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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
Comes well-equipped, with options only offered in packages
Can be loaded with such high-tech features as a rearview monitor and DVD navigation
Kelley Blue Book
Features like cruise control and minor accessories have been deleted from the base trim level to lower the cost
TheCarConnection.com has found that with the 2008 Toyota Prius, Toyota offers many standard features and an options list that can take it from a base sedan all the way up to the lower levels of a luxury car.
When it comes to standard features, the 2008 Toyota Prius doesn't disappoint. Kelley Blue Book writes that "every Prius features...illuminated remote keyless entry, AM/FM stereo with CD," and a "tilt-wheel with touch controls." Moving up from the Standard to the Base models of the Toyota Prius, Edmunds finds that this Toyota 2008 "adds cruise control, different wheels and heated sideview mirrors," while the top-of-the-line Touring edition brings standard "16-inch wheels and Xenon headlights." However, Cars.com notes that some standard features "like cruise control and minor accessories have been deleted from the base trim level to lower the cost." While these features have been eliminated as standard fare, they have not been removed entirely from the Toyota Prius, so if buyers still want cruise control, they can add it as an option.
ForbesAutos writes that the 2008 Toyota Prius "comes well-equipped, with options only offered in packages." Edmunds feels that those optional features packages, of which there are five, are "capable of transforming this hybrid from an economy car to a near-luxury sedan." Edmunds adds that some of the more noteworthy optional features on Toyota's 2008 Prius include "a nine-speaker JBL premium sound system with an in-dash six-CD changer" and "leather upholstery and steering wheel" that replaces the standard cloth treatment on the seats. ConsumerGuide also notes that a "navigation system" and "antiskid system" are available as options on the Toyota Prius Touring edition.
The 2008 Toyota Prius is a true market leader when it comes to features, especially with such touches as the optional premium sound system and touch-screen navigation system.