“This was associated with the prior issue”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)
Rotors

“Front driver side rotor was pitted. Needed to be replaced. Other 3 rotors do not see the same problem”

Cheok F., VA (2013 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Squeaking

“Problem with a rear brake part that was recently covered under warranty”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“Entune is incompatible with iPhone running iOS 8. Bluetooth connection doesn't work at all. Cabled connection interferes with audio”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)

“Disconnects regularly, Often says it cannot connect. No longer try to use it”

Charles B., NH (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)

“Entune was inoperative to voice commands”

Richard M., IA (2013 Toyota Prius Two Hybrid)

“Entune is great if you own a smart phone. I don't have a smart phone. You pay extra for entune, then you pay a monthly fee for the smart phone. Got stung twice or 4 times because I have two prius models”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“Probably the worst in-dash entertainment system I've ever encountered. Buggy, hard to use, stupidly designed. had I known it was so crappy, I would have definitely gone for the Advance system, which is made by Fujitsu Ten”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in Plug-in Hybrid)

“System far too complex and essentially useless save for the radio, and gps. Display use is dangerous , demands too much view time to use”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)

“Not really a bad problem, just had some difficulty with the pairing and it automatically goes to my music once I plug in or use bluetooth”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“$1000 oil leak repair”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“It's starting to leak on our driveway”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Oil leak from timing chain cover”

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)
Engine knock or ping

“During very cold MN weather car would not start or made severe knocking sound for 3-5 min. Car spent 1 mo at the dealership for repairs”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Toyota Prius Two 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

“Rubber molding / seal around the sunroof buckled up during the winter and started leaking this spring. Covered by warranty. Wondering how often this is going to happen?”

Anonymous, AK (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)
Glass defects

“Factory glass on windscreen has severe optical distortion in it causing multiple reflections at night. Dealer had to replace the glass or I was going to return the car”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in Plug-in Hybrid)

“I have a rattle emanating from the rear of the car, perhaps the trunk area. it started after 18 months of ownership. i cannot find the location, and will be pointing it out to the dealer at a the next service to see if they can find/fix the issue und”

Eliot B., VA (2013 Toyota Prius Five Hybrid)

“During the first 3 months of ownership, I noticed the rear bumper was sagging, and the dealership said it was possibly rear-ended. This was improbable, but is expensive to fix, regardless of how it happened”

Andrew H., CA (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

“Clogged, rebuilt, making loud roaring noise again. May have to be replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
A/C compressor

“Had the car in the shop multiple times due to ac not working. They were unable to find a leak. After my car was out of warranty, they found the leak and had to replace the compressor (they said a rock must have hit it)”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)

“A/C suddenly spotted working. Compressor was replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)
Refrigerant leaks

“Not getting cold enough with outside temps only in 70's”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Prius Four 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 car should be recalled. The battery will not stay charged, so the car dies while in motion. It has to be driven daily and at least 300 miles a week. The regular battery should be charged first by driving it, not the hybrid battery”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“doesn't always start”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)

“doesn't always work”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Four 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

“requested an alignment due to mileage not due to symptoms. After alignment, steering wheel was no longer centered when traveling in straight line and car pulled to right. After 2 subsequent visits for correction, car continued to pull and severe tire wear resulted”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Tire wear is uneven

“tire wear was a byproduct of poor alignment”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Wheel bearings

“Hum at freeway speeds. They replaced the front left wheel bearing, under warranty. It took two service trips, one to diagnose the problem, and one to have the part installed because it wasn't in stock”

Dean F., CA (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Head gasket

“I had to have it replaced, it was covered under an extended warranty, it would have been about $1,100 to repair”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Cylinder head

“At times when the engine was cold it would shake violently. Brought it in for service multiple times and they could find nothing - no codes either. Was very disturbing”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)

“Car would not start in very cold MN weather. Cylinder heads, air intake manifold are replaced”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Toyota Prius Two 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

Stability control (ESC)

“The sensor that attaches within the passengers side front wheel well fell off while I was driving on the freeway”

Jared J., UT (2013 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Inverter died and had to be replaced”

Andrew D., CA (2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in Plug-in 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

Fuel gauge/sender

“Fuel gauge intermittently reads empty, when full. Dealer has checked a couple of times, and so far has not been able to determine cause. Currently functioning normally. Waiting for it to occur again”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Prius Five Hybrid)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

“General recall”

Anonymous, VT (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)

Transmission Minor

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

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