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2007 Toyota Prius

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2007 Toyota Prius Review

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At the cutting edge of automotive design and technology, the Prius is propelled by a hybrid powerplant consisting of a battery-powered electric motor teamed to a gasoline engine. The two units can work in tandem or individually, allowing the Prius to earn uncommonly good fuel economy figures while producing extremely low (and, under certain conditions, zero of currently regulated) emissions. Unlike many fuel-efficient sub-compacts (in fact, the roomy Prius actually qualifies as a midsize sedan), the Prius can comfortably accommodate four adults, has a surprisingly smooth ride and can be loaded with such high-tech features as a rearview monitor and DVD navigation. For environmentally savvy families seeking to conserve both fuel and the great outdoors, the Prius is second to none.

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If you're concerned about the environment, this car produces next-to-zero greenhouse emissions in stop-and-go driving. Speeds below 30-miles per hour are handled by the electric motor -- the gasoline engine comes on only when you need more power or are driving at highway speeds. Nothing says "I'm Green" like a Prius parked in your driveway.

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Test drives have not achieved the claimed 60-miles per gallon city figure (our best numbers were around 45 miles per gallon). Long-term ownership costs are an unknown, as is the life of the battery pack and the cost to replace it.

What's New for 2007

For 2007 the Prius receives front seat-mounted side-impact airbags and front and rear side-curtain airbags. A new Touring trim debuts and includes a firmer suspension, 16-inch wheels, integrated fog lights and xenon headlamps.

Driving the Prius
Driving Impressions

The Prius is a very technologically advanced machine that employs a 1.5-liter gasoline engine rated at 76 horsepower and a battery-powered electric motor that generates 50 kilowatts (67 horsepower). The...

... Prius emits no sound when started. One simply pushes the start button, selects D from the dash-mounted shifter and depresses the accelerator. The Prius moves forward in utter silence because initially the electric motor is doing all the work.

As the Prius gets up to speed, the car's computer brain signals the gasoline engine to switch on, at which point the electric motor surrenders control in a seamless operation that is virtually undetectable. The differences between driving the Prius and a conventional gasoline-engine car are very subtle -- silent acceleration from rest and gasoline-engine shutdown at stops.

Push-Button Starter
The Prius's push-button starter is just one of the many futuristic features found inside the car.

Graphic Power Display
The graphic power display lets the driver monitor the interaction between the gasoline engine and electric motor, even when you can't feel it.

2007 Toyota Prius Details
2007 Toyota Prius photo Interior

The Prius's long wheelbase provides 112-cubic feet of interior space, nearly matching the mid-size Camry. However, with its rear 60/40 split bench seat folded down, the hatchback Prius can undoubtedly carry far more cargo than Toyota's bread-and-butter sedan. The center dash houses a large LCD screen that shows the power transfer map between the gasoline engine and electric motor, as well as the display for the climate, rear backup camera and navigation system. There is even an optional remote key fob transponder that tells the Prius you are its owner, allowing the doors to be unlocked and the car to be started without the use of a key.

Exterior
2007 Toyota Prius photo

The Prius' design is still unconventional, but somehow palatable to the everyday consumer. Compared to the first Prius, the 2007 model is much larger, with a fastback rear hatch design, bigger wheels and tires and a wider stance. A generous serving of side glass makes for good visibility, and the big rear hatch opening can swallow a 25-inch TV with no problem.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Every Prius features a 76-horsepower 1.5-liter gasoline engine teamed to a 50-kilowatt (67-horsepower) electric motor. Also along for the ride is a CVT automatic transmission, anti-lock brake system (ABS), air conditioning, rear defroster, power locks, power windows, heated power mirrors, illuminated remote keyless entry, AM/FM stereo with CD, front side-impact airbags, front and rear side-curtain airbags, tilt-wheel with touch controls, rear wiper/washer, traction control, a tire pressure monitoring system and alloy wheels. The Touring trim adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a larger rear spoiler, xenon headlamps and fog lights.

