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 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

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, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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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 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 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Works intermittently. Does not always eject the CD and/or detects a CD when there is none. Basically we do not use it."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Toyota Prius Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen difficult to see

"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 )

"In dash audio froze and only worked intermittently. The whole unit had to be replaced"

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

"display screen gets ultra bright and is not usable"

Jerry M., FL (2013 Toyota Prius Five 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 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)

"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 Hybrid)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Menus for pairing a new phone will not display and the phones cannot be connected"

David W., MI (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"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 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Its a crappy interface. It tries to pair by USB and BT, even while I'm listening to radio. The USB interface is really bad - can't jump forward or back using car buttons. Toyota isn't even trying to make this useful"

Mark W., WA (2013 Toyota Prius 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 Hybrid)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Since I use my car for work it was a big inconvenience."

Jayson L., NY (2013 Toyota Prius Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I was given an update for my system that disabled the GPS It took 3+ months to come up0 with a fix!"

John C., CA (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The worst nav system I have ever seen. ironically, My 6 yr. older odyssey has a wonderful nav system.I would have gladly paid more to upgrade the nav system on the Prius, but nothing available. I didn't have the correct streets in Wash. D.C. a city the I know that has been maped; A turn is coming, you can go left or right, but I'm not going to tell you which one. Opps, wrong guess, 10 miles before you can turn around. Happened twice in DC. Hard to put into words the dislike I have for that nav system."

Tom S., CT (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"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)

"The module that controlled the navigation system went bad. every time I tried to use the navigation system, I received a message that it was not available."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Toyota Prius 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 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 Hybrid)

"system re boots"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Prius Hybrid)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Bluetooth pairing is hit and miss. May work 9 out of 10 times, and then the 1 time it does not will not pair automatically. Display will state that “No Bluetooth Paired Devices” or similar statement. Operator has no choice but to shut down vehicle and restart, which may re-initiate the software pairing synchronization, or stop vehicle and engage the software pairing process to recognize the Bluetooth. Only used with IOS, son not aware of challenges with any other device."

David G., FL (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The system would not recognize a new phone and the screen to pair phones won't come up."

David W., MI (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Intermittent"

Deborah H., TX (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl 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)

"Phone stoped pairing. Error messages not helpful. Repeated attempts not successful. Thus Entune is useless."

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota Prius Four 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 Hybrid)
Radio

"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)

"It was related to the issues with the navigation system. The module that was replaced controlled both the navigation system and the radio."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Toyota Prius 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Software update fixes

"Didn’t experience any problems, took vehicle in due to recall notice"

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

"Recall for safety system for all Prius. Prevent loss of driver stearing/control during engine failure."

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota Prius 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Speakers

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

Anonymous, MD (2013 Toyota Prius Three 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)

"Voice recognition is weak."

Anonymous, MA (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 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 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 accumulated in spare tire well. Traced it back to water dripping out of tail light socket after heavy downpour. Noticed 1/2 gasket for rear hatch was not glued down, appeared that gasket had not been completely installed from day one. After fitting it properly and sealing with gasket compound, leak has stopped."

Paul V., SC (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The vehicle has excessive road noise, especially on windy days"

Verlin W., OK (2013 Toyota Prius 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)

"One of the back side window lights leaks water a bit when I wash the car."

Anonymous, KS (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 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The Prius developed a leak around the rear hatch window. The leaks are at the top two corners."

William K., MN (2013 Toyota Prius 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Squeaks or rattles

"rear suspension clunks slightly but has not loudly and has been there for 18 months"

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

"Rattle behind glove box on bumpy roads"

George S., IN (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Plastic components in the interior constantly rub on each other and squeak."

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

"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 )

"There was a rattle in the in the dash area when it was new. Three visits to the dealer did not fix the rattle. It still rattles."

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

"Rattles in dash"

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

"Front suspension creaks"

Barrie B., BC (2013 Toyota Prius 1.8-L 4 Cyl 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 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 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 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 Hybrid)

"Rattle coming from the front dash"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius 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

"Minor wind noise. Also considerable road noise."

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

"The car is getting old and it becomes noisier at highway speeds."

