2007 Toyota Prius Consumer Reviews

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2007 Toyota Prius
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Great choice

by from Brookfield,WI on December 21, 2010

Purchased this vehicle because of the reliability history, gas mileage, and hatchback versatility. This vehicle has exceeded my expectations. I am hoping to see better MPG figures when the weather war...
Purchased this vehicle because of the reliability history, gas mileage, and hatchback versatility. This vehicle has exceeded my expectations. I am hoping to see better MPG figures when the weather warms up. The cold weather in Wisconsin takes a beating on MPG. I am averaging approximately 46 MPG. I do occassionaly use 'hypermiling' techniques. Dont get me wrong, 46 MPG is excellent. I get better MPG driving the Prius compared to my Harley Davidson Road King! I love the quality of the material on the seats. The rear seats fold down practically flat and provide a lot of space. I fit a 47" flat screen television in the box laying flat. with room to spare! The prius has more room then most small to medium sized gas guzzling SUV's. I would highly recommend this vehicle to anyone looking to save money on gas and maintenence costs.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Follow-up from May 4 2010 post--94000 mile point

by from Reno NV on February 17, 2012

Prius was still dependable with another set of new tires installed around 92,000 miles (tread wear lasted about 42000 miles). Only other significant replacement was the HID headlamps (known issue with...
Prius was still dependable with another set of new tires installed around 92,000 miles (tread wear lasted about 42000 miles). Only other significant replacement was the HID headlamps (known issue with this model year), which began failing near the 70,000 mile point. Everything mentioned in my previous post still applies, still solid fuel mileage of low-mid 40s (better in summer) with frequent driving up and down hills. Roomy for passengers with great storage capacity. I was able to fit a 7 foot tall Christmas tree in the car and the hatch was still able to close (no other passengers were in the car)! Unfortunately, in late January this Prius suffered severe front end damage in a wreck at 20-25 mph speed and was declared a total loss. In the 29-month time span since purchase, I put 54,000 miles on the car and was pleased to have experienced so few problems. To replace this vehicle, I just bought a white 2008 Prius with all the features of the silver car, plus navigation maps as a nice bonus upgrade. After driving this car for a while I'll post a review on the 2008 Prius page.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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recent purchase - Jan 2007

by from burlington, vt on April 18, 2011

The '07 Prius Touring Edition recently purchased with 50k miles lives up to it's predicted value in performance, milage and reliability. I was curious to see how it would manage our Vermont winter and...
The '07 Prius Touring Edition recently purchased with 50k miles lives up to it's predicted value in performance, milage and reliability. I was curious to see how it would manage our Vermont winter and was pleasantly surprised with it's snow-handling ability. New studed snow tires helped for sure and limiting driving to low snow depths and less icy conditions no doubt helped too. The low horsepower shows on our steep hills as the car struggles for power on climbs. Visibily front and back is acceptable and the camera in back helps. MPG has been in the low 40's this winter using snow tires. It was in the low-mid 50's with summer tires. So far, pleased with purchased especially as gas is approaching $4.00.
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Great Car

by from Albuquerque, NM on April 26, 2009

I am the original owner. I have driven mt Prius a little over 20,000 miles. It has performed quite well for me. Brakes are excellent. Acceleration is as good as any 4 cylinder car I have driven ... n...
I am the original owner. I have driven mt Prius a little over 20,000 miles. It has performed quite well for me. Brakes are excellent. Acceleration is as good as any 4 cylinder car I have driven ... no it is not a high performance V6 or V8, if you want that level of get up and gas up, look else where. Get into hypermiling and watch the gas economy go up. Also, watch traffic push past you. Usually you catch up to them at the next red light ... hint there is much less waiting at red lights if you plan ahead a bit. The exterior/body styling is a bit quirky and announces it is a different car ... with a coefficient of drag of .26, it slips along nicely. The seating is reasonably comfy, not plush, but better than many. Driver leg room is adequate for me (5' 11") but I have to put the seat all the way back. Living at 5,800 feet above sea level, my gas mileage is not what it would be at sea level. Also, I am next to or in the mountains so I have more hill issues than many people. However, I do manage to get 48.3 mpg on a steady basis. I like the cruise control, back-up camera but not the back-up beeper. The ride is a bit hard as the tire pressure is higher than I was used to. That is part of the high mileage -- the higher tire pressure reduces the rolling resistance. I can accept the slightly harsher ride trade for better gas mileage. My friends with Toyota's factory navigation system say it leaves a great deal to be desired. They say it is hard to program and not as accurate as they want. I strongly suggest buying an after market GPS instead of the expensive factory one. The view through the rear view mirror is unique due to the hatch back design. Do check this if you shop for a Prius. I have no problem with it but other owners complain about the view out the back.
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Purchased a used car

