2010 Toyota Prius
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the car for today

by 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...
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 putting a lot of miles on my car and making very regular $50. visits to the gas pump. Long story short and with a fair amount of trepidation, I bought a Prius, loaded, white. So here are my thoughts.... If I am in a sports car, I drive aggressively. If I am in the Prius, I drive like a normal person. This is good. I took at 600 mile road trip to northern Minnesota in the Prius, even with snow tires and ave. speeds of 65 mph, it averaged 48 mpg. And I'd only driven the car for 2 weeks, so I am still learning to push the mpg's thru driving technique. The seats while not the ultimate in comfort, were perfectly fine. The heating system & defrosters kept the visibility great and interior temp even. I have blue tooth and the premium JBL sound system...I streamed podcasts and music - sound was very nice and especially at higher volumes the sound gets richer. Yes, there is a rattle in the dash, when the car is cold, on the passenger side. It disappears when the car warms up. I needed hauling capability in the trunk and coming from a Volvo wagon, I was a bit concerned that it would be too small on the Prius but there too, it is meeting my needs and then some. I really didn't expect to love this car given its characteristics as a driving experience - it most definitely does not take a corner the way a BMW does. But despite that, since I now drive like a normal person, I really enjoy it. There is something intrinsically and continuously satisfying, even enjoyable about getting 48 mpg. I test drove the Lexus hybrid, and that was much more of a driving machine but its very small and the mpg's are closer to 40 than 50 and its significantly more money to buy and own. I also drove the new Ford C-Max which I liked but the Ford dealers that I dealt with had the most underwhelming and unappealing sales staff - it had a very 'old school' car salesroom feeling. Plus that car has just been introduced to the US market, so there are no used ones on the market and its decidedly not cute. The Prius III continues to exceed my expectations and you can count me among a new and growing number of Prius enthusiasts.
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Excellent car

by from Cave City, Kentucky on April 4, 2011

We bought a 2010 Toyota Prius IV with leather seats, seat heaters, navigation package and back up camera. The Prius is an outstanding car. I was warned about a Prius only being a city car. Some said i...
We bought a 2010 Toyota Prius IV with leather seats, seat heaters, navigation package and back up camera. The Prius is an outstanding car. I was warned about a Prius only being a city car. Some said it would not make sense to own a Prius if you lived in the country. Nonsense. We live in a rural setting. We drive mostly paved country roads, some interstate, and some in-town driving. We never drive stop-and-go city traffic. Our Prius gets an honest 56 - 57mpg on average. It's amazing. Others have said, "The Prius heater is inadequate, the car will not get warm enough when running on battery..." Simply not true. Our Prius heater will burn you out of the car if you want. And, the A/C will freeze you out if you want it that cold. One minor problem. I am rather tall--6'2". I must duck a little to see overhead stop lights in town. The bubble-type roof of the Prius allows me enough headroom but my line-of-sight is very close to the top of the windshield. The 6 way adjustable driver's seat helps with this limitation. Finally, we should have bought two. The last thing I hear my wife say as she leaves is, "I'm taking the Prius!"
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Better comfort and better MPG than other hybrids

by from Glendale, AZ on March 28, 2011

I owned the Honda Insight 2-seater IMA hybrid 1.0 Liter from 03-08 and the Honda Civic 4-door sedan IMA hybrid 1.3 Liter from 08-11. I put 80K miles on the first and 50K miles on the second. My fuel e...
I owned the Honda Insight 2-seater IMA hybrid 1.0 Liter from 03-08 and the Honda Civic 4-door sedan IMA hybrid 1.3 Liter from 08-11. I put 80K miles on the first and 50K miles on the second. My fuel economy was 52mpg lifetime on the Insight and 40 on the Civic. Now I have the Toyota Prius Generation 3 2010 hybrid and this car is much bigger, has split fold-down rear seats and a large hatchback storage plus trunk, and it gets better MPG with a better ride. The main difference is that the accelerator pedal is completely a fly-by-wire so you are pushing on the computer, not a throttle plate butterfly. The best MPG so far is 57.0 for 510 miles and the worst is 54.5 for 505 miles. The computed mileage was slightly lower than actual on the first two tanks and has now gone to slightly above actual after 5-7 tanks. Since I'm a 3-time hybrid owner I expect I do drive it to slight advantage over a newbie, but I am not a hyper-miler by any stretch. This car is so much quieter and smoother than the two others mentioned, and it has better AC -- functions even when the engine is off. Hondas must run their IMA engines all the time when they are rolling... no other options. The Prius can drive around parking lots and coast silently with the engine off. The IMA technology was great 10 or 12 years ago but cannot keep up with the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive advances. Buy one now! NOTE: DO NOT BUY THE EXTENDED WARRANTY FROM THE DEALER. CHECK ON-LINE AT PRIUS OWNER CHAT AND GET THE TOYOTA PLATINUM PLAN WITH ZERO DEDUCTIBLE FOR HALF.
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Still new to me

