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The Truth by ZenWaveRider on 03/09/2013. Trim: 2013 Toyota Prius Two, Owned 1 year.
Pros: I get very good to excellent gas mileage in my 2012 Prius II. On flat driving surfaces the car exceeds the mpg that is listed. I was surprised to get 50+ mpg on congested San Diego and LA freeways. Short trips in a cold Prius and hills reduce mpgs. That describes my usual driving. Overall, the Prius has saved me a lot of time and money at the pump compared to my previous VW VR6. My VW was a BLAST to drive but killed my new family at the pump and with excessive unscheduled maintenance costs. That said, I was looking for savings at the pump and RELIABILITY. The basic Toyota Prius II has done all that after one year of ownership.
Cons: Unlike the solid "thump" of a VW, the door panels on the Prius vibrate and sound hollow. While the interior is roomy with comfortable seats, the cloth upholstery soils easily. The interior plastics all look cheap. POOR VISIBILITY is a MAJOR CONCERN! Invest in a backup camera/sensor. I did have ONE SERIOUS ISSUE with the car. On three ocassions my new Prius would not start when pushing on the POWER button. The car alarm kill switch prevented me from starting my own car. I discovered that if I reset and then deactivated the alarm with my key fob, the car would start. Toyata took care of the problem after the second time when I informed them of my findings on the internet.
Overall review: Overall, I am very pleased with my Toyota Prius II. Despite some harsh criticism, the Prius has been an excellent, reliable family car that has saved me time and money. The Blue Tooth is great and the basic audio system just fine for me. Under better circumstances, I would have gotten the Plug-In or the Prius III or IV with the bells and whistles that I prefer. As it is, I am happy with my Prius II. Besides, I got a GREAT DEAL!!! A performannce car it is NOT! The Prius is an excellent family car that gets you from point A to point B. You'll save on gas and maintenance and help our environment. Beware of the visibility and start up/alarm kill-switch issues!!!
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Easy On The Gas by Harry from the South on 03/16/2013. Trim: 2013 Toyota Prius Two, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: It is way too early for a real good review, but I bought it for the gas mileage. I have only had it for a week but on my first tank of gas full from the dealer I got 56+ miles per gallon on 527 miles before I filled up. The car is what I thought it would be, very slow on the start unless you push the gas hard. I got the car for the gas mileage, but I will say my wife has a 2001 Avalon XLS with the (JBL) sterio system and the one in the Prius II is a lot better sounding.
Cons: None yet Too early!
Overall review: PS I will try to keep updating my review!
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Great gas efficient vehicle. by environmentally conscious consumer on 02/17/2013. Trim: 2013 Toyota Prius Two, Owned 1 year.
Pros: For a smaller car it rides and handles very well. I like the looks even though others do not. It has a lot of room for a small car & the interior has plenty of leg/head room. I can also carry a lot of luggage. Original tires are quality, engine performs well. I have taken it on a 5500 mile trip and it was great.
Cons: I have no complaints about the Prius. I also owned a 2009 and the new one is even better.
Overall review: Well worth the money if nothing else in the gas savings alone. I get over 50 miles per gallon on a regular basis. Plus it is good for the environment.
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Time for Plug-In by First Time Prius Owner on 05/14/2013. Trim: 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-In, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: I bought 2013 Prius Plug-In just 3 weeks ago. Still have more than the 1/2 tank of the origal gas... so I mostly using electricity. I work just 4 miles away from my house, so this car is perfect for me. Overall - the car is fantastic! It has enough power of Power Mode and drives up to 60+ mph on hayway, although I typically switch to the HW mode (from EV) on hayways and save electricity for city driving when it's more effective. I charge the car every night, it takes about 3 hours for a full charge from a regular plug. My average MPG so far is 110. Also, there are plenty of free car charging stations, although a full charge costs about 30 cents (for ~13 miles of EV driving).
Cons: The dashboard instrument screen has a low-res graphics. It's time to make it hi-res and colorful! Also, I'd like to have a higher EV range - up to 20 miles or so. I dont mind to charge it a bit longer!
Overall review: Very good car that serves my needs really well. It's great for short (EV mode) and long trips (HV mode), it saves a lot of money on gas, and it's just so fun to drive it on electricity!
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This is a great car! by John from SF on 05/13/2013. Trim: 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-In, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: We bought a 2013 plug in Prius and are very satisfied. Our driving is often trips of 10 miles or less, so the 12 mile range on the electric battery is excellent. It feels larger and more luxurious than our 2005 Prius ( a car we love). The base model includes heated seats, remote A/C and access to internet, Pandora, bluetooth etc. We researched the Leaf, Volt, and Tesla before buying this and made the right decision. The $4,000 fed and state rebate brings the cost down to about $28,000. We are averaging 85 mpg.
Cons: $32.000 sticker for base model is too expensive for many customers.
Overall review: If you often take short trips of 15 miles or less this is the car for you. The hatchback and rear seat fold down to produce a massive amount of storage capacity. The technology in the car is amazing. With a regular plug in it takes only 3 hours to recharge.
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