2011 Toyota Prius
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3 months in and no regrets!

by from Charlotte, NC on May 24, 2011

So far, the Prius has been outstanding. Overall MPG is around 47.5 so far and my wife and I love the design of the cabin. Time will tell about reliability and maintenance costs, but if it's as good as...
So far, the Prius has been outstanding. Overall MPG is around 47.5 so far and my wife and I love the design of the cabin. Time will tell about reliability and maintenance costs, but if it's as good as the previous generation, I doubt we will be disappointed.
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Better than we thought it would be

by from Remote Pacific coast of Washington on December 12, 2011

My husband is 6'4". We googled economical cars for tall people and came up with a list of about 6-8 cars. I buy the cars in the family and do the preliminary footwork. When looking at one of the Scion...
My husband is 6'4". We googled economical cars for tall people and came up with a list of about 6-8 cars. I buy the cars in the family and do the preliminary footwork. When looking at one of the Scion models which was parked next to a Prius, I remarked that I wish my husband could fit in one of them. The salesman said that the new ones were bigger and that he would fit. I said let's go and took a test drive. It was the one. My husband came and sat in it and we bought it. He fits comfortably and four adults are very comfortable in it. My husband averages 48 miles per gallon and I average 50 miles per gallon. We don't miss the pick up power when we remember to push the power button and we have almost made out car payment each month in gas savings (we live in a remote area and travel alot). We love the car and our new second car in a year or so might turn into the new bigger Prius to replace my Honda Element that I love. I would have kept buying them had they not stopped making them. I thought they could have done better with the gas mileage though. They were great with tall people. Our sons are all 6' or better.
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Best MPG on the road

by from SC on May 8, 2012

I went from driving a midsized SUV to a Prius and have never looked back. The main reason I switched was the MPG. The Prius is roomier that I previously thought as well. I average in the mid-40's mpg ...
I went from driving a midsized SUV to a Prius and have never looked back. The main reason I switched was the MPG. The Prius is roomier that I previously thought as well. I average in the mid-40's mpg around town and between 50-60 on the highway depending on speed. Driving at 60 mph = about 60 mpg!!! As of about 3 months ago, I swore I would never drive a Prius and detested anyone who did. Then I test drove one at my local dealership and that changed my mind on the spot. I opted for the Prius 5 which has leather, heated seats, navigation, bluetooth, and HID headlights. All of the technology works great and I am very pleased with the car overall. The seats are much more comfortable that I expected, especially on long trips. I was expecting to have to put a subwoofer in to make the speakers sound better but with the JBL system that came with the 5, I didn't need to change a thing!! That was a pleasant surprise. There is ample storage with the seats folded down for most the majority of my uses. I'm sure moving is going to be tougher when that rolls around but I'll figure something out. The only downside to switching from a SUV to a car is losing the towing ability. The fit and finish on the Prius is impressive. It drives incredibly smooth and quiet on the highway and is a very comfortable car (I'm 6' 5"). Fill ups run between $32-35 depending on the price of gas. Right now its around $3.50 and a tank will get me about 500 miles! Switching from a traditional gas powered car to a hybrid takes time to learn the system and how to achieve the best MPG. Taking off quickly from stop lights is no longer an option, and it takes time to pass cars on the highway. Having accepted that, I remind myself that I'm saving a ton of money on gas and I feel better. I would highly recommend at least driving a Prius before your next purchase, even if you have never considered one.
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We love our Prius

by from Central Texas Hill Country on December 19, 2011

We bought a new 2011 Prius 2 about 2 months ago and have been extremely happy with it. It has more power than we expected. It runs quieter than our Lincoln Town Car and drives more like our BMW did on...
We bought a new 2011 Prius 2 about 2 months ago and have been extremely happy with it. It has more power than we expected. It runs quieter than our Lincoln Town Car and drives more like our BMW did on the curves in our area. All of the surprises have been good ones. So far we have not been getting 50 mpg. We are averaging about 44 to 46 mpg but that could be due to the high hills on our roads and my jack-rabbit starts from stop lights. The mileage will probably improve when the car is more broken in, too. Both my wife and I love the car. It has excellent storage with 2 glove compartments, the center console, the door compartments, and the cargo area. We love the quiet ride and the ease of driving the car. It almost drives itself. So far we have no complaints about the car.
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Excellent

by from on December 19, 2011

First time ihave ever bought a new car and have had zero problems or complaints. I bought the Prius because I drive more than 100 miles a day, but the Prius is more than I expected. I enjoy driving it...
First time ihave ever bought a new car and have had zero problems or complaints. I bought the Prius because I drive more than 100 miles a day, but the Prius is more than I expected. I enjoy driving it.
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Prius is a GREAT car !!

