2005 Toyota Prius User Reviews

2005 Toyota Prius Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 31 reviews

  • Performance:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Appearance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 19 reviews
"ride" 10 reviews
"space" 9 reviews
"comfortable car" 6 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"traction" 2 reviews
"audio" 2 reviews
"small space" 2 reviews

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5

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Fuel Economy;Comfort; and reliability.

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Cargo space is small

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Itis A Treat To Drive. — It is a treat to drive. Acceleration can be a problem but if you don;t mind rushing no problem. Each time you go to the pump you smile and put money back into your pocket. Save the big car for the weekend and enjoy the faamily frendly car doing the week.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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bevg writes:
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I have 204,000 miles on this car, and I have just had my first mechanical problem - which is covered by a recent bulletin from Toyota so I am not being charged for the repair and have been given a free rental while they wait for the part.  Incredible reliability.  I am not a great car owner, but I change the oil - that's it.  I average 700-800 miles a week of about half highway, half city driving; I consistently get 48 mpg unless it is very cold out.

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It doesn't bother me, but my 17 year old complains that the car has slow acceleration. The car has very low clearance, so it scrapes going over small speed bumps and would probably center out quickly if we got much snow. Mileage drops considerably in cold weather as battery is less efficient at low temperatures, but I am averaging 38 mpg when the temperature is in the teens (F).

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Another Amazed Prius Owner. — Incredible reliability, fantastic mileage, great room even in the back seat for such a small car. My husband can put his bike (standard commuter bike) in the back without removing the wheels; he couldn't fit it in the Camry without taking both wheels off.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Value4u writes:
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Spacious, quite ride, comfortable, climate and audio controls built in steering column, 6 CD changer and Bose sound system, compact to park on city streets, and many more

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It makes you forget gas prices and the last time you filled up.

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Economical Comfortable Reliable Ride — Car well maintained. Clean, odor free interior, loaded with options such as Navigation, 6 CD changer, HID lamps, Keyless engine start and entry, central door locks, power windows, cold AC, All the controls you need are built in steering column. Back seat room is greater than many larger sedans.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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MGRabon writes:
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Fuel economy, high technology, safety, reliability, and style.

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Over agressive traction control makes driving on ice difficult. Factory ban on snow chains.

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Why Can't All Cars Be Like This? — 90k miles and the only thing it has needed is 2 sets of tires, and oil/filter changes. So far it is the most reliable car I've ever owned, or even heard of. Will be driving this 'till the tires fall off...should I be able to live as long as my Prius.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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LAZYCSUE writes:
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A surprisingly roomy and comfortable ride. Hatchback makes lots of room for luggage, etc. Gas economy is unmatched.

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Built pretty close to the ground, so a little difficult to get in and out of.

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Great Economical Value! —

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Bob writes:
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MPG, ROOM, Cool

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Really only a 4 seater - but that's OK

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Judy's White Wonder — What can I say - This car is GREAT. Judy had been reduced to driving my Jetta after the reliability of the MB became an issue. She returned home from work on a Friday one day in August of 2005 and had just filled the tank after driving 30+ miles in heavy freeway traffic with the 5 spd manual tranny Jetta and declared that she wanted to get a new car. (FINALLY - I had been trying to get her to get a new car for at least a year.) The next day we bought the Prius and haven't looked back. There are many cool things about this car - but the one that sold Judy was the Smart Key. Finally she would no longer have to fumble for her keys in the purse. You just have the key on your person as you approach the car and the doors unlock. You get in the car, put your foot on the brake, push the Start button, and you are ready to go. How Cool is that? I wish they made a SmartKey for all cars and the house! The car gets 45MPG without really trying. On longer trips, it is not easy to achieve 50 to 55. Mileage is inversely proportional speed. So if you drive 75 or 80 - you are NOT going to get 50mpg. As far as performance goes, it is much better than I thought. That little electric motor does help the gas engine to get you moving. I was out in the desert one time and wondered if there was a third digit on its digial speedometer. I pushed the pedal to the metal on a good stretch of I40 east of Barstow. I was gaining on a truck in the right lane when he pulled out to pass a slower truck. I had to lift off. As I did I glanced down at the speedo and it was showing 107MPH. I thought it was still accelerating, but not sure. Anyway, it runs fast enough to get you in trouble. We had the Carpool stickers for the car but they expired in July, 2011, so I removed them. Having those stickers did save some time in rush hour.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Read — Its amazing on gas mileage and with the prices skyrocketing like it is its going to become very efficient and popular, as ugly as it is.

