Best Bet
  • (4.5) 105 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,141–$10,229
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 56
  • Engine: 76-hp, 1.5-liter I-4 (gas hybrid)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 2-speed CVT w/OD
2007 Toyota Prius

Our Take on the Latest Model 2007 Toyota Prius

What We Don't Like

  • Rear visibility
  • Rear headroom
  • Control operation

Notable Features

  • Electric-dominant hybrid powertrain
  • Hatchback body style
  • Enhanced regenerative braking
  • Available Touring Edition

2007 Toyota Prius Reviews

Vehicle Overview
When Toyota introduced its gasoline/electric hybrid Prius for 2001, the manufacturer became the second automaker to offer a hybrid-powered passenger car, following on the heels of the two-passenger Honda Insight. The current Prius debuted for 2004. For 2007, the car receives additional standard safety equipment, as well as an available Touring Edition.

From the start, the Prius differed from Honda's hybrids in that electric power was dominant in its powertrain. An electric motor can power the Prius until it reaches about 12 mph. At that point, the gasoline engine takes over in a virtually seamless transition. The electric motor kicks in when needed to furnish additional power. When the car is stopped or coasting, the gasoline engine can turn itself off. During that slowdown period, the battery pack recharges; the Prius never needs to be plugged in to a power source.

More aerodynamically styled than its predecessor, the current, second-generation Prius has a coefficient of drag of only 0.26, which makes it one of the most aerodynamic production vehicles available. The Prius has a 106.3-inch wheelbase, and its overall length is 175 inches. Front and rear lighting units have been revised for 2006.

Fifteen-inch alloy wheels are standard. Touring Editions upgrade to 16-inch wheels. They also receive a European-tuned suspension, xenon headlamps, a rear spoiler and fog lamps.

Up to five people fit inside the Prius, and they're likely to enjoy more elbowroom than in the original model. Standard equipment includes electric-inverter automatic air conditioning, a CD stereo, and power windows, locks and mirrors. Options include leather seats, a rearview camera, keyless start and an upgraded stereo with a mini-jack port for connecting portable music players. Cargo volume totals 16.1 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
The 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine develops 76 horsepower, and a 500-volt 50-kilowatt electric motor is installed. The hybrid powertrain teams with a continuously variable transmission.

Antilock brakes, traction control, side-impact airbags for the front seats and two-row side curtain airbags are standard. An electronic stability system is optional.

Driving Impressions
In performance, the latest Prius takes the lead over Honda's Civic Hybrid. Acceleration from a standstill and for passing and merging is enthusiastic, though it's weaker at higher speeds. Ride comfort is another bonus. Though occupants can feel rough spots — and hear them beneath the hatch lid when sitting in the backseat — they're largely subdued. The Touring Edition model hasn't been tested, so its road noise and comfort is unknown.

A solid bar across the back glass impairs rearward visibility. While the interior doesn't feel quite midsize in dimensions, and rear headroom is sparse, rear legroom is abundant. The seats are adequately comfortable, but they're positioned oddly. The cockpit comes across as modern but unfamiliar. Some controls — including the electronic gear selector, parking brake and start button — might confuse drivers at first.

Toyota says much of the Prius' braking is of the regenerative sort, without input from the friction-operated brake pads. This phenomenon is noticeable while driving, but it's not intrusive.

Consumer Reviews


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Great gas mileage 50mpg. The Prius isn't the prettiest car but runs great very little maintenance! Tires last forever, Mine has over 200,000 miles and still runs and drives as it was new. I have owe... Read Full Review

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2007 Toyota Prius Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Prius Base

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Prius Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Prius Base

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Prius Base

Overall Rollover Rating
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 6 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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