2013 Toyota Prius Consumer Reviews

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2013 Toyota Prius
4.5
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Our second Prius

by from Philadelphia, PA on February 14, 2013

After owning a 2006 Prius with great satisfaction, we decided to add a second one to the family fleet. Generation 3 is a slightly different car from our old one that now has 137,000 miles on it. It ge...
After owning a 2006 Prius with great satisfaction, we decided to add a second one to the family fleet. Generation 3 is a slightly different car from our old one that now has 137,000 miles on it. It gets better gas mileage and gives options for driving with economy or with power. The interior is different - the controls work better and the displays are more complicated but interesting. The biggest difference is the addition of electronics that include Nav at a lower trim level, satellite radio, and something called Entune that uses smart phone connection to the internet to do apps such as traffic, weather, Bing. There have been some problems with the electronics which have suffered from total system crashes. I am told that this is Apple's problem with iOS 6. Driving is comfortable and pleasurable. It handles well in town and on long trips. We bought a level 3 car and had leather and heated seats added by the dealer. Much better finish than the fake leather on the upper level cars. Just the position of the heat switches (on the side of the seats) is an improvement over Toyota's design. And I was particularly pleased when I compared my invoices of our two Priuses. I paid less for the new one than the old - the difference between relative gas prices then and now and the time of year (winter vs. spring). We plan to keep both cars for many years. The old one has been problem free. Low cost of ownership even when one considers the add price of the hybrid system.
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Smart Car

by from Boston on July 19, 2013

My Prius 3 is a dream come true. My initial motivation was ecomonic, fantastic gas mileage 48/50 and with the price of gas continuing to rise I could not have made a better choice. I have only owned m...
My Prius 3 is a dream come true. My initial motivation was ecomonic, fantastic gas mileage 48/50 and with the price of gas continuing to rise I could not have made a better choice. I have only owned my Prius for 2 weeks and am a novice at all of its features. Bluetooth, Satelite radio, GPS Navigation and more. It is also bigger than my Corolla LE which was a surprise to me. The pick up is a bit slow, but you have the option to switch to Power mode which helps this. I have used just over 1/4 tank of gas with a fair amount of driving. The electric engine can be set to ECO in traffic and stop and go driving which prevents you from using gas. I could not have been more presently surprised with my new Prius
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great car

by from east coast of Virginia on May 4, 2013

Bought the 2013 Prius 2 in Phoenix a month ago (4/13) and then drove to the east coast loaded to the max with luggage and stayed at 70mph whenever on 4 lanes which was 95% of the time. Zero problems a...
Bought the 2013 Prius 2 in Phoenix a month ago (4/13) and then drove to the east coast loaded to the max with luggage and stayed at 70mph whenever on 4 lanes which was 95% of the time. Zero problems and still got 49mpg as measured by actual gas used. Once home with about 85% country roads I've been getting 51 easily. The on- board computer is reasonably accurate. Overall this is an absolute gem of a car and in making the decision to buy I was heavily influenced by the consumer reviews which were overwhelmingly very positive.
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Traded in the Cmax for this

by from Phila, PA on September 18, 2013

We had purchased a Ford Cmax based on the 47/47/47 mpg claims at the time. Because of problems and never getting above 37 mpg, and a safety recall we decided on the Prius level 3. We could not be hap...
We had purchased a Ford Cmax based on the 47/47/47 mpg claims at the time. Because of problems and never getting above 37 mpg, and a safety recall we decided on the Prius level 3. We could not be happier with our purchase. Our goal was high mpg and safety. Our first tank was 47mpg, our highest tank was 58mpg. And our average is around 48mpg. We achieved in the first fill up what was unable to be had with the Cmax. The IIHS rates this as a top safety pick. If this had not been rated as a top safety pick or not rated, we would not have purchased this car. No matter how many MPG, safety is stil the deciding factor. This car is very comfortable to drive once inside - getting in and out for a bigger guy (6'0", 275lbs) is slightly a chore but not too bad. There is plenty of room for all 4 of us (2 teens, 2 adults) and for the groceries in the back. The car has had zero problems with it - a somewhat unusual thing on new cars I have purchased. Normally something is wrong, but in this case there has been nothing wrong in 3000 miles. The extended warranty is reasonably priced and the 0% financing being offered were the icing on the cake. CONS: rear window is split with a spoiler and takes some getting used to. There is a slightly annoying feeling when going from electric to gas in particular at about 45mpg when it transitions. The multi purpose display screen (GPS, radio, etc) is obscured by the sun though an aftermarket sun shield is availbe though I haven't purchased it yet. The usual bluetooth trade off when changing drivers (after shutting car off and going out later) problem can be frustrating, have to select the new driver from a menu instead of being automatic. The only other small peeve is the fact that not all models have a lifetime MPG tracking tool - need to do through the tripodometers. Visibility can be frustrating for some, in particular taller drivers. PROS: High MPG. IIHS Top Safety Pick. Reliable, not a single problem, build quality is sound, seats are very comfortable, decent ride. Price comparable with other hybrids but 0% financing and a reasonable priced extended warranty make it a good value. Overall, I'd say a good choice for those who want high mpg and a top safety pick. I read reviews about cheap interior but to be honest our Cmax had similar materials - neither felt cheap. The car achieves the mpg it promised on the first fill up and well beyond its rated mpg on certain kinds of trips. If I had to do it again, I'd have just bought the Prius to begin with and forget the others.
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Pragmatic car