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Does recommend this car

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A wish for improvement

by from Madison, WI on February 19, 2012

This car is quite simply amazing. In almost every way. It can go 500 miles on a single tank of gas, its suspension is perfect, both in terms of alignment and tension, the engine is easy to service (pr...
This car is quite simply amazing. In almost every way. It can go 500 miles on a single tank of gas, its suspension is perfect, both in terms of alignment and tension, the engine is easy to service (provided you know what you're doing with the electronic components), and it's as user-friendly as they come. Even the fabric of the seats and floor mats is excellent. Not easily stained, and easy to get stains out of. I can only think of three cons with this car: 1. The windshield wipers -they wear out very fast -the rear wiper's coverage is small 2. Throttle response - E.G., the same as an elephant's 3. BHP -76 BHP, all to the front wheels, is simply not enough A project I would love to do with this car when I have both time and money, is to see what the effects would be of doubling the horsepower, lower the ride height by 1.4 inches, fitting larger alloy wheels and higher-performing tires, and reducing the weight by 30 kilograms through the use of lighter bodywork and lighter front seats, and finally, moving the position of the hybrid battery forward on the chassis to improve weight distribution, all while sacrificing only 10 mpg of fueal efficiency. The prius was never designed to be fast, but it very easily could be made into the most fuel-efficient hot hatch on the market today, even better than a Golf GTI.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Good choice for hybrids

by from Hartford, CT on June 5, 2011

The car is very comfortable, especially when it comes with leather pack. Everything is good except of that mileage is not the same as described. I noticed that when the car is driven by the hills it's...
The car is very comfortable, especially when it comes with leather pack. Everything is good except of that mileage is not the same as described. I noticed that when the car is driven by the hills it's gas mileage is far below the specs, however when driven by the city or on a straight highway, the mileage is excellent. The mileage on a hilly highway is averaged to 40 mpg, while on a straight road it gets to 45 and once in a while to 50. Overall excellent choice, just a little underpowered, what causing poorer mileage in mountains.
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Uses car for Commuting

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I believe in Toyota

by from Florida on October 4, 2008

In 1999, I bought the first car I ever bought, myself, a 1998 ex-lease car (previously owned). After much research I knew that Toyota Corolla met my financial adviser/daughter's mantra "A good, reliab...
In 1999, I bought the first car I ever bought, myself, a 1998 ex-lease car (previously owned). After much research I knew that Toyota Corolla met my financial adviser/daughter's mantra "A good, reliable used car." I LOVED MY COROLLA! It was ME! I had been used to riding high in a big Ford van (my husband and I had been RV'ers. He had passed away.) I didn't know if I would be happy driving, down on the road bed after the van but I had no problem. It was as if the Corolla had been designed with me in mind. I expected to drive that Corolla forever ---- then they came out with the Prius --- Hybrid. It wasn't until 2006 that the higher price of the Prius and my improved financial situation and the Prius body design was acceptable that a brand new (2007) Prius became possible. I bought the Prius in November of 2007, gave up my beloved Corolla and never looked back. I love the Prius. What's not to love about 50 mpg? And I love the idea of being more "green." I tend to resent the sales person who sold it to me. The sales person who sold me the Corolla spent the entire day with me and did not allow me out of the lot until he was sure I knew exactly how everything worked. The sales person (at the same dealership)who sold me the Prius, never bothered and I am still learning about vital aspects of the Prius, almost two years later! I had a theft alarm on the Corolla that "chirped" when locked, unlocked, or armed. The Prius only blinks and sounds a faint "ding." I miss the "chirp." The Corolla had automatic headlights, day time running lights and highway headlights at night that all came on automatically. I never had to touch the lights except if I needed the brights. The Prius headlights must be turned off even though they go off when the ignition goes off. Then they must be turned on again. The doors on the Corolla ALL locked automatically when the car was started. The Prius door locks do NOT. I am a woman alone and after 7 years of not having to think about locking doors, I have not been able to get into the habit of doing so even though my deceased husband would be upset to know that I drive around with doors vulnerable to invasion. I'm still thrilled to own the Prius and know that I made just the right move as it was only months after I made the purchase that gas prices when through the roof! And I still miss my beloved Corolla!
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Toyota Quality has diminished

