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  • (4.7) 185 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,302$14,162
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 50
  • Engine: 98-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (gas hybrid)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 2-speed CVT w/OD
2010 Toyota Prius

Our Take on the 2010 Toyota Prius

Sporting a similar shape but a completely new drivetrain and interior, the third-generation Toyota Prius arrives as a conventional hybrid that uses existing nickel-metal hydride battery technology. Toyota says it will eke out a combined 50 mpg.The company calls its Prius an "Eco-Icon," and the la... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Potentially expensive with options
  • Obstructed rear visibility

Notable Features

  • All-new third generation
  • 50 mpg combined
  • Available solar-panel moonroof
  • EV Mode for electric-only cruising
  • Gas/electric drivetrain
  • Available self-parking feature

2010 Toyota Prius Reviews

Cars.com Expert Reviews

Even with a spate of new gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles coming onto the market this year, there still is nothing out there that comes close to the fuel economy of the Toyota Prius, the hybrid by which all others are judged.Toyota introduced the third generation of the Prius earlier this year as a 2010 model, boosting its EPA ratings to 51 mpg city/48 highway versus 48 city/45 highway for the... Read full review for the 2010 Toyota Prius

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Consumer Reviews

4.7

Average based on 185 reviews

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the car for today

by Love those mpg's from Minneapolis, MN on December 20, 2012

First know that I am a German car enthusiast..yes, like BMW's, Benz, Audi etc...fast, road hugging, high end driving machines that give you a thrill every time you get behind the wheel. I found myself... Read Full Review

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2010 Toyota Prius Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Prius I

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Prius I

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
A
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
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 I

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Prius I

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger 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.

Recalls

There are currently 11 recalls for this car.


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

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

24mo/25,000mi

Free Scheduled Maintenance

24mo/25,000mi

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

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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