by from South Bend, IN on December 30, 2010

The Prius is a very comfortable car to drive. I like the driver's compartment layout. I still find myself watching the display a lot to see what kind of mileage I am getting at any particular moment. ...
The Prius is a very comfortable car to drive. I like the driver's compartment layout. I still find myself watching the display a lot to see what kind of mileage I am getting at any particular moment. I have been a little disappointed in the mileage overall. I have only been getting 38-39 mpg in city driving. I did put snow tires on the car if that makes a difference. There are some annoying features like the beeping in reverse. The continuous beeping if sensors detect a door open or something stuck in the door. The seat belt beeping. I suppose a talking car would be worse. :-)
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2010 Prius III

by from Beverly MA on April 28, 2011

I bought the care as a Toyota Certified used vehicle with 10K miles on it from a Toyota Dealer in February 2011, so I've only had it a few months. So far it's a great car. i like the way it drives and...
I bought the care as a Toyota Certified used vehicle with 10K miles on it from a Toyota Dealer in February 2011, so I've only had it a few months. So far it's a great car. i like the way it drives and I'm getting 50 MPG with mostly highway driving. A few small annoyances - the shifter is odd, - pull it back to go forward and pull it forward to go in reverse, just the opposite of what you'd think. Rear visibility takes a bit of getting used to. If you can afford a Prius IV with a backup camera it might be a worthwhile option, can't say for sure since I don't have one. The battery could be better- I found I can only go a few miles in electric only mode before the battery gives out. The new plug in Prius with LI ion batteries will be a definite improvement. If you are considering a used 2009 Prius vs a 2010 , get the 2010, there are a lot of small improvements that make the 2010 a better car. Overall I think the Prius will be the best car I've ever owned.
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This car flat out delivers

by from Colorado on August 15, 2012

I've had my 2010 prius for a little over 2 1/2 years and love it. I consistently get over 50 mpg on my 40 mile daily commute. I live in the rockies and this car does perfectly fine through snow and ic...
I've had my 2010 prius for a little over 2 1/2 years and love it. I consistently get over 50 mpg on my 40 mile daily commute. I live in the rockies and this car does perfectly fine through snow and ice in the winter (during the winter I average about 47mpg do to the cold). The interior is high quality - not lexus status, but very nice for a car in this price range. There's tons of trunk room, head room, and leg room. I have two large dogs that I take on long trips on a regular basis and never feel cramped with them, a passenger or two, and all the luggage. The car has plenty of power for passing other vehicles when needed. This has been the most reliable car I've ever owned, toyota has been doing hybrids for close to 15 years now and if the idea of having a car that has a $7,000 battery is a little scary to you just know that the battery is warrantied to 150k miles. If the slightly strange looks of this car aren't a deal breaker for you there's no reason not to get one.
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I feel good about my car.

by from Manitowish Waters, Wi on April 29, 2010

My 2010 Prius is everything Toyota and the reviews say. I live in a rural area and get between 55 to 60 MPG. As a senior citizen I feel good about saving gas for my kids, grandkids, and greatgrand kid...
My 2010 Prius is everything Toyota and the reviews say. I live in a rural area and get between 55 to 60 MPG. As a senior citizen I feel good about saving gas for my kids, grandkids, and greatgrand kids. I still reach for the key when I want to shut it off. Thats the result of 60 years of driving.
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Greatest car on fuel I've ever driven

by from Wisconsin on July 31, 2010

Only 1200 miles so far, and I love this car. Best mileage 62mpg, mostly highway at posted speed limit. I use the ECO mode all the time. Never thought a car of this type could be so much fun to drive.
Only 1200 miles so far, and I love this car. Best mileage 62mpg, mostly highway at posted speed limit. I use the ECO mode all the time. Never thought a car of this type could be so much fun to drive.
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nost loved car

by from Crescent Oklahoma on December 8, 2010

This is my second Prius My first was a 2007 and thought it couldn't get any better than that, we loved that one. After that one we bought a loaded one with GPS an solar roof & leather.This car has fea...
This is my second Prius My first was a 2007 and thought it couldn't get any better than that, we loved that one. After that one we bought a loaded one with GPS an solar roof & leather.This car has features that I could not of even thought of The extra power plus the three modes of driving . & even better mileage is incredable We just got back from a 2000 mile trip from thanksgiving an averaged more than 50 mpg @ Interstate speeds 70-75 Wife loves it also
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First fill up 50 mpg

by from Boston, MA on September 1, 2013

Test drove the Lexus 200 CT and I liked the Prius better. Lexus was cramped for being 6'4, but tons of space in the Prius. Folding backseat helps with Ikea stuff and Ace Hardware lumber pick ups. Neve...
Test drove the Lexus 200 CT and I liked the Prius better. Lexus was cramped for being 6'4, but tons of space in the Prius. Folding backseat helps with Ikea stuff and Ace Hardware lumber pick ups. Never thought I would see myself in a Prius, but this one has people turning their heads with the styling. 80% of my driving is city, crunching the numbers between my old car 02' Honda Accord and '10 Toyota Prius, I am saving $100 a month in gas So if you want to get a new car and save money for other things like...life..get this car before prices go up.
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