by from IN on February 23, 2011

We have owned many Toyota cars and truck over the past several years and used to feel they were among the very top in terms of quality and value. In the past few years we have encountered serious issu...
We have owned many Toyota cars and truck over the past several years and used to feel they were among the very top in terms of quality and value. In the past few years we have encountered serious issues with several of our Toyotas (main engine computer, headlight issues, major sludge issues and one of our Toyotas developed unintended acceleration issues within a few months of purchase. Toyota purchased that vehicle back without question). On this Prius we experienced problems with the expensive HID lights after just a few thousand miles (do a search, many others have reported this problem). The dealer wanted $300 each to replace the headlight bulbs, YES $300 EACH. And they said that it might not be just the bulbs that needed replacing! Many of the issues occurred after the warranty had expired and Toyota refused to do anything about the problems despite the fact that the issues were very widespread and obviously the result of faulty manufacturing/quality control. We have decided to stop buying Toyota made vehicles. Much happier with Honda.
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Does not recommend this car

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Silver Prius has been like Gold so far!

by from Reno, NV on May 4, 2010

Purchased my silver Certified Used Prius with 40000 miles and have added over 16000 miles in just 8 months. Previous car was 10 yrs old with engine leaking and transmission failing so it was "luck of ...
Purchased my silver Certified Used Prius with 40000 miles and have added over 16000 miles in just 8 months. Previous car was 10 yrs old with engine leaking and transmission failing so it was "luck of the draw" to find this one on the lot. So far this car has been excellent in nearly all ways, runs like a champ, saves gas--we use this car for nearly all our driving needs and enjoyment! Car is "moderately loaded" with the hands free phone and bluetooth, JBL speakers and 6-cd changer, halogen headlights, remote entry, XM radio ready (not subscribed yet), but not leather seats or navigation package. A good mix of useful features for me, without a lot of things that I don't need. This car is fun to drive, comfy on long trips, lots of convenient controls on steering wheel, seat space is about as roomy inside as the 1999 Buick Regal that I replaced despite being a few feet shorter in overall length (fits better in garage!). Great storage with the hatchback and fold down rear seats--can fit two bicycles without a rack or removing wheels! Fuel mileage low 40s in winter, and between 45-48 mpg in summer with frequent driving up and down hills. Car came with basic economy tires already broken in, which were replaced after I put on 10000 miles during a harsh winter with snow/ice and lots of road sand. New deep tread all season tires may be reducing efficiency by 1-3 mpg but handles and grips better in snow. Other than the routine oil changes and one air filter replacement, the tires have been the only item replaced so far. Only minor issues besides the quick wearing tires--The rear view mirror rattles more than expected (although some of that may be due to rough roads). Also would have liked to see a lock on one glove box. An all wheel drive option would be nice for winter driving as well. Until someday I can get a plug-in or electric car, I really like this Prius!
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by from sedona AZ on January 30, 2012

We were surprised to find what we were looking for. The car was listed the day before we bought it. The deal went fine and we are happy with the car. Can't make a judgement on the reliability, we hav...
We were surprised to find what we were looking for. The car was listed the day before we bought it. The deal went fine and we are happy with the car. Can't make a judgement on the reliability, we have only had the car for a couple of weeks.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

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