2004 Toyota Prius

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Pros: very low fuel consumption, extremely quiet, great safety features, handles well even in slippery conditions

Cons: short on headspace for people over 6 feet tall, expensive price tag

The price tag was on the high side, but this is a well designed car that I have been happy with from the moment I drove it off the lot. (I could not test drive it because the dealer had to order it for me - this took about five months due to high demand). I purchased the optional Package B - included smart key entry system, an upgraded stereo system (more speakers), side curtain airbags and vehicle stability control. It is virtually impossible to lose traction with this car - even in snowy conditions. The safety features give me peace of mind, and the sound quality from the stereo is great. It was well worth the price for the upgrade.
I have heard the argument that with the Prius you pay the price up front for the fuel savings. It seems that fuel prices have been going up non-stop, so at this point I believe I am way ahead. I have not worked out my fuel consumption exactly, but it is consistently about 40 mpg (5 L/100km) I love the fact that the touch screen display shows fuel consumption continuously - helps keep my driving efficient. The car is so quiet that you can literally sneak up behind people walking in a parking lot (without actually trying), or stand next to the car, and not realize that it is running. The seats are extremely comfortable, and I find the display to be very easy to read, although it took a bit of getting used to. Some people have commented that the 'gear shift' is rather odd, but it did not take long to get used to it. I cannot say enough good things about the smart key entry system. Not having to fumble for a car key is a huge plus - especially when my hands are full with groceries and/or children!
Maintenance is not unlike maintenance on a traditional car - it has not been any more expensive to get routine maintenance done. The battery is covered by a very good warranty, and I have had absolutely no problems with the car at all.
Overall, I highly recommend this car.

2004 Toyota Prius
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- 1,497 cc 1.5 liters in-line 4 front engine with 75 mm bore, 84.7 mm stroke, 13 compression ratio, double overhead cam, variable valve timing/camshaft and four valves per cylinder 1NZ-FXE - Unleaded fuel with additional electric 87 - Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 51 and EPA city (mpg): 59 - Multi-point injection fuel system - 11.9 gallon main unleaded fuel tank - Power: 57 kW , 76 HP SAE @ 5,000 rpm; 82 ft lb , 111 Nm @ 4,200 rpm - Secondary power: maximum power (kw): 50, maximum power (hp): 67, maximum torque (ft lb): 295 and maximum torque (nm): 400

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Engine1,497 cc 1.5 liters in-line 4 front engine with 75 mm bore, 84.7 mm stroke, 13 compression ratio, double overhead cam, variable valve timing/camshaft and four valves per cylinder 1NZ-FXE
Additional Features
Fuel Economy Hwy (MPG)51
Fuel Typehybrid-electric (unleaded gas)
Fuel Economy City (MPG)59
Body TypeHatchback
Top Speed
Release Date2004
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