by from Waxhaw, NC on December 12, 2011

I bought a Prius level 5 with Nav in October 2011. I really needed a high mileage vehicle since I am 10 to 15 miles from anything, one way. My fuel bill was getting ridiculous in my 2005 GMC Yukon XL ...
I bought a Prius level 5 with Nav in October 2011. I really needed a high mileage vehicle since I am 10 to 15 miles from anything, one way. My fuel bill was getting ridiculous in my 2005 GMC Yukon XL Denali at 12 mpg. The Prius regularly gets 50 mpg. The level 5 includes 17" wheels, heated seats, leather, and a few other features. The car looks a LOT better with the 17" wheels than the standard 15" wheels. The only thing it took time getting used to was the visibility via the rear view mirror and the side view mirrors, which may have been because I am tall and used to the higher driving position of the Yukon. Overall, I love the car and the mileage is fantastic. I am saving almost enough in fuel to pay the monthly payments.
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Reliable and Efficient

by from Denver, Colorado on May 23, 2014

Our 2011 black Prius 2 is a fantastic vehicle, with only a few shortcomings. Pros: We are getting 50.1 MPG. The car has had zero reliability issues in 3 years. It is zippy and somewhat fun to drive ar...
Our 2011 black Prius 2 is a fantastic vehicle, with only a few shortcomings. Pros: We are getting 50.1 MPG. The car has had zero reliability issues in 3 years. It is zippy and somewhat fun to drive around town in. The rear-seat legroom is pretty good. And the trunk space is good comsidering it is a passanger vehicle Cons: the front seats are uncomfortable for more than 1 hour because the seats lack support near the lower back. The interior feel is cheap af best. The radio is absolutely terrible on the 2nd to base level model. The rear seat is low. There is no standard backup camera and the spolier in the back inhibits rear visibility. Conclusion: this car is mind-blowingly efficient, cheap to own and run, and can be fun to nip around town in!
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My Lovely Baby with the Edge

by from Chicago, IL on October 8, 2015

I purchased Prius III 2011 as the used one with over 33 k miles from the Toyota dealer as my second car. Already have Sienna 2008 which is lovely van, but due to its size needs to get over 20 MPG on a...
I purchased Prius III 2011 as the used one with over 33 k miles from the Toyota dealer as my second car. Already have Sienna 2008 which is lovely van, but due to its size needs to get over 20 MPG on average. Therefore, to offset its costs I wanted some smaller car with decent MPG. Luckily, got the chance to buy this used Prius with package III (GPS, backup camera, JBL system with 8 speakers, blizzard pearl color, tinted windows etc.). The vehicle has 4 driving modes: 'Eco' for hyper mileage enthusiasts, but if you are in the hurry, you cannot stand it as all is numb; 'EV' - electric only, to pull around the house; 'Normal' from Prius Gen.2; and my favorite - ' Pwr' when Prius behaves like normal car engaging full power and making some people a little shocked. Additionally, I have many upgrades (side moldings, sway bar, stabilizer, cold air intake, fin shape radio antenna etc.) that make my Prius to be unique. However, as the typical guy I love to have some fun while driving and stand out from the crowd. This requires some sacrifices as my mpg is on average around 45 MPG, however, how many cars let you drive without looking into the economical driving with such as result?? None, except Volt...... It lets me spend always between $15 -$20 dollars per week on gas. On overall, this is nice commuting car with some minor flaws, such as winter driving (challenge, requires winter tires to be on the safe side) or some problems with breaking while hitting the bump on the road (for a 1-2 seconds you can feel like your car's breaks are numb, however, the stabilizer strut bar fixes this problem ). Finally, as the car is made in Japan, you do not need to worry about anything, except oil changes every 10 k. Two thumbs up!!!
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My Pruis

by from Clinton,CT. on July 3, 2012

I love this car ....I am retired but work 2 p/time jobs driving people to doctors - shopping - etc - my yearly driving is 25-35,000 miles so I spend a lot of my time in my car. I purchased my 1st. pru...
I love this car ....I am retired but work 2 p/time jobs driving people to doctors - shopping - etc - my yearly driving is 25-35,000 miles so I spend a lot of my time in my car. I purchased my 1st. pruis in 2010 and averaged 50 mpg after putting on 50,000 trouble free miles I traded it for my 2011 and this pruis is better on gas than my 2010 - I now average 53.1 mpg and have put on 11,000 miles in just 4 1/2 months. I can seat 5 people - have plenty of headroom, and when the rear seat is folded down have a lot of cargo space...This in my opinion is a no brainer for any one looking for a car that is dependable, comfortable, and super great on gas -
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Excellent vehicle

by from Warner Robins, Ga on January 2, 2012

Prius IV. Excellent vehicle averaging 49 MPG combined. 2 months old and no compliants. It would be nice to have power seats, otherwise this is a very good buy for someone who wants to save money on fu...
Prius IV. Excellent vehicle averaging 49 MPG combined. 2 months old and no compliants. It would be nice to have power seats, otherwise this is a very good buy for someone who wants to save money on fuel.
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