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If getting the most mileage out of each tank of gas is high on your list, the 2010 Prius is a stellar choice. With EPA-estimated city/highway fuel economy ratings of 51/48 mpg, your fill-ups will be few and far between no matter the road you take.


Fully loaded, the Prius may not be what you consider a bargain at $32,500, even with potential future fuel-pump savings in mind. Those who are leaning towards a hybrid but want to save more upfront may be interested in the somewhat similar-looking (but smaller) Honda Insight, which starts in the $20,000-range and maxes out just under $24,000.

What's New For 2010

For 2010, the Toyota Prius enters its third generation, with a thorough revamping that includes new styling inside and out, a larger, more powerful engine and, as expected, even better fuel economy.

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Used 2010 Toyota Prius Expert Review

The Latin word prius means "to go before." Used as a vehicle name, it certainly fits the world's first mass-produced and best-selling hybrid, with well over a million sold to date. The Toyota Prius, now in its third generation for 2010, has gone from being the quirky vehicle of choice for those wanting to live a greener lifestyle to a mainstream and fuel-thrifty mode of transportation appealing to families and empty-nesters alike. And, along the way, it has inspired other car companies to increase their efforts in the hybrid market. However, when it comes to covering the most ground using the least amount of fuel, the Prius handily takes the cake from its competitors with its EPA-estimated 51/48 city/highway mpg ratings.

Driving the Used 2010 Toyota Prius

Like all hybrids, driving the 2010 Toyota Prius is a remarkably quiet experience. The transition between gasoline engine and electric motor (most commonly felt while idling at a light), is even smoother in this generation, making it almost imperceptible. The new "EV," "Eco" and "Power" buttons are welcome additions, allowing the driver to exercise a little more control over the vehicle's fuel consumption and throttle response. While pressing "EV" operates the car in ultra-quiet electric-only mode (battery power, speed and distance permitting), choosing "Eco" modifies the throttle response so that no matter how lead-footed or determined a driver may be, the vehicle won't rapidly accelerate. This mode also affects the air conditioning operation and shuts it off when the vehicle is left idling. On the flip side, the "Power" button, when pushed, increases throttle response, allowing for more lively acceleration akin to a regular gas-powered four-cylinder vehicle. We can say that after considerable time driving in all three modes – on a healthy mix of both road and highway – our fuel economy numbers easily trumped those of the EPA without much effort.

Favorite Features

Solar Roof Package
Opting for the Solar Roof Package nets you a power moonroof that self-ventilates (thanks to solar cells mounted on top) to help keep the car at a constant temperature. And, just to be sure the interior is at a comfortable temperature upon entering, using the A/C button on the key fob allows managing the interior temperature for up to three minutes from afar, provided the vehicle's battery is well charged.

Power Button
Although the Prius is a lean, green, gas-saving machine, sometimes a little more power is warranted. For those situations, putting the car into "Power" mode gives you some extra oomph to get where you need to go.

Used 2010 Toyota Prius Interior

The interior of the Prius has been significantly updated for its third generation, and is best appreciated in the lighter interior color choices, which create more of a two-tone effect. The new contoured dash is the most notable of these changes, imprinted with a "swirl" pattern of sorts and housing a vehicle information cluster that shows a variety of fuel-usage related displays accessible through Touch Tracer Display "wheels" on the steering wheel. These touch-sensitive button wheels control the radio volume, station, information display and air conditioning temperature and, to help drivers keep their eyes on the road by not having to look down when making a selection, the information is repeated in the vehicle information cluster. In a nod to using more ecologically sound materials in the cabin, plant-derived (and recyclable) resin plastics are used in various forms, most notably the driver's-side seat cushion and door scuffs.

Used 2010 Toyota Prius Exterior

The now-familiar aerodynamic profile first introduced on the second-generation Prius returns for 2010, but changes have been made to further enhance its energy-saving design. Visually, these modifications include new energy-efficient LED taillights and sharper, more squared-off edges that improve the vehicle's coefficient of drag. And, in order to allow for more rear headroom, the apex of the roof has been moved back, giving the hybrid a windswept look from the side. As in the previous generation, the base Prius rides on 15-inch wheels, while buyers wanting a sportier-looking hybrid can opt for the Prius V and its 17-inchers.

Used 2010 Toyota Prius Standard Features

The base 2010 Toyota Prius II comes equipped with a wide variety of standard features, including a tilt/telescopic steering wheel with A/C controls and Touch Tracer Display, height-adjustable driver's seat, auto up/down on all windows, push-button start, two 12-volt power outlets, a tonneau cover and auxiliary input jack. Moving up to the Prius III adds an upgraded JBL AM/FM/CD changer with satellite radio, Bluetooth and eight speakers, while the Prius IV trim is enhanced with a leather interior, heated front seats with driver's lumbar support and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The top-of-the-line Prius V adds 17-inch alloy wheels and energy-saving LED headlamps and foglamps.

Used 2010 Toyota Prius Options

Techno-savvy Prius shoppers will likely be interested in the optional power moonroof with solar-powered ventilation and remote A/C operation to help keep the vehicle cool. A number of advanced safety systems are also available for the top-of-the-line Prius V, including Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, the Pre-Collision System, Lane Keep Assist and Intelligent Parking Assist, all offered in the Advanced Technology Package - which includes the Navigation Package.