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

"I hear a persistent wind noise while driving. The dealer has not been able to correct the problem."

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

"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 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 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)

"It isn't as quiet as I would like"

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

"Wind noise from windows"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Toyota Prius Two 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)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Believe all or most of exterior lights have had to be replaced at cost to me. Prior 2004 Prius did not have this problem."

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

"several small marker light bulbs required replacement"

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

"Same issue. Lights came on and won't go off. No idea what the problem is. The car runs rough sometimes. I wish I could have kept my Civic."

Lauri O., AZ (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"dashboard circuit (repaired)"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Prius Hybrid)
Headlights

"Seems to go through headlights quite often. Replaced at least every six months."

Jill D., ID (2013 Toyota Prius Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The headlights would fail within a year of replacing the bulbs. Notified dealer when I had the bulb replaced by them. When next I brought the car in for maintenance they noted the new bulbs had failed again. They replaced the wiring harness free of charge. End of problem. I feel both Toyota and the dealership handled the issue professionally."

Otto B., MD (2013 Toyota Prius 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Believe one (or both) headlights have been replaced within past year or two."

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

"Drivers headlight went out"

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

"high beam headlights have gone out and needed to be replaced twice since purchase"

Jill D., ID (2013 Toyota Prius Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Went out"

John M., TX (2013 Toyota Prius 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)
Keyless entry

"seems if key fob battery in low, the car will not start. nothing on the dash will activate."

Charles M., AR (2013 Toyota Prius Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Sometimes I unlock the car from the house and walk out to get something out of the car. The car relocks itself by the time I get out to the driveway."

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

"Power locking actuator failure"

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

"this is the second prius i have owned the first was a 2011 the drivers side locking system eventually failed on both vehicles due to a solinoid failure in the door lock. i had to use the key to open and lock the door..never got it repaired. was quoted by dealer each time around $500. evidently a quality or design problem"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Toyota Prius 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 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Warning lights

"I'm having trouble with all the dashboard instruments. The air conditioning won't stay on, the circulation switch either won't stay on or shoots up way too high on its own. Since buying it, a little picture showing a car swerving in its lane comes on. When I take it in to the Toyota dealership, they say it's because of the weather. I don't like to drive with warning lights on. The vent that goes all the way across the dashboard broke--a small part--and they wanted $1500 to replace it. I refused."

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

"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 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"A light came on after an oil change, and the car began stalling and running roughly. I have taken it in twice now and they cannot figure out what is wrong. I am angry about it."

Lauri O., AZ (2013 Toyota Prius Three 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

"Wiper motor bearing failed completely. Very expensive fix."

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

"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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The door edge protector moldings have fallen off of two doors."

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

"liner for front bumper detached."

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

"wheel well moulding came loose"

Brad R., WY (2013 Toyota Prius 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"body panels detach upon minor bumps"

Michael B., IL (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

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

Lillian W., FL (2013 Toyota Prius 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 Hybrid)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The cowling that forms the bumper and the wheel wells continues to come apart from the upper fender. We have had it fixed several times. But the lower cowling shows a gap of about 1/4 to 1/2 in the joint with the upper cowling. It does not affect the performance of the car. It just looks bad."

Robert Y., WA (2013 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"arm rest in driver door collapsed inward"

E J., NV (2013 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl 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)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"This is the same problem I had with my previous Prius. The finish on the rear spoiler had faded and is beginning to crack. This appears to be a systemic problem with Toyota vehicles."

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

"Clear coat is peeling off."

Gary H., CA (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I have experienced paint cracking and coming off of a rear passenger door and both front doors."

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

"There is a bubbling under the paint of the hatch door (bottom edge area) that a body man told me is a rusting of the underlying aluminum. Apparently there is no simple way to remove this (ie sanding and repainting) without going to extraordinary expense ."

Alfred C., MI (2013 Toyota Prius 1.8-L 4 Cyl 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)

"Vehicle had been in several minor accidents, and painting repairs were not quality work. No problems with areas with original paint."

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

"Chipping"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Prius 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 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 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

"frozen"

Ken B., WI (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"One the rear calipers locked in the engaged state."