by from Jacksonville, Fl on January 8, 2013

There is only and I mean only one issue I have with this 2013 Prius package 4. The navigation system it really lame. My Garmin is way better. Other than that whether, it's room, power, comfort, sound ...
There is only and I mean only one issue I have with this 2013 Prius package 4. The navigation system it really lame. My Garmin is way better. Other than that whether, it's room, power, comfort, sound system, handling, AC, features, everything is very good or excellent. I just don't know a word that can discribes 53 mpg better than 510 miles on a full tank. Man, talk about putting a ole on your face!
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toyota Prius

by from Ohio on November 8, 2012

As of right now I,m extremely pleased with my toyota prius. Our first trip was over 580 miles and we got 52 miles per gallon. That is really good. I went to our local dealer and drove it about every ...
As of right now I,m extremely pleased with my toyota prius. Our first trip was over 580 miles and we got 52 miles per gallon. That is really good. I went to our local dealer and drove it about every car out there, once I picked the one I wanted, got my price. I got online and contacted eight dealerships told them I would find a new car did not want to be a round on price, and wanted the lowest price right now that I could get. Two places came up a round thousand dollars last than everybody else. I went back to my dealership told them I would rather do business locally if they could beat the practice I've received. I would deal locally and they did beat the competitors price so I bought locally. Used the Internet to get your best deal DON
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Really love it

by from Boise, Idaho on September 24, 2013

I have wanted a Prius for a long time. I know several people that have them and love them. Went to a dealership to test drive the 3 different models. Chose the mid size. Mostly interested in improved ...
I have wanted a Prius for a long time. I know several people that have them and love them. Went to a dealership to test drive the 3 different models. Chose the mid size. Mostly interested in improved gas mileage. It has not disappointed. Driving on a 1400 mi. trip the gas mileage varied between 47-51 mpg. The interior is comfortable for two fairly good sized people. We leveled the backseat and took luggage, a good sized cooler and bags of curtains to be delivered to a friend. The seats are easy to put down and pick up. We did have to read the manuel to figure out all the buttons on the dashboard and the information the digital readout was telling us. Learning curve is like getting a new smart phone..........:>)
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gas sipper

by from Ruffin SC on March 19, 2013

I bought this car for the gas mileage, I have only had it a little over a week so it is too early for a true accessment of the car but on my first tank of gas I got 56+ mpg on over 500 miles. So far o...
I bought this car for the gas mileage, I have only had it a little over a week so it is too early for a true accessment of the car but on my first tank of gas I got 56+ mpg on over 500 miles. So far on the 2nd tank it looks better, to early to gas up yet!
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2013 Prius two

by from Minneapolis mn on September 27, 2013

The Navigation system is worthless. It dies mid trip frequently and routes oddly. I have taken it in to Toyota twice since I purchased new four months ago and they can't figure out what is wrong. Luck...
The Navigation system is worthless. It dies mid trip frequently and routes oddly. I have taken it in to Toyota twice since I purchased new four months ago and they can't figure out what is wrong. Luckily I take photos of the gibberish that appears when it dies so the dealer knows the problem is real. Otherwise the car is fine but for this much money I expect a navigation system that works. Otherwise the ride is fine and it is very roomy. Mileage averages 59 miles per gallon combo city and freeway.
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It could be better but what couldn't?

by from North Georgia on November 15, 2013

Look, either you're into this type of eco friendly and gas miser type car or you are not. If you're not, then go burn rubber with the so-called sport sedan owners, get 20-25mpg, better comfort/handlin...
Look, either you're into this type of eco friendly and gas miser type car or you are not. If you're not, then go burn rubber with the so-called sport sedan owners, get 20-25mpg, better comfort/handling, prestige and all that but leave the rest of us Prius owners alone! No wonder they call the Prius a game changer and/or a polarizer. Here's my take on the Prius: Good: Fuel economy. Duh. Roomy interior. Utility. Bad: Tire burning/smoking getaways but if you want this from a Prius, you're delusional in the first place. I think a lot of people like to put down anything that fails to fit their image of what IT should be, like a car for instance. I'm the type that doesn't like to go with the flow with the other dead fish. The Prius is cool. If you get that, you'll get it. If you don't, you never will.
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