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Bob writes:
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MPG, ROOM, Cool

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Really only a 4 seater - but that's OK

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Judy's White Wonder — What can I say - This car is GREAT. Judy had been reduced to driving my Jetta after the reliability of the MB became an issue. She returned home from work on a Friday one day in August of 2005 and had just filled the tank after driving 30+ miles in heavy freeway traffic with the 5 spd Jetta and declared that she wanted to get a new car. (FINALLY - I had been trying to get her to get a new car for at least a year.) The next day we bought the Prius and haven't looked back. There are many cool things about this car - but the one that sold Judy was the Smart Key. Finally she would no longer have to fumble for her keys in the purse. You just have the key on your person as you approach the car and the doors unlock. You get in the car, put you foot on the brake, hit the Start button, and you are ready to go. How Cool is that? I wish the made a SmartKey for all cars and the house! The car gets 45MPG without really trying. On longer trips, it is not easy to achieve 50 to 55. Mileage is inversely proportional speed. So if you drive 75 or 80 - you are NOT going to get 50mpg. As far as performance goes, it is much better than I thought. That little electric motor does help the gas engine to get you moving. I was out in the desert one time and wondered if there was a three digits on its digial speedometer. I pushed the petal to the metal on a good stretch of I40 east of Barstow. I was gaining on a truck in the right lane when he pulled out to pass a slower truck. I had to lift off. As I did I glanced down at the speedo and it was showing 107MPH. I thought it was still accelerating, but not sure. Anyway, it runs fast enough to get you in trouble.

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bronoco writes:
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5

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Gas sipper

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Kinda ugly

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Gas Sipper, Armadillo-looking — I always thought the prius looked like an armadillo - not the most attractive animal. Some cars take styling ques from other animals like the shark, or jaguar, but this one gets the dorky animal of the year award. At least they didn't use the platypus as inspiration for this car's body style. It gets great mpg, but you know that.

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bronoco writes:
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Gas sipper

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Kinda ugly

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Beauty And The Beast — When this car first came out, everyone thought it looked ugly, but when the economy turned south in 2008, people started really looking at them more carefully, and behold, in 2014, it is kind of a status symbol now to own a prius. what a turn of events. i bought it from my company when we sold off all the fleet vehicles. i got it for a song, i tell ya. anywhere from 38 to 60 mpg is my driving spectrum. like it or not, it is true. i can get 60 mpg on a highway trip, coming from the upstate of SC to the midlands.

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2014 Toyota Prius Reviews

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2013 Toyota Prius Reviews

Great Car By dgirman

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2012 Toyota Prius Reviews

Ghassan1 By Ghassan

Toyota Prius is an economy car, the engine is strong and you rely on it, the screen tells you every thing, so you know what is the problem prior going to mechanic, it is very friendly and very good fo... Read More

Great Little Car. By karleric

Car has every feature that a Mercedes has but uses regular fuel and gets 45 to 50 miles per gallon. I especially like the navigation system, backup camera and HUD display. Great commuter car and fun t... Read More

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2011 Toyota Prius Reviews

Great, Reliable Transportation, Low Maintenance By schultzjc

Iconic style of this vehicle is hard to dislike. If you like not spending alot on gas, this is the way to do it. Very economical - the more you drive, the more you will like this car. Excellent com... Read More

Reliable And Economic. By gramon55

This is a great car for a small family and starting up professionals. It reads as a car for a conscientious person. Driving a Prius shows you are responsible. On the negative side, I got 4 speeding ti... Read More

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2010 Toyota Prius Reviews

Prius By LRHDRL

This is a great car to own if you do a lot of commute. Switch to Prius because I was driving my friend's car for a while. Found out the savings I get from the gas. Maintenance cost is affordable, as y... Read More

Love It By queeanee

Actually nothing negative except it doesn't have my wants and needs for right now. I prefer a sunroof and navigation, but without those two items, it is a great car. The last snow storm, we had to d... Read More

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