2004 Toyota Prius Review

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Most cars go through their lives as transportation capsules. They’re painted boring colors like Dull Silver, Bright Gray, Silver Gray, Dull Gray, Bright Silver, or Tempe Taupe, sink into the sprawl quickly, say virtually nothing about the people who drive them and no one sheds a tear when they’re ultimately shredded and melted down.

Then there are cars that people buy to express themselves. You don’t buy a Hummer H2 because you want to blend it. A Rolls-Royce definitely says something about the person who drives it (mostly that they’re rich). And if you have a Ferrari, you likely have an ego to go along with it. It’s the same way with the Toyota Prius hybrid — you don’t buy one if you don’t want the world to know something about you. It’s just something completely different than what a Hummer, Rolls, or Ferrari says.

The second-generation Prius dumps the four-door body of the first generation car for a sleeker, pollywog-like, five-door design that further separates the car from mere economy cars and should make it even more fashionable among the environmentally conscious celebrity community. And the new, more powerful drivetrain ought to make it easier for those celebrities to stay ahead of the three Suburbans full of security and assorted entourage that follows them everywhere they go.

Exotic inside and out

Toyota calls its new third-generation gas/electric hybrid powertrain system “Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive” because… well… because it’s Toyota’s new gas/electric hybrid powertrain system.

2004 Toyota Prius

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The heart of the new system is a 50-kilowatt electric motor that’s about half-again as powerful as the previous Prius’ electric motor; the system allows this motor to run longer in electric-only mode than before. It maxes out at 67 horsepower between 1200 and 1540 rpm and the 1.5-liter DOHC gas-fueled four with which it’s partnered now includes Toyota’s VVT-i variable valve-timing system and peaks at 76 horsepower, up six ponies from before. An electronically controlled continuously variable transmission smoothes out the gasoline engine’s torque delivery so that it’s nearly as velvety as the electric motor’s. To scavenge as much power as possible, the Prius uses regenerative braking to further recharge its nickel-hydride battery.
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November 24, 2015
For 2004 Toyota Prius

Proven reliable over the years. I have no regrets!

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With nearly 100,000 miles on the vehicle, it still runs great and still gets a consistent 44 mpg combined in the real world. I've never felt it lacked power and the bonus is, you can carry a lot in the back.
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July 13, 2015
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Extremely reliable and super economy

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With 108,000 miles, no hybrid or engine related issues and a few standard brake-shock issues. I work the hybrid system pretty hard to get a lifetime average of 52 mpg, and the main batteries show no sign of... + More »
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April 28, 2015
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Great car wonderful fuel milage.

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Wonderful car. Fun to drive. Great mpg. Very reliable.
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April 21, 2015
For 2004 Toyota Prius

Size , comfort and economy in one place !

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Considering the kind of miles I put on, this car has been very good to me. Biggest mark against was a hybrid drive replacement at 148K miles. Only other challenges were water pumps, one campaign for the hybrid... + More »
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February 23, 2017
2017 Toyota Prius Four (GS)

Wow, this is the best car you can buy today.

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It's not that I am inexperienced in terms of cars. I had Mercedes cars for more than 20 years. And an Audi. And several Volkswagen. And yes, I have a Porsche in my Garage. It's new (well, sort of). My Prius is... + More »
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December 23, 2016
2017 Toyota Prius Two (GS)

very reliable car, excellent mileage

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Toyota has chosen to omit a number of features I was used to on my previous Prius' such a rear window washer, rear light bar, sturdy hatch cover, instead of flimsy one. 2016 model had more eye pleasing design... + More »
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April 3, 2017
2016 Toyota Prius 5-Door HB Four Touring (Natl)

Love my Prius!

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I've actually wanted a Prius for a LONG TIME and now I'm glad I have one! I love getting almost 50mpg and hardly ever having to go to the gas station! My old SUV was fun but I was lucky if it got 17mpg! I love... + More »
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December 23, 2016
2016 Toyota Prius 5-Door HB Three (SE)

Good car great milage

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Just a few things I do not like: Horn is almost worthless, spokes on steering wheel.
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April 6, 2016
2016 Toyota Prius 5-Door HB Three (GS)

What I expected and way more!

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I've been driving a Prius since I bought my 2006 in December 2005. When it was finally time to think about a new car, my mind immediately went to the 2016 Prius. I was blown away by the new styling and... + More »
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February 17, 2016
2016 Toyota Prius 5-Door HB Four (Natl)

moving up in technology and style

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Lots of fun has been poked about the new 2016 Prius. The new Prius is different, but being different does not mean that it's a bad design. Toyota designed the Prius for the next five years. Doing so they... + More »
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