2008 Toyota Prius
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2008 Prius

by from southern RI on March 9, 2012

I bought this car with 15k miles on it in 2009. I'm pushing 75k miles now, and I love the car. It averages around 43 mpg during the winter, and is now around 46 during the summer, which I attribute to...
I bought this car with 15k miles on it in 2009. I'm pushing 75k miles now, and I love the car. It averages around 43 mpg during the winter, and is now around 46 during the summer, which I attribute to the winter gasoline blend. early in its life, I was getting 47-48, and once got 500 miles on 10 gallons. I mostly commute with the car, 60 mi/day on the highway.The Prius gets around 43 now under that condition, but improves to the high 40s if I'm running under 60 mph. I have calculated that with gas at $3.50, and going 24k miles per year, I'm saving $500 a year in gas when compared to a conventional Honda Civic getting 35 mpg. It's a great highway car, and has no problem maintaining 75 mph+ on trips down to PA and VA. It maintains speed over mountains. I love the car. very comfortable, good ventilation, interior finish. Very spacious rear leg space. I do my own oil changes - good setup for filter and oil replacement. No repairs thus far. My only complaint is rear visibility with the sloped back roof. Backing out of a parking spot, and lane changes require extra vigilance. It has the rear video, which is OK - I got it because I wanted an iPod plug. I definitely recommend this car.
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One year later...

by from Newark, NY on December 12, 2011

I've put 27k on my '08 Touring in the past year. I use it as a daily commuter, and our family of four took it on a 3500 mile trip through the Appalachians - enough power but a little tight on space wh...
I've put 27k on my '08 Touring in the past year. I use it as a daily commuter, and our family of four took it on a 3500 mile trip through the Appalachians - enough power but a little tight on space when fully loaded for the trip. Overall, I made the best choice I could've made - it's been flawless mechanically, no nit-picky items have needed attention (i.e. excellent integrity, unlike my wife's Montana!), and mileage is over 47 in summer, 43 in winter. Handles well in the Upstate NY snow, costs about $40 to fill up, and it's good for over 450 miles per tank. The gas companies hate me! The savings in fuel costs alone more than pays for the monthly payment. Oh, did I mention it's a PZEV??? 'Cause it's not just about saving money. It's a very low level polluter to boot. And gunning it from a traffic light, while not earth-shattering, will surprise alot of other drivers, and you don't feel guilty doing it. The battery and continuously variable tranny work well with the little 4 cylinder. This car is an engineering marvel. The technology is proven. What are you waiting for? Take a trip, buy the kids some new cloths with the $$ you'll save - don't waste it in the gas tank.
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Prius seems worth it

by from CT on June 24, 2010

I was a bit skeptical about the Prius but after 3 weeks of ownership I'm pleased. It's amazing how it motivates you to drive efficiently. Averaging 48 MPG on first 4 tanks. feels like a fast golf cart...
I was a bit skeptical about the Prius but after 3 weeks of ownership I'm pleased. It's amazing how it motivates you to drive efficiently. Averaging 48 MPG on first 4 tanks. feels like a fast golf cart..i like that. Love the room in the back seat and love the hatchback. It is not particularly comfortable for the driver, but only notice on long trips. Kids LOVE the touchscreen. So far, no buyers remorse. It's amazing how you feel when the gas tank is only 11.5 gallons and you go 500-600 miles.
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Great Car/Greater Mileage

by from Indian Wells, Ca on June 13, 2009

Following up my review on 1-12-09. My mileage has continued to climb. Put a K&N air filter in my Prius prior to my trip to Orange County. Best mileage before was a great 54.7 on my trip to Santa Monic...
Following up my review on 1-12-09. My mileage has continued to climb. Put a K&N air filter in my Prius prior to my trip to Orange County. Best mileage before was a great 54.7 on my trip to Santa Monica. With K&N and now 21,000 miles broken in, I got an amazing 64.3 mpg. I averaged 70+ mph and of course had some stop and go. This is Southern Ca.. Not one problem with the car and love it more than ever. Use to make fun of it and anyone driving one. Not now!!!
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Great car so far.

