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The 2015 Toyota Prius gets a special edition this year, while the rest of the lineup remains unchanged. The Prius Persona Series Special Edition adds dark-finish 17-inch wheels, heated outside mirrors, dark chrome accents inside, and is painted either Blizzard Pearl or Absolutely Red.
The 2012 Toyota Prius hybrid gains some new styling, with a revised front end, new headlight and taillight designs and new 15-inch wheel covers on the Prius 2. A host of new audio systems is added, including Toyota's Entune. Entune is a subscription infotainment service similar to Ford's SYNC that uses voice-recognition software for many of its functions, and includes apps for Bing, Pandora and Movietickets.com.
The new Prius Plug-in Hybrid uses a lithium-ion battery that can be recharged in 3 hours via a standard power outlet or half that time on a 240-volt line. The car can travel in electric-only mode for 11 miles and at speeds up to 62 mph, then works as a regular Prius hybrid after the battery discharges.
As the best-selling hybrid in the world, it's no surprise that the 2015 Toyota Prius is the car most people think of when they hear the word "hybrid." With traditional and plug-in models available, the fuel-efficient 5-door hatchbacks pair a thrifty gasoline engine to an electric motor. Thanks to some very clever drivetrain programming, you'll get excellent fuel economy almost regardless of how heavy you are on the gas pedal. It does this with all the practicality of any hatchback, with a decently sized rear seat and plenty of cargo room. These days, the Toyota Prius faces stiff competition from the more refined Ford C-Max and Chevrolet Volt – both of which are more engaging to drive – but remains the hybrid to beat.View Toyota Prius vehicles for sale near you.
By Docshiva on Wednesday, April 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 83,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "In the review - mileage, affordability, comfort."
Cons: "Not much."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The car is comfortable and quiet, and of course gets great gas mileage. I took a 7500 mile road trip last summer and never tired of driving it. It seats 5 comfortably. When I first got it, I had some troubling handling it in one area of long hills, but only because I was leaving it in Eco mode. That terrain required the power mode. Eco is best reserved for stop-and-go traffic. Funny what you learn when you read the manual! There's not much mileage difference between normal, power, and Eco modes. For conveniences, the keyless entry is nice, and when it senses you the cabin smoothly brings the lighting up to a welcoming glow. The console has minijack and charging ports. We use the first for iPod and smartphones. We usually keep a dual USB 2 in the second. We have a mid-level accessory package. The dash displays give us a lot of information without being cluttered or requiring much attention away from the road, including great mileage-as-we-go information, tire inflation warning, and a transient display that appears when using radio and cabin temperature controls on the steering wheel. The a/c and heating are controlled by simply setting the temperature, though you can override. It can't hold quite the amount as our PT Cruiser. Though the Prius is a midsize, the Cruiser has longer interior space. The Prius is not intended for lots of cargo - it's not an SUV - and we were able to have plenty for our long road trip with 3 people in the car. There's a hidden compartment in back that is very useful for shorter items. It matches the rear area in length and width. Increasing cargo would mean less battery, less passenger room, and/or a longer car. I wouldn't want those compromises. Safety features are considerable, including skid control, side airbags, and a sensor that only turns on the passenger airbag when an adult is in the seat; no need to turn off the airbag if a child is sitting there. In hindsight (get it?) I would have liked the rear camera; but I bought the car used. When I lived in a foggier area, fog lights would have been nice. They're available, and I would have added them if we hadn't been moving. When looking for a car, my criterion was affordability, with a weighted preference for mileage. I used an an algorithm on a spreadsheet (shut up! Geek can be a good thing). Considering cost (I was looking at 2-year-old used cars), resale, insurance, reliability, mileage, battery life and cost, etc., this won hands down. About the battery: So far 1 in 40,000 second generation Prii (really, that's the plural) have needed a replacement battery, at a dealer cost of $2588. Prii have gone 300,000 to 400,000 miles on the first battery. My battery came with a 150,000 mile warranty. About the brake life: Braking takes energy from the momentum of a car, producing heat and wearing out the bake components. In a Prius most of that energy charges the battery instead. This extends brake life by tens of thousands of miles. Lots of tens. I said it's my favorite car. Second favorite was a '65 Mustang ragtop - very different cars. If I had the means to buy any new car for daily use and extended travel, it would still be a Prius."
16 people out of 16 found this review helpful
By mdriftda on Tuesday, November 01, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good gas milage, if you drive below 65"
Cons: "Car rattles, Excessive interior vibrations"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"Have a 2011 toyota prius, after about 17,000 freeway miles I started to notice a intermittent rattling noise in the dash, I spent hours of annoyed driving trying to pin point the location, and every time I would take a dealer on a test drive of course it wouldn't do it. After 30,000 miles I simply cant handle the headache. If you look online and research Toyota Prius Rattles, more than 900 different complaints can be found on a single forum. The fact that more than 3 toyota dealerships in the bay area refused to do anything about it just made the matter worse. The dealership the car even came from said "we aren't going to go chasing after some rattle that might not even be there in the first place." Wouldn't even take apart and reassemble the dash on a new car under warranty with multiple customer complaints. With more online research I uncovered I wasn't alone, and toyotas refusal to help me in this situation has resolved me to sell this car and buy a 3 series BMW. Be extremely weary of cars starting prices, if they are low the build quality will always be poor. You can add expensive electronics, different engines, and better seats, but the interior design and plastics will always be the same. You might say a little rattling is nothing, but remember the Prius itself is really quiet, so if you dont have the radio turned up to a DECENT volume you will be reminded of your cars economical build quality."
12 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By Tony on Saturday, February 18, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Excellent mileage, stylish, spacious interior"
Cons: "Squeaks and rattles, esp cold weather, dash buzzes"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Large enough to carry lots of cargo, 5 adults easily, very good mileage, excellent feedback via gauges to help and inform, standard stereo very good, dash lights could be brighter, but are adequate. Comfy seats, driver's seat has adjustable height. Installed a block heater - would like to see them come standard for northern states (USA). Overall, very pleased with the car. 52.7 mpg average to date."
9 people out of 9 found this review helpful