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Used 2008 Toyota Prius

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Combined Fuel Economy
46 MPG
Horsepower
76 HP
KBB Consumer Rating
4.7 
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Pros

If you're concerned about the environment, this car produces minimal 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 2008 Toyota Prius parked in your driveway.

Cons

If saving money is as important as saving the planet, you can buy a Toyota Corolla for a lot less money and still get pretty good fuel economy and low emissions. The Prius' 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 2008

For 2008, Toyota will increase Prius production and add more packages to the already lengthy option list.

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Used 2008 Toyota Prius Pricing

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Used 2008 Toyota Prius Expert Review

At the cutting edge of automotive design and technology, the 2008 Toyota 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.

Driving the Used 2008 Toyota Prius

The 2008 Toyota 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.

Favorite Features

Push-Button Start
Although offered on more and more vehicles at all price levels, push-button start still qualifies as one of our favorite features.

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.

Used 2008 Toyota Prius 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 systems. 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.

Used 2008 Toyota Prius Exterior

The Prius' design is still unconventional, but somehow palatable to the everyday consumer. Compared to the first Prius, the 2008 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.

Used 2008 Toyota Prius Standard Features

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, 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.

Used 2008 Toyota Prius Options

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

Used 2008 Toyota Prius Engine

It may look nice and simple, but beneath the Prius' hood is a complex array of computers, wiring and mechanical intricacy. 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: 48/45

How Much Does the Used 2008 Toyota Prius Cost?

We can tell you the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the Prius begins at just under $22,000, but there is no guarantee you'll find one for that price. Demand last year nearly outstripped supply, and this year consumers with lots of cash on their hands may bid up prices as fuel costs continue to rise. A look at the Fair Purchase Price shows that typically the Prius is selling for about MSRP, but again that number may vary depending on where you live. The Prius is a hot commodity in California and other states where it qualifies for a coveted HOV-lane sticker and thus allows single commuters into the carpool lanes. We expect the Prius to retain a good portion of its original value, although not as high as its big rival, the Honda Civic Hybrid.

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Used 2008 Toyota Prius Consumer Reviews

4.7 

Overall Rating

5 star

84%

4 star

11%

3 star

2%

2 star

1%

1 star

2%

Value
4.8 
Performance
4.7 
Quality
4.8 
Comfort
4.7 
Reliability
4.8 
Styling
4.7 

Amy S
05/29/2019
2009 Toyota Prius

"I love my Prius. Little to no maintenance costs."

Feels roomie, MPG, low maintenance, quiet
Not the best on snow or unplowed roads, antislip
Replaced breaks for the 1st time at 175k. No issues with repairs at all. Air conditioning still going strong. We've road tripped all over the US including Colorado mountains. We got great mileage. The get up & go is a few seconds. It's not the best on snow but we manage fine on plowed roads. I'm heavy/larger & my Prius feels so much roomier on the inside than other compact cars. I plan to purchase another Prius after this one.
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louis
04/30/2019
2005 Toyota Prius

"No Major problems- drive about 5000 miles/year."

Still gets great mileage (better than 50 mpg.)
Road noise (but my tires contribute to that.)
Paint is exceptionally good. Change oil at least twice/year, try to adhere to maintenance recommendations.
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Brad
03/16/2019
2004 Toyota Prius

"Saved my life in Australia."

Long range and Toyota reliability.
Not the most attractive car on the road.
I bought this car used in 2005 because it was in great condition, looked very nice and petrol prices were the highest they had been ever. I drove from Adelaide to Townsville and because my GPS hadn’t been updated with all the most recent road work, I took a wrong turn. After 250 miles, the paved road came to an end and we were driving on a graded road surface. At 400 miles, there were no more street lights and no more cars to be seen - not even trucks or work vehicles. At 600 miles we were well beyond the range of any other conventional sedan at the time and our Prius still had a quarter of a tank. I was ‘nursing’ the car at this time which means driving slowly and using the batteries as much as I could. We even got out of the car at this stage on the highway to look at the stars and to admire the Aussie wildlife. There was still nothing except kangaroos around us. At 700 miles, the road changed back into a paved surface and we saw street lights again. Finally we arrived at a gas station with the Prius still chugging away and my newly fostered conviction that this was the best car I had ever owned. More than a decade later, my dad still drives this car around and he has never had a problem.Read less
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Dennis
02/14/2019
2008 Toyota Prius

"reliable good gas milage"

reliable and safe good brakes
small body style
very reliable hybred with air and new tires amfm radio and cd player some paint chips no damage to body is straight no accidents one owner excellent gas milage fun to fun to drive, rear camera
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lyft joe
11/16/2018
2006 Toyota Prius

"the best car ever"

good car to make money
ugly
i use this card to become a uber driver
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2008 Toyota Prius Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.

Technology

  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Navigation System
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Proximity Sensing Keyless Entry

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Radio
  • CD Changer
  • MP3 Player
  • Premium Radio
  • Satellite Radio
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • CD Player
  • Front DVD Entertainment System
  • Rear DVD Entertainment System

Seating

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Cloth Seats
  • Leather Seats

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Integrated Garage Door Opener
  • Power Liftgate/Trunk Release

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 48 mpg
  • EPA Class - Midsize Cars
  • EPA Hwy - 45 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 46 mpg

Performance

  • Horsepower - 76 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 5000 rpm
  • Stroke - 3.33 inches
  • Torque - 82 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 4200 rpm
  • Horsepower-Combined - 110 hp

Interior

  • Cup Holder
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Power Outlet
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Tilt Steering Wheel

Exterior

  • Alloy Wheels
  • Heated Mirrors
  • HID Headlights
  • Limited Use Spare
  • Number of Doors - 4 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Privacy Glass
  • Spare Tire Type - Limited Use
  • Tires / Wheel Size - 17"
  • Tires / Wheel Size - 18"
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P185/65R15
  • Upgraded Wheels
  • Wheel Type - Alloy
  • Fog Lights
  • Rear Spoiler

Security

  • Alarm System

Warranty

  • Basic Miles - 36000 miles
  • Basic Years - 3 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 5 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 60000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 5 years
  • Hybrid/Electric Components Miles - 100000 miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components Years - 8 years

Mechanical

  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Drum
  • Braking System - Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - FWD
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Engine Type - Hybrid
  • Power Steering
  • Transmission Type - Automatic
  • Cylinders - 4 cylinders
  • Displacement - 1.5 liter
  • Bore - 2.95 inches
  • Total no. valves - 16 valves
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Configuration - Inline
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • Transmission Sub-Type - CVT
  • Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Hill Start Assist

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 2932 pounds
  • EPA Passenger - 96.2 cubic feet
  • Fuel Capacity - 11.9 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 39.1 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 37.3 inches
  • Height - 58.7 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 41.9 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 38.6 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 5
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 5.6 inches
  • Overall Length - 175.0 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 55.0 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 52.9 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 5 passenger
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 14.4 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 34.1 feet
  • Wheel Base - 106.3 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 67.9 inches
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2008 Toyota Prius Safety

Driver Front
4 
Passenger Front
4 
Front Side
5 
Rear Side
4 
Rollover Rating
4 
Provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
2008 Toyota Prius Safety Technology
  • Child Door Locks
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Front Head Curtain Airbag
  • Front Side Airbag
  • Rear Head Curtain Airbag
  • Rear View Camera

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2008 Toyota Prius Rankings

Horsepower
76 HP
MPG Combined
46 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.7 Rating
Rank
Vehicle
HP
#18
2008 Toyota Prius
76 HP

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