2006 Toyota Prius
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Toyota Prius is Practical

by from Simi Valley, CA on May 15, 2006

The Prius is a very practical car for a family. With 4 doors and seating for 5 you can commute in it and then take the family with you on a trip or vacation. We all know that the EPA does a lousy job ...
The Prius is a very practical car for a family. With 4 doors and seating for 5 you can commute in it and then take the family with you on a trip or vacation. We all know that the EPA does a lousy job of providing correct MPG numbers so the real-world MPG for the Prius is between 45 and 50. However, that is for a midsize car with automatic transmission. Many of the "Top 20 Best bang for the Buck" cars are manual transmission. The Honda Insight is the only car that gets better real-world MPG than the Prius and it is a 2-seater. The Prius engine gets a SULEV and PZEV rating so you are helping the environment too. Antilock brakes are standard. If you want and are willing to pay extra, then Navigation, Bluetooth, stability control, keyless entry and side-curtain airbags are available. The navigation system which has voice prompts and the radio/CD player are smart enough to mute automatically if you receive a cellular call and the bluetooth is enabled. After the call is completed, the radio/CD starts playing again and navigation will talk as needed. If you are going to have one car, you can get great fuel economy, room for 5, automatic transmission and help reduce pollution all at the same time.
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Great fuel economy miser, great city car

by from Long Island, NY on March 14, 2008

I drive this car for mileage and consistently get 50MPG in a mix of city/highway. It is a solid, well made car and I love the electronics/multi functional display. It is roomy and a family of four cou...
I drive this car for mileage and consistently get 50MPG in a mix of city/highway. It is a solid, well made car and I love the electronics/multi functional display. It is roomy and a family of four could easily fit. The trunk space is average. If you have any expectation of having a fun to drive car from a sporty standpoint, forget it! The car does not have much power and if you try and take an S curve quickly the body roll is awful. After driving this car for years my wife's minivan feels fast. It also does not handle weight very well like traveling with four people and luggage. In short, for suburban/urban commutes, the car is perfect. It is the best car I have ever owned to be in traffic with since it is quiet and gets great mileage, even in bumper to bumper traffic. If you live in rural areas where you are consistently accelerating and cruising to 70MPH plus the car just does not work.
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Awesome car, but not for drag racers

by from Riverdale, MD on January 29, 2010

This is a great car - comfortable, convenient, and easy to drive. It gets terrific gas mileage, though I'm only getting about 43 mpg average (I drive only in the city). It is very responsive, but som...
This is a great car - comfortable, convenient, and easy to drive. It gets terrific gas mileage, though I'm only getting about 43 mpg average (I drive only in the city). It is very responsive, but sometimes when I need to accelerate quickly, I feel like I'm pegging the engine to Maximum. This isn't a car for someone who wants to drag race! The interior layout is perfect - every detail has been thought of. Lots of places to store stuff, two "cigarette lighter" outlets, and comfortable seats for people under 5'10". I love the hatchback design. I totally love this car. For me, it is perfect.
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Best Car I've Ever Owned

by from on January 27, 2010

Surprisingly good performance with more than adequate acceleration, much better than the Honda. Fun to drive. Unbeatable utility.... drop the rear seat down and you can carry anything. Excellent room ...
Surprisingly good performance with more than adequate acceleration, much better than the Honda. Fun to drive. Unbeatable utility.... drop the rear seat down and you can carry anything. Excellent room in back seat. Reliability has been flawless, and dealer service excellent. MPG in the winter suffers, but still low 40's, which can't be beat.
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Excellent car

by from Little Rock, AR on December 5, 2011

There is nothing to say - There is no competition for this car - In today's market there is no other car that you can buy for this price that gives 50+MPG, hauls 5 average sized adult passengers comfo...
There is nothing to say - There is no competition for this car - In today's market there is no other car that you can buy for this price that gives 50+MPG, hauls 5 average sized adult passengers comfortably+2 large suitcases+2 carry ons (or you can fold down rear seats and make room for 6 large suitcases) and can go from 0-60MPH in less than 10 seconds. Don't let the outside dimensions fool you-Its intelligent inside design surprises everyone who sits in my car. Only reason I did not give 5 stars for reliability is because I have owned it for just 2 months and it is too soon to talk about reliability. So far I have had no problems at all. Many reviewers say it is not peppy enough but as long as you don't compare it to a sports car you should be fine.
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Can you beat 52 MPG ?

