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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.
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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.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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Potential Trouble Spots
Engine Major
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Body Integrity
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Power Equipment
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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 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 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 2015 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

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

“Music played through Bluetooth connection randomly stops playing. Car has to be restarted to reestablish connection. Toyota has been made aware of problem but provided no solution”

Anonymous, WI (2015 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Installed 2012 gps database vice 2013. Request 4 fix 2 dealer(s), purch agent (AAA) and Toyota Customer Experience resulted in inappropriate anger to us fm all . 2 dealers: "Toyota very angry with you"”

John M., CO (2015 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“Doesn't respond very well to spoken commands even when the exact language demanded in the manual is used”

J K., MI (2015 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“It didn't work when purchased. Had to wait several months for them to install a replacement. Don't like it much anyway. Hand held version is better”

Cameron O., AB (2015 Toyota Prius Unsure Hybrid)

“Hard to read street names on map and too many steps to input information and POI”

Anonymous, OH (2015 Toyota Prius Persona Series Hybrid)

“Gets confused on parallel roads, directing me on one while I'm on the other. Gives audible turn commands too late. I'm often in the middle of an intersection when it says to turn. Have to turn around and come back. Looking at the display would help, but it's distracting and dangerous. Dealership says they upgraded the system, but it did not solve the problem”

Anonymous, MA (2015 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Car started dropping Bluetooth connections, including while in the middle of a call. Toyota has no remedy for problem. That a safety-related feature (hands-free calling) stopped working and they don't seem to care is immensely frustrating”

Anonymous, WI (2015 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“It says it connects to our phones, but it doesn't accept phone calls or text messages. We need to take it in. Yet, we have not”

Nancy B., IN (2015 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The car refused to remember phone pairing. The dealer said a $1000 part needed to be replaced”

Rick H., MD (2015 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“last several months can't get bluetooth to operate. Sparks can't fix it-says its entune not catching up with Samsung phone updates”

Kathleen R., SC (2015 Toyota Prius Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Cannot get phone calls out. It does not al Ways understand the names I ask for. I find myself yelling at it because it infuriates me”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Backup or other camera/sensors

“Cannot see any picture because of outside lighting. I had the same problem and complaints Bout the previous Camry I leased. They need to place it differently. It can be very dangerous”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen goes blank

“The in-dash radio/CD/bluetooth/backup camera wouldn't work. Toyota replaced it with an upgrade, no charge, even though it was just out of warranty”

H M., GA (2015 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Wind noise

“i think the back window is open so much noise”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Toyota Prius Three Hybrid)

“I experience more road noise (tires on road?) than earlier vehicles. I believe more can be done to insulate the interior from this noise. Competitor vehicles i have ridden in are quieter”

Anonymous, WA (2015 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Squeaks or rattles

“There is a rattle in the dash. Dealer has addressed some of it. There seems to be another. Worse in the cold. Vey dissapointing”

Anonymous, IA (2015 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The Prius is not "tight" and "rattles" over even slight bumps”

David C., FL (2015 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Small rattlr under carriage whenever hit bump or pot hole”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Prius Plug-in 1.8-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid )

“This is my fourth Prius. In each case rattles have begun to occur about 5-6 months into my ownership. More work needs to be done on "fit and finish"”

Anonymous, WA (2015 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“There is a door on the passenger side that has come loose and rattles much of the time. I have pointed it out to the dealer buy other than taping it, which hasn't helped, that all they have done to repair it”

Anonymous, NE (2015 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Dash board rattles”

Anonymous, CT (2015 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“My Prius makes some rattling noises when I drive and I don't think a 2 year old $30,500. car should make any noises”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rattle seems to be coming from ductwork behind dashboard”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“dealer has eliminated some but not all”

John M., CA (2015 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl 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

“While using the front 12v outlet to run a tire inflator (compressor) the outlet stopped working. The rear one still work. I have not gotten this repaired. Also the passenger side rear window will not close from the driver's control. It does open but will not close”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Dose not charge my phone”

Toya F., IL (2015 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Cruise control

“Bad wheel sensor would intermittently cause cruise control not to work, mostly during hot weather. Repaired at dealer under warranty”

Anonymous, MO (2015 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Headlights

“Headlights are exceptionally dim unless high beams are used. The contrast between my wife's Acura and the Prius is remarkable in terms of how well the headlights work. Seems this was one of the cares where they decided to go cheap”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Prius Persona Series 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Interior lights

“The dachboard light go out at times”

Toya F., IL (2015 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Warning lights

“Bad wheel sensor caused intermittent erroneous warning lights and disabled cruise control. Repaired at dealer under warranty”

Anonymous, MO (2015 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

“Rear bumper popped out, dealership put it back on correctly”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“The paint on this vehicle is so thin. We were advised to have a protective coat applied after purchase. I really wish we would have. Paint is thin, scratches easily and has no stamina. Did I already share that the visibility ok this car is awful?”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The pain on the bumper area is especially fragile and prone to flaking/easy damage”

Anonymous, MA (2015 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

“Can not pair entune internet. Phone will pair”

John G., SC (2015 Toyota Prius Persona Series Hybrid)

“cannot connect to my Iphone via bluetooth”

Anonymous, PA (2015 Toyota Prius Four Hybrid)

“I have been unable to connect to it even though I have downloaded it on my phone”

Anonymous, OH (2015 Toyota Prius Persona Series 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 would not start and we had to have it towed to the Toyota Service Dept. They replaced the 12v battery”

Mary V., LA (2015 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The 12 volt starter battery ceased to function and had to be replaced by the dealer. It was covered under the warranty”

Anonymous, MO (2015 Toyota Prius Unsure 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

“Stinky odors”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Blower was louder than usual. The dealer said it should be replaced because it might break in future. I did not have to pay for the repair”

Anonymous, AL (2015 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

“Power windows and door locks don't work”

Mark J., NV (2015 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Traction control

“This car cannot drive over a small bump without the warning light appearing on the dash. It's very disconcerting. Also when I brake on a small bump, the dash lights up and the car feels like it doesn't brake. Also poor visibility. This car is a death trap”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Hardware

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

What Owners Say

Windows

“Window trim was defective that might have led to water leaking in the future”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Minor

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

Engine Major

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

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.

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.

Brakes

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

Engine Cooling

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

Transmission Minor

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

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
PROVIDED BY
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
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