Used 2010 Toyota Prius Engine

The 2010 Toyota Prius is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine matched with an electronically-controlled continuously-variable transmission. It is rated at 98 horsepower, and is a step up from the previous generation's, which was a 1.5-liter powerplant that offered only 76 horsepower. The total hybrid system horsepower (gasoline engine and electric motor combined) for 2009 was only 110, but for 2010 it's up to 134. The 2010 Prius' fuel economy ratings of 51 city/48 highway eclipse those of the previous generation, and individuals wishing to max out their mileage can make use of the vehicle's "Eco" button, which modulates throttle responses and air conditioning operation to improve fuel efficiency. On the other end of the spectrum is the "Power" button, which increases throttle response to allow for faster acceleration, a boon to anyone trying to get up to freeway speed quickly.

1.8-liter in-line 4 with 60-kilowatt Permanent Magnetic Synchronous Electric Motor Atkinson Cycle Hybrid
98 horsepower @ 5200 rpm (gasoline engine); 80 horsepower (electric motor); 134 hp net total hybrid system
105 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm (gasoline engine); 153 ft.-lb. of torque (electric motor)
EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy: 51/48

How Much Does the Used 2010 Toyota Prius Cost?

The base 2010 Toyota Prius II has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of a little under $23,000 – which is in line with the last generation's base-model price in 2009. Each trim adds slightly to that price, with the Prius V ringing in at just over $28,000. Adding the Advanced Technology and Navigation packages will up the total to nearly $32,500. To find out what the Prius is being sold for in your area, be sure to peruse our Fair Purchase Prices to see what others have paid. The compact Honda Insight ranges from $20,500-$24,000, while the midsize Fusion Hybrid goes for nearly $28,000-$32,000 and Toyota's own Camry Hybrid stickers in from $27,000 to $32,500. The Prius has historically retained an above-average resale value regardless of fluctuating gas prices, and we expect this new model year to be no exception.

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Used 2010 Toyota Prius Consumer Reviews


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Flower child
2011 Toyota Prius

"Great reliable vehichle"

Low maintenance Reliable
Head gasket went at around 150,000 miles
Great car
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2013 Toyota Prius

"Love this car forever"

Fun to drive.
F-150 trucks hate me
This caris black cherry pearls,black leather seats. I like happy color cars hybrids. Maybe looking for a Subaru. Don’t want payments.
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2012 Toyota Prius

"Most economic car imaginable"

fuel milage maintenance (lack of)
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Never had a car this dependable. Used to drive Mercedes and Saabs. I have paid less in 90K servicing this car than I did in one year of owning a Mercedes under warranty. Seats could be a tad more comfortable. Once you learn how to drive this car it keeps up nicely in traffic. If driven conservatively on the highway you can get in the 50's. Worst ever was mid 30's MPG in city driving. Same set of brakes at 92K even with 50% city driving.
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2010 Toyota Prius Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.


  • Push-Button Engine Start


  • Auxiliary Input Jack


  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Cloth Seats

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Automatic Air Conditioning

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 51 mpg
  • EPA Class - Midsize Cars
  • EPA Hwy - 48 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 50 mpg


  • Horsepower - 98 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 5200 rpm
  • Stroke - 3.48 inches
  • Torque - 105 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 4000 rpm
  • 0 to 60 - 9.8 seconds
  • Top Speed - 112 mph
  • Horsepower-Combined - 134 hp


  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Power Outlet
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel


  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Limited Use Spare
  • Number of Doors - 4 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Spare Tire Type - Limited Use
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P195/65R15
  • Wheel Type - Aluminum Alloy
  • Rear Spoiler


  • 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
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - 25000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 2 years
  • Hybrid/Electric Components Miles - 100000 miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components Years - 8 years
  • Scheduled Maintenance Miles - 25000 miles
  • Scheduled Maintenance Years - 2 years


  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Disc
  • Braking System - Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - FWD
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Engine Type - Hybrid
  • Power Steering
  • Transmission Type - Automatic
  • Cylinders - 4 cylinders
  • Displacement - 1.8 liter
  • Bore - 3.17 inches
  • Compression Ratio - 13.0
  • Fuel Induction - Multi Fuel Injection
  • Total no. valves - 16 valves
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Configuration - Inline
  • CID - 110 cubic inches
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • Transmission Sub-Type - CVT
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 3042 pounds
  • EPA Passenger - 93.7 cubic feet
  • Fuel Capacity - 11.9 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 38.3 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 37.6 inches
  • Height - 58.7 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 42.5 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 36.0 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 5
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 5.5 inches
  • Overall Length - 175.6 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 56.1 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 53.1 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 5 passenger
  • Towing Capacity, Maximum - Not Recommended
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 21.6 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 17.1 feet
  • Wheel Base - 106.3 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 68.7 inches
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2010 Toyota Prius Safety

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2010 Toyota Prius Safety Technology
  • Child Door Locks
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Front Head Curtain Airbag
  • Front Side Airbag
  • Rear Head Curtain Airbag


2010 Toyota Prius Rankings

98 HP
MPG Combined
50 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.7 Rating
2010 Toyota Prius
98 HP

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