by from Arlington, VA on August 3, 2007

Everyone heard about the Prius and its get great mileage, but did you ever wonder what real-life consumption data are like? My wife and I bought our Prius at the end of 2006. As soon as we got the car...
Everyone heard about the Prius and its get great mileage, but did you ever wonder what real-life consumption data are like? My wife and I bought our Prius at the end of 2006. As soon as we got the car we added “EV” mode add-on that can be purchased on the internet for about $35. This add-on allows you to drive short distances in fully electric mode when you’re in town. That’s right, no gas. That’s really impressive and very satisfying when you pass by one of those big SUVs. The Prius is simply the best car I ever had. It’s not a sports car, but it handles the road just great. It’s very quiet and it’s loaded with gadgets: backup camera, in-dash 6 CD player, etc. One of the most distinctive features of the Prius is its navigation screen that allows you to see which engine (gas or electric) is being used to move the car. You also see your battery level, the battery being recharged and your average gas consumption. On average in town we get 42 MPG, as we get approximately 52 MPG on the highway. I go to the gas station every two weeks and spend around $25 ! Can any other car on the US market beat that?
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Settled for a Prius, but I'm lovin' it

by from Northern Illinois on November 14, 2007

What I really wanted was an electric vehicle. Until one is produced with the range, MPH and safety features that I require, I'm "stuck" with my Prius. I purchased the car over two years ago and I love...
What I really wanted was an electric vehicle. Until one is produced with the range, MPH and safety features that I require, I'm "stuck" with my Prius. I purchased the car over two years ago and I love this vehicle. My favorite part of the vehicle is the super low emissions as well as the excellent MPG that I'm recognizing. In the warmer months, I consistently get over 55 MPG. In the winter months, I'm dismayed by a ten point drop in my MPG to about 45. The only cons I have are that of a lacking seat comfort and the fragmented rear view. The latter was overcome. You simply end up getting used to the view.
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Reliable and a good commuting vehicle

by from Merrimack, NH on May 31, 2011

I've owned a 2006 Toyota Prius for 9 months now, and I have to share that this car is a great commuting vehicle. My daily 100 mile commute consumes only 1/3 of my gas tank. My monthly gas bill is so m...
I've owned a 2006 Toyota Prius for 9 months now, and I have to share that this car is a great commuting vehicle. My daily 100 mile commute consumes only 1/3 of my gas tank. My monthly gas bill is so manageable now! This car also has a backup camera, which really helps with parking. When I first got my Prius I thought it felt a little awkward and not at all like a typical car. After a few drives though I was completely comfortable driving it around and knowing the outside boundaries of the car. The windows on the sides and back really let you see what is around you; the hatchback bar in the rear window is distracting at first, but you get used to having it there and when the car behind you has headlights on, it actually blocks the lights. The only thing I don't like is that the seats don't adjust up and down (of course they adjust back and forth). I have to sit on a towel to help my legs be comfortable. It did cost a bit more than other cars of its year but the small investment at the beginning pays off not only in less gas consumption but also in less maintenance work. Other than that, it has been an amazingly reliable vehicle and I'm so glad I got one!
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2006 prius-better than expected.

by from lebanon TN on March 12, 2012

Prius...you expect no power,you expect no frills,you expect no room...this car has gadgets my wifes lexus doesnt. its peppy,no racecar to be sure,but compared to a honda fit? its a racecar. four adult...
Prius...you expect no power,you expect no frills,you expect no room...this car has gadgets my wifes lexus doesnt. its peppy,no racecar to be sure,but compared to a honda fit? its a racecar. four adults fit comfortably with plenty of legroom. fit and finish is tight,better than a corolla and about as good as a camry.and ...of course it gets between 42(cold weather) and 48(warm weather) mpg. its now 3-2012...gas is 3.60 for reg unl. 11.5 gal tank you do the math. what kind of yardage does your tank get? this car used with 120,000 mi was 9800.00 those are the facts,have a nice day.
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I'm so glad I bought a Prius

by from Arlington, VA on August 25, 2012

Six years and 110,000 miles after buying this car, I believe it to be perhaps the best buy of any piece of machinery in which I've ever invested. It drives economically and easily, and it teaches you ...
Six years and 110,000 miles after buying this car, I believe it to be perhaps the best buy of any piece of machinery in which I've ever invested. It drives economically and easily, and it teaches you how to drive it by providing feedback on mileage on a 5 min basis -- it's amazing. When I decided I would buy one, so many people came up with unfounded rumors about the battery, about electrical engine failures -- none of which panned out. Americans must have "fear of novelty" disease. I'm baffled. My latest use of the Prius is as a 1 kW emergency backup 110V AC power supply for my house (just the refrigerator, computer and a few lights). It works dandy. Basically, I cannot understand why anyone would buy anything else, unless they just can't afford one (not a bad excuse, actually). Bravo, Toyota. My next car will be a Prius.
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