John A., NY (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Caliper was frozen and not operating"

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

"1 set of rear calipers siezed. $600+ non-warranty repair since brakes are always wear & tear"

John A., NY (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Normal routine brake wear

"I did not experience any problems while driving, but was advised by my service station that I needed to have them attended to."

Ann T., PA (2013 Toyota Prius 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"rust and wear"

P S., FL (2013 Toyota Prius 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 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Premature brake wear

"Front pads almost worn out"

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

"pitted rotors lead to premature and uneven brake wear. I do not drive my car that often and the dealer mechanic said that even sitting the rotors can accumulate rust causing the premature and uneven wear of the brake pads"

Shirl D., MD (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"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 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Despite not using the vehicle that often, the brakes failed on the Prius. We had to have them replaced."

Rae V., RI (2013 Toyota Prius Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"At 21000 miles my breaks disintegrated. I followed the advise given by both the users guide and sales reps, use the regenerative breaks as frequentky as possable avoid hard breaking in the past , with GM cars , I got over 40000 miles on my breaks. The repair tech told me since I do not use my breaks much, they coroded faster than most, and needed total replacement. Friends with Prius cars who used breaks in a standard manner, are getting 70-80000 miles. Toyota distric rep never responded to my concerns, the dealership said it was my use that caused the issue!"

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

"This was associated with the prior issue"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)
Pulsation or vibration

"Due to end of life, the brakes seized causing them to fail."

David M., ON (2013 Toyota Prius Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Regular brake failure

"Rear brakes seized. There were already at the end of their life and unfortunately a seizure caused them to fail, making the car unusable."

David M., ON (2013 Toyota Prius Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Rotors

"discussed in previous comment"

Shirl D., MD (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The car started squeaking loudly. I was afraid to drive it to work. The dealer said my break was metal on metal and the driver side rear rotor was damaged and needed to replaced. They decided to replace both rear rotors. I had my breaks checked and the front ones replace 6 months earlier."

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

"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

"The car slams on breaking at highway speeds if a car to the right , on a well defined curve in the road , is side by side or slightly in front, as well as if turning off the road. I have learned to apply gas when I anticipate such a situation."

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

"the time the warning is given, the car is already in danger. I can not use it, and ease my awareness! The centering,” torque” intent is not effective."

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

"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 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)

"Engine starter battery went bad. I was able to jump start using a jump box. Battery was replaced at dealership."

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

"Battery dead. Less than a year old. No discernible cause. Battery replaced at no cost. I HAVE ONLY ONE CAR, THE 2013 PRIUS."

Rosa W., DC (2013 Toyota Prius 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"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)
Electronic ignition

"Stopped in middle of busy thoroughfare one day, made a clicking noise and eventually started again. Numerous other days it failed to start readily when attempted. After waiting from a few seconds to a minute or so, it would start."

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

"doesn't always start"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)

"doesn't always work"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)
Hybrid/electric system and battery (excluding replacement)

"This involves the small battery located at the right rear of the vehicle that is necessary to start the car, Several times, that battery would be dead in the morning, The battery itself was fine, but there must have been an electric leak somewhere. In t he past month this has not happened; again. Cause of the problem never determined."

Robert M., WA (2013 Toyota Prius Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

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)
Oil leaks

"using oil more than average"

Ken B., WI (2013 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It is not an oil leak - it is the same issue of burning oil that I reported under cylinder head"

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

"The dealer found a leak in the seal around my timing belt. That was around $250 to repair."

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

"$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)

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

Doors or sliding doors

"Vehicle was side swiped while parked. Door, window, quarter panel was damaged"

J S., AZ (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl 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)
Locks and latches

"Driver door will sometimes not open from the inside"

E J., NV (2013 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Sunroof

"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)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"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)

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

"Bearings failed in both front wheels at 60,000 miles. Only covered because I purchased extended coverage at time of purchase. Anchorage dealer did not carry part in inventory took 7 days to get car back"

Norman H., AK (2013 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Electrical failure

"12v battery has repeatedly lost charge and been replaced. I have never left the lights on or done anything to cause this. Toyota has replaced the battery, but the problem still occurred. They have no explanation for the problem and claim that it is working properly."

