2011 Toyota Prius

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Prius MSRP: $ 22120.00
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Description:
Pros:
  • Fuel economy bragging rights
  • The cabin and cargo area has more space than you can imagine
  • Available luxury features and options
  • Stowable second row seats
  • Strong reputation for reliability
Cons:
  • Boring driving dynamics
  • Center console intrudes upon knee space
  • Too much happening within instrument display cluster
  • More expensive compared to non-hybrid competition that also sip fuel in small quantities
Ruling: The 2011 Toyota Prius isn’t the most comfortable or fastest car on the market, but the Prius makes up for these faults with its outstanding fuel economy ratings of 51 mpg city/48 mpg highway, the highest on the market.

Averaging 51/48 mpg city/highway, the 2011 Toyota Prius is the most fuel efficient hybrid on the market, but with a 1.8-liter hybrid powertrain that produces 134 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque, it is not the most powerful.

There are four trims: the Prius II, III, IV and V. Each model receives the same powertrain.

CarReview's opinion of the 2010 Toyota Prius vs. 2010 Honda Insight

Likes:
  • 50+ miles per gallon
  • Toyota quality plastics and fabric upholstery
  • Car-like driving despite its behemoth size
  • Dedicated EV mode at 25 mph or less
Dislikes:
  • Higher cost of entry for hybrid technology
  • Console bridge encroaches upon cockpit space
  • Annoying warning "beep" when shifted into reverse

Verdict: The 2010 Toyota Prius offers a much quieter and smoother ride than the louder, stiffer, and sportier feel of the Insight. Interior noise, vibration, and harshness is reduced in the 2010 Prius and it has a smoother engine restart. The Insight's auto stop/start of the engine is about as subtle as freight train passing through a sleepy Alabama town at 2 AM.

The new Prius is a higher quality car, is great for commuting, and has a much roomier cabin for those with family. Its larger engine makes merging at speed safer and freeway cruising more relaxed. And, of course, the combined gas mileage rises to 50 miles per gallon from the previous 46 mpg. If you just can't spend more than $22K for a car and really want to buy a hybrid, or if you want a fun car to drive and want to feel the road, the Insight is definitely a fine car to purchase.

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Reviewed by:
Trackeer


Review Date
May 29, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
1 to 3 months

Visitors rate this review
2.40 of 5, 43.00 votes

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Review 1 of 3

Price Paid:  $30200.00 from Grappone NH

Year / Model Reviewed:
2011 Prius HatchBack

Strengths:
Excellent MPG no matter how you drive this car gets 40-50's MPG. The only down side is Long Hills on the Mountains and the car has to work.
The is the Level 4 Version so it comes pretty well equipped, the is well executed may be lots of plastic but it is done in decent taste and fit and finish rivals the LS430 we sold.
Decent Factory Stereo, the Blue Tooth Hook-Up can be difficult but our dealer offered to pair the phones before she left with the car.
The exterior re-do vastly improves this cars appearence at least now it has some resonable resemblance to a car and one who doesn't hug tree's would drive.
The Interior room is amazing from a car that looks like a compact from the outside, rear seat leg room the storage even with the seats up, must say the more we drive it the more we like it.
Considering all else this car will gladly cruise along at 80 on the highway and still return 40 MPH, wow.

Weaknesses:
Handling reachs limits pretty quick, if you want blistering speed better head back out and shop some more.

Summary:
I would have never thought this car would be as pleasent as it is, we own a F350 DRW, 2 HP Mustangs, and other vehicles that struggle to get 18-20 MOG in the City it's nice to have a comfy sedan that gets over 40 in the city and goes over 500 miles on a tank of gas (11.6 Gals) or so, No to Shabby.
Highly recommended for anyone who wants a nice car that is comfortable to drive and even in the base model has many nice features, I personally like the Leather and gets spectacular gas milage, get used to it folks this is the furture just like the days of Horse and Buggy and then the Horseless Buggy came along, folks thought much like most of us did about the new Fangled Auto's and now look not to many Horse Drawn Carriages around anymore.



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Reviewed by:
Matt


Review Date
August 3, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
3 Months to 1 year

Visitors rate this review
3.14 of 5, 28.00 votes

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Review 2 of 3 , from Woodside, CA

Price Paid:  $0.00

Year / Model Reviewed:
2010 Toyota Prius II

Strengths:
The gas mileage is fantastic. I average around 51-55 mpg even though I live at 1300 feet and work near sea-level 38 miles away. The car is solid and gives a smooth ride.

Weaknesses:
I wish it had running lights and fog lights. The standard stereo only has a single-cd player.

Summary:
I love the Prius. I am very happy with my purchase and I have recommended it to my friends and colleagues.



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Reviewed by:
Paul Goodman



Review Date
July 21, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Value Rating
 3 of 5

Used product for
Less than 1 month

Visitors rate this review
3.25 of 5, 36.00 votes

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Review 3 of 3

Price Paid:  $25300.00 from Millenium Toyota

Year / Model Reviewed:
2010 4DSD

Strengths:
So far, mpg is better.

Weaknesses:
Info screen toggling difficult.
Blue tooth instructions (per manual) impossible to understand. Sales staff referred me to the manual. Still struggling to figure it out.

Summary:
Previously owned the 2005 model, and had gotten used to the single screen. The new info screen is awkward, requiring
complex toggling to switch back and forth
among info screens. Probably just my own
learning curve, but they should have made it simpler.

Similar Products Used:
2005 Prius




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