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Selected Style 5-Door HB Base (SE)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door HB 48 45 $21,064 $22,875
5-Door HB Touring 48 45 $21,816 $23,770
5-Door HB Base 48 45 $20,210 $21,500
4-Door Sedan GL Manual
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GL 24 31 $15,228 $16,700
4-Door Sedan Automatic GL 22 29 $16,092 $17,575
4-Door Sedan TDI Manual GL 42 49 $16,764 $17,995
4-Door Sedan TDI Automatic GL 34 45 $17,913 $19,180
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 24 31 $16,087 $17,650
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 22 29 $16,951 $18,525
4-Door Sedan Turbo Manual GLS 25 31 $17,486 $19,200
4-Door Sedan Turbo Automatic GLS 23 29 $18,350 $20,075
4-Door Sedan GLS Wolfsburg 25 31 $17,713 $19,450
4-Door Sedan TDI Manual GLS 42 49 $17,414 $18,700
4-Door Sedan TDI Automatic GLS 34 45 $18,565 $19,885
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual GLS 19 28 $18,164 $19,950
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLS 19 26 $19,028 $20,825
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual GLX 19 28 $22,094 $24,300
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLX 19 26 $22,958 $25,175
4-Door Wagon Manual GLS 24 31 $16,944 $18,600
4-Door Wagon Automatic GLS 22 29 $17,808 $19,475
4-Door Wagon V6 Manual GLS 19 28 $19,022 $20,900
4-Door Wagon V6 Automatic GLS 19 26 $19,886 $21,775
4-Door Wagon V6 Manual GLX 19 28 $23,087 $25,400
4-Door Wagon V6 Automatic GLX 19 26 $23,951 $26,275
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,210
$15,228
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,500
$16,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$358 / month
$278 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2008 Toyota Prius isn’t that entertaining a car to drive, but it delivers exceptional fuel economy and a roomy interior.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 48 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 45 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 51.0 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 38.6 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 39.1 38.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 96.2 88
Second Hip Room (in) 51.6 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.0 53.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.3 37.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.9 52.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.9 41.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 58.3 58.8
Wheelbase (in) 106.3 98.9
Liftover Height (in) 26.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 67.9 68.3
Track Width, Front (in) 59.3 - TBD -
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.6 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 175.0 172.3
Height, Overall (in) 58.7 56.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - TBD - -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 14.4 -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 13.0
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 7.9 x 1.2 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.0 x 0.9 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel Four-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA 9.1 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Regenerative Pwr-Assisted
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 11.9 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 4.0 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.4 - 18.3 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.1 35.8
Steering Type Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P185/65R15 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P185/65R15 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size T125/70D16 P195/65HR15
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2932 2853
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 8.2 5.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 6.5 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 272 90
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 82 @ 4200/295 @ 0 - 1200 122 @ 2600
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 1.5L/91 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 76 @ 5000/67 @ 1200 - 1540 115 @ 5200
Engine Type Gas/Electric I4 Gas I4
Fuel System EFI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 45 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 48 24
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.36
Trans Type 1 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again Automatic NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.06
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA 2.12
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.93 4.24
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.03
Trans Description Cont. CVT Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) NA 3.78
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Toyota Prius Volkswagen Jetta
Body Style 5 Door Liftback 4 Door Sedan GL
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 25 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Stabilizer bar MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 30.2 - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.79 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Stabilizer bar Torsion-Beam
 
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