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

"I experienced a failure of an electronic component of the hybrid inverter called the Intelligent Power Module (IPM) that caused the car to suddenly become undriveable. The dealer fixed the problem as an extended warranty item at no cost to me. This is a known problem that Toyota has issued recalls for...but my car was not included in the recall. This is very dangerous and Toyota should be called to task for taking the position that they won't fix the problem unless someone experiences a failure. It is apparently very costly to repair...approx. $3-4K."

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

"Inverter died and had to be replaced"

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

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

"Have an extended warranty for 100000. it took 2 weeks to get it fix and the warranty company, First Extended Service Corp, sent a used compressor that Toyota installed. The used compressor made the same loud noise when it was HOT. They finally approved a new OEM compressor and it works fine."

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

"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 Hybrid)

"A/C suddenly spotted working. Compressor was replaced"

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

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

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Shortly after 100000 miles, the car started burning a lot of oil. According to Toyota, it is normal. I have read blogs with Prius with similar problems. I have had Honda cars before which reached close to 150000 and non of them started burning oil after 100000"

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

"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 Hybrid)

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

Anonymous, MN (2013 Toyota Prius Two Hybrid)
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)

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 Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

"Over temperature light was illuminating on occasion, especially when heavily accelerating (e.g., merging onto the interstate). Took the dealer 3 days to diagnose the problem."

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

"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.

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"When I put in R it made grinding noises. Took it to the dealer. They couldn't find anything wrong when placed on diagnostics. Now, it shows up in diagnostics after spending $700."

James L., WI (2013 Toyota Prius Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Fuel System

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

What Owners Say

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)

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Recalls
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HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM: INVERTER
Jun 24 2020
An unexpected hybrid power system shut down may increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2013-2015 Prius and 2014-2017 Prius V vehicles not included in recall 18V-684. Excessive voltage in the Intelligent Power Module (IPM) within the inverter may cause the hybrid system to shut down, causing the vehicle to stall while being driven.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will perform a software update for the hybrid system. If the vehicle has experienced an inverter failure with certain hybrid system faults related to this condition, the inverter assembly will be repaired or replaced, prior to software update. All repairs will be performed free of charge. This recall began July 24, 2020. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota's number for this recall is 20TB10 / 20TA10.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V369000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 266638
HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM
Oct 04 2018
If the hybrid system shuts down unexpectedly, it can increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2010-2014 Toyota Prius and 2012-2014 Toyota Prius V vehicles. Excessive voltage in the Intelligent Power Module (IPM) within the inverter may cause the hybrid system to shut down, causing the vehicle to stall while being driven.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will update the software for the motor/generator control electronic control unit (ECU) and the hybrid control ECU as necessary, free of charge. The recall began January 22, 2019. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota's number for this recall is J0V. Note: The software updates in this recall are needed even if the vehicle had the software previously updated under recalls 14V-053 or 15V-449.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V684000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 807329
HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM
Nov 15 2017
The failed fuse may cause the hybrid system to shut down resulting in the loss of power. Loss of power while driving at higher speeds can increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2012-2015 Prius Plug-in Hybrid vehicles. The hybrid battery contains an Electric Vehicle (EV) fuse that may fracture after repeated high-load driving conditions such as climbing long hills.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the EV fuse, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 8, 2018. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's number for this recall is H0R.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V718000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 39915
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE
Feb 12 2014
The vehicle may enter a fail-safe/limp-home mode that limits the drivability of the vehicle. The hybrid system could also shut down completely resulting in a vehicle stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2010 through 2014 Prius vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the Intelligent Power Module (IPM) inside the inverter module (a component of the hybrid system) contains transistors that may become damaged from high operating temperatures. If this occurs, various warning lamps will be illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle will have reduced power allowing it to only drive a short distance.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners and dealers will update the software for both the motor/generator control electronic control unit (ECU) and the hybrid control ECU, free of charge. If an owner experiences a failure of the inverter before the vehicle receives updated software, the dealer will repair or replace the inverter assembly with a new one at no charge. The recall began on March 21, 2014. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V053000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 698457
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