2008 Toyota Prius
The 2008 Toyota Prius is a tough act to beat in features, fuel economy and price in the continually evolving…
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Don't listen to the hype, this car is dependable, safe and worth the money! by Sir Ly, Protector of Lamb, Companion to Ri, Lord of SBB NJ on 03/25/2010. Trim: 2008 Toyota Prius Base, Owned 2 years.
Pros: Handles well, "zippy", great sound (with the upgraded sound package-9 speaker, JVC, 6 disc), comfortable during long trips, bluetooth, touch screen controls, reverse camera, and of course the fuel efficiancy. And the fact that even if you run out of gas you can still drive it, albeit very slowly, running off of the battery. This happened to me once when I first bought the car. I wasn't familiar with the fuel gauge, uncertain how long I had before I ran out. Ran out in traffic, yet was able to start it and run off of the battery just long enough to make it to a gas station!
Cons: Underpowered, gps does not always have addresses (reads "no address exists" when in fact it does), little variety in styling, expensive, and the recent recalls (which I have not have had a major problem with). VERY expensive to repair if damaged!!! Had two rear end collisions, car crumpled and cost $14k for the first accident and another $7k for the second (the other driver's insurance paid, but if you are uninsured/underinsured, be warned!).
Overall review: Overall a great car. The MPG rating is worth the extra cost (I paid over $25k but avg around 46mpg). Keyless entry, touch screen features, steering wheel controls, bluetooth, gps (despite its limitations), cruise, great sound, nimble yet underpowered, plenty of space despite it's seemingly small size (comfortably seats 4). The traction control works very well. Takes a little getting used to, and many shops are unfamiliar with the Prius. Have to take it to a dealer for reapairs (even to replace a headlight, which has gone out 3 times in the first 30,000 miles!). The shifter confuses those unfamiliar with the car.
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