Optional Equipment

Options include DVD navigation, JBL audio, xenon headlights, leather seats, satellite radio, six-disc CD/MP3 changer, garage door opener, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), rear backup camera, Smart entry and starting system and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Under the Hood

It may look nice and simple, but beneath the Prius' hood is a complex array of computers, wiring and mechanics. Do-it-yourselfers will be lost. The engine itself is a basic Toyota four-cylinder internal combustion unit, aided by the electric motor that delivers its power in the form of impressive torque. Power to accelerate and pass is surprisingly strong, and the Prius rarely feels bogged down, even with a full crew onboard.

1.5-liter in-line 4 with 50-kilowatt Permanent Magnetic Synchronous Electric Motor
76 horsepower @ 5000 rpm/67 horsepower @ 1200-1540 rpm (110 net horsepower)
82 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm/295 lb.-ft. of torque @ 0-1200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 60/51

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2007 Toyota Prius Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 866 Ratings for the 2004 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Best money spent on a car.

By on Thursday, April 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 162,500

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Excellent inside storage and rear leg room."

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Purchased new--this vehicle is very reliable; great MPG(42-45); low maintenance; inside storage is exceptional for it exterior size; more rear legroom than a lot of SUV's; replaced hybrid battery at 162,153. Spouse has a 2010--MPG better than this at 45-50."

9 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Great car for the money/mpg/style.

By on Thursday, April 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Nice style and great mpg"

Cons: "Like the newer body style 2010-2015"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Bought the car used for my wife with 149000 mileson on it. No iusses of any kind, normal maint. tires and oil change. This car will get on average 47-50 mpg,and you can go anywhere, great car."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

love it

By on Monday, April 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 133,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "nice to drive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"bought my 2009 prius in december of 2015 with 119000 miles. now in april i have 133000 miles. driving it through the winter the mileage wasn't great about 37 mpg. but since the weather got warmer i get about 48 mpg. witch is better than the 20 mpg i was getting in my toyota solara. i have had an on going problem witch even stumps the toyota techs. my fuel system has a issue with measuring the amount of fuel in the tank. so it will tell me i have less fuel than i have. and it refugees to let me fill the tank like normal praises do. but other than that problem i am very happy with my purchase and hope to keep it a couple more years. my next car purchase will be another prius."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Never buying another Toyota

By on Thursday, April 07, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 174,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quiet ride, storage, back up camera."

Cons: "Poor service dept, no standards from corporate."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"As much as I love the idea of the Prius, I am disappointed in the service departments, and the corporate office (which tells me each dealership is independently owned, meaning they can do what they want without any repercussion except loss of customers). Also, the computer is purposely wrong - the gas mileage is not as good as what the display screen tells you. I only get 34mpg on mine. That is not a typo. They brag about 50 but lots of traditional gas engines do better than my Prius."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Best reliable car on the market!

By on Wednesday, February 03, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 124,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great gas mile,Dependable,Smooth ride"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I am a full time student and i drive for Uber part time.The Prius is the most reliable transportation you can get if you are on budget and don't want any headaches.I have totally recommend this car to anyone."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Like...love...if only...

By on Saturday, January 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Milage, low maintenance"

Cons: "Leg/head room, exterior paint job"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have my Prius almost 10 years now. Drives better than I thought it would. MPG is great. Best milage is at 50-55 mph on freeway. This averages about 50 miles per gallon. Only major repair was for new water pump (about $1,000). Needed a new 12v battery, and have changed tires once since getting the car. Two of those tires needed replacing though. Interior finishings seem low-end...rear door handle and power window control have fallen apart. Dashboard looks low-end. Biggest surprise is exterior paint job gone flat after just a few years, and I kept my car up with regular washing, waxing, etc. Other than oil changes, very little mechanical work has been needed (no tune-up yet, etc.). Was told I need new spark plugs though. Overall very happy with car, especially how little maintenance has been needed, and the great milage. I'm 6'2", so the head/leg room driving it is a bit tight for me."

17 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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