2008 Toyota Prius Base Hybrid

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Pros: mileage, maintenance, and space

Cons: a little bumpy ride

I purchased this car for commuting in Southern California about 18 months ago.   As advertised, it has been a very reliable car.  It averages about 47.5 mpg in a mix of city and freeway driving. 

 

My wife and I both agree that it was a very good purchase, and not just because of the mpg either.  It's fun to drive and has ample space in the back -- more than a Camry, for example. 

 

Prices for the used ' 08 model are very reasonable now.  You could get one for the same price as a new Honda Fit, but you'll be safer in the Prius and you'll pay a lot less for gas.  The Fit gets about 34 mpg... 

 

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Pros: fun to drive, great mileage

Cons: no tax credit

Just passed my first anniversary with my Prius. I'm still in love with it.  Gas mileage is fantastic (I average about 43 miles to the gallon), it's fun to drive, and Toyota has been a pleasure to work with.  The buying experience, with a trade in, was less than two hours from the time I drove on the lot with my Tribute and drove off with my Prius.  As well, service has been a breeze, especially with the Toyota coupons that cover everything from oil changes to new windshield wipers.  The only disappointment was that the Prius no longer qualifies for the tax credit.  It appears that they have sold past their quota (which is probably a good thing overall). 

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Pros: Fuel Economy, Comfort, Style

Cons: Acceleration

A wonderful car for anyone looking to improve their fuel efficiency.

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Pros: A tank goes a long way

Cons: odd design choices

I don' t actually own this Prius myself, but I drive my girlfriend's very regularly. While the acceleration leaves a bit to be desired, it's not bad, and that's not the point of the car. I certainly never feel like I'm in danger trying to merge on the freeway or anything.

When we've gone on longer trips, I'm always thrilled with the mileage. A tank lasts us forever. The odd design choices I refer to in the "Cons" are the weird bar across the back windshield, and also the shifting/parking process. I don't like that when you shift, it springs back to the central location, then if you want to park, it's push-button. What's wrong with the tried and true shift lever method?

Other than minor nits like that, I really do enjoy driving it. The eerie silence at stop lights is a cool reminder that you've stopped burning gas for a time, and it's also fun to watch the meter that shows energy being recouped to the battery during braking.

2008 Toyota Prius Base Hybrid
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Description:

The 2008 Toyota Prius adds a new lower-priced Standard model but is otherwise unchanged. This gas/electric hybrid car is a five-passenger, 4-door hatchback that teams a 4-cylinder engine with a battery-powered electric motor for 110 hp. Toyota's hybrid system automatically runs on one or both of its power sources to balance acceleration and fuel economy. No plug-in charging is required. Prius has a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). In addition to the Standard, Base and sport-themed Touring trim levels are offered. Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. Tourings have a sport suspension, fog lights, and alloy wheels. Standards cost about $1400 less than the Base and are unavailable with features such as cruise control and heated power mirrors.

Details:
DetailValue
Engine1.5L I4, 16 valve, 110 hp @ 5000 rpm, Hybrid - Electric
Additional Features
Fuel Economy Hwy (MPG)48
Fuel TypeHybrid Electric
Fuel Economy City (MPG)45
Body Type
Release Date
Release Status
Top Speed
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Option Packages:

Package #2:   
  • Economic Savings Bonus.
 
  • Radio: AM/FM CD/MP3
 
  • Includes 6 speakers.
 
  • Smart Key System
 
  • Rear Camera
 
  • Vehicle Stability Control
 
 
Package #3:    
  • Economic Savings Bonus.
 
  • Radio: JBL AM/FM/CD Changer/MP3
 
  • Includes 9 speakers and Bluetooth audio.
 
  • HomeLink
 
  • Includes garage door opener.
 
  • Smart Key System
 
  • Rear Camera
 
  • Security Alarm
 
  • Vehicle Stability Control
 
 
Package #4:    
  • Economic Savings Bonus.
 
  • Package #3
 
  • Economic Savings Bonus.
 
  • Radio: JBL AM/FM/CD Changer/MP3
 
  • Includes 9 speakers and Bluetooth audio.
 
  • HomeLink
 
  • Includes garage door opener.
 
  • Smart Key System
 
  • Rear Camera
 
  • Security Alarm
 
  • Vehicle Stability Control
 
  • 2 HID Headlamps
 
  • Front Fog & Driving Lamps
 
 
Package #5:    
  • Economic Savings Bonus.
 
  • Package #4
 
  • Economic Savings Bonus.
 
  • 2 HID Headlamps
 
  • Front Fog & Driving Lamps
 
  • EMV Navigation System
 
 
Package #6:    
  • Economic Savings Bonus.
 
  • Natural Leather Seat Trim
 
  • Package #5
 
  • Economic Savings Bonus.
 
  • EMV Navigation System
 
  • 4-Spoke Leather Steering Wheel