by from Colorado on May 30, 2012

The Prius has delivered all as advertised. 50 MPG and enough bells and whistles to make it fun. I am not going to win any drag races, but saves me hundreds of dollars a month compared to the old Buick...
The Prius has delivered all as advertised. 50 MPG and enough bells and whistles to make it fun. I am not going to win any drag races, but saves me hundreds of dollars a month compared to the old Buick I was driving.
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BEST CAR EVER!

by from Baltimore, MD on December 20, 2010

I bought my 2008 Toyota Prius. It's the best car I've ever owned, and I've owned a lot. It's very quiet, reliable, and spacious. I didn't think the trunk would be so spacious and have so much storage ...
I bought my 2008 Toyota Prius. It's the best car I've ever owned, and I've owned a lot. It's very quiet, reliable, and spacious. I didn't think the trunk would be so spacious and have so much storage space in it. I've had a hatch back before, but I love this type of hatch back. I love the key-less alarm on the car, and how I can leave my keys in my pocket the whole time. I don't think I'll ever own a different car again.
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Now is the time to go HYBRID!

by from Rochester, NY on March 7, 2011

After passing up a used Prius for my last two purchases, I finally followed my gut instinct. The price of gas isn't going down in the long run and my commute isn't getting any shorter. My '08 Touring...
After passing up a used Prius for my last two purchases, I finally followed my gut instinct. The price of gas isn't going down in the long run and my commute isn't getting any shorter. My '08 Touring edition has plenty of room for me and my stuff, and the family when needed, including the dog. It's been rock solid dependable, does well in the snow and averages just over 40mpg in winter, even better if I stay off the interstate. The steering wheel controls for climate, audio, etc. are handy and the video display touch screen operation is well thought out. The back-up camera has saved the cat more than once. Continuosly variable transmission is smooth and takes the chore out of finding the right gear - important with a small output engine. Sure, it has that "love it or hate it" look, and gets buffeted around in crosswinds more than my previous 2 ton cars, but they're sacrifices I'll accept to get twice the mileage. Overall, if you don't need a behemoth, or can no longer afford one, it's time to consider a Prius. With ultra low emissions - how cool that the engine turns off while coasting or at a stop - you're helping clear the air, too.
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Proofs in the pudding

by from Marysville, CA on February 2, 2012

It is really spacious and deserves to be compared to midsized sedans. I am impressed everyday I drive my 26 mile round trip commute. I average 48 mpg, not up to 40 mpg as some of the car companies are...
It is really spacious and deserves to be compared to midsized sedans. I am impressed everyday I drive my 26 mile round trip commute. I average 48 mpg, not up to 40 mpg as some of the car companies are advertizing. I am also happy that the only hybrid made today that beats my mpg is the newer Prii. I was filling up a lot more and for a lot more money with my other autos. I recommend this vehicle to any one who is looking to save money
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the best all-around car on the road

by from Norwood, NC on August 20, 2012

My prius is a dream for mpg, and all of the rest of its feathers. a real pleasure to drive. It increased my gas millage by 2/3. And paying for it's self with the savings.
My prius is a dream for mpg, and all of the rest of its feathers. a real pleasure to drive. It increased my gas millage by 2/3. And paying for it's self with the savings.
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Great Value

by from Brunswick, GA on June 24, 2015

I bought a used 2008 Prius with 70,000 miles on it five years ago. It now has 233,000 miles on it and I haven't done anything except oil changes and new tires. This is my second Prius and I will get a...
I bought a used 2008 Prius with 70,000 miles on it five years ago. It now has 233,000 miles on it and I haven't done anything except oil changes and new tires. This is my second Prius and I will get another when this one dies. The ONLY problem I have encountered is replacing the headlights. The high beam filament never breaks but I have replaced several because the low beam breaks. I am unable to replace a simple headlight bulb because of where they are placed. My mechanic hates to replace the one of the driver's side because he has to remove the entire fuse box to reach it. It tears me up to pay a mechanic for an hour's labor to replace one headlight bulb!
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