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2005 Toyota Prius User Reviews

2005 Toyota Prius Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 28 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" 16 reviews
"ride" 10 reviews
"space" 9 reviews
"comfortable car" 6 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
CONS
"power" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"audio" 2 reviews
"expressway" 2 reviews
"traction" 2 reviews

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bevg writes:
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5

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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).

bevg
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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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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.

MGRabon
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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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5

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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.

LAZYCSUE
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Great Economical Value! —

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Bob writes:
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5

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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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paul19067 writes:
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5

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I love everything about my Prius, I've owned this amazing automobile for 3-years.

Cons

I can't say anything negative about it, it's a Toyota enough said.

paul19067
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Amazing Dependable Fuel Saving Transportation — This is my first hybrid car purchase. For a combo electric hybrid battery is very peppy & have no problems merging into traffic. Automatic climate controls never have to fiddle around with the heat & A/C just set it and forget it. This car has just over 180k but is still going strong, lots of power and is getting an average of 50-MPG. This is a Generation (2) Prius with a package IV has the standard features plus more, such as HID lights, Navigation System blue tooth phone auto dim rear view mirror heated side view mirror's home link for garage door opener. The only thing missing on the 2005 package IV is rear back up camera, and TPMS tire pressure monitor system. Car has lot's of room for the kid's Has LATCH system for the baby car seat. Rear hatch has amazing space. I once carried a New Hot Water Heater in it's box in my Prius Has easy Fold down rear seats. All I can say to sum it all up is that it's truly an AMAZING CAR. In fact my roommate just bought a Prius & my best friend Just bought his 2011 Prius.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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rcdelight writes:
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really nice

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none

rcdelight
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Super — Runs and drives great, very reliable and convenient, gas saver, 45-50 mpg, fun to drive and specious, nice options like navigation, cd player, push button start , keyless entry, looks stylish, its worth the money and i recomend to others!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Fuel Economy;Comfort; and reliability.

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Cargo space is small

fwlzone
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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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patjcullen writes:
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4

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Great Gas Mileage
Very reliable, normal maintenance only
Great cargo capacity for a small car

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Noisy, Road noise, Fan noise when climate control uses medium or high fan
Mediocre Audio, no satellite radio or iPod dock on this year

patjcullen
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Great Economical Commute Car. — On the whole this has been a great little car. I have driven across the country twice and taken 8+ hour road trips with no problems. I live in the southwest but have driven in all conditions. Driving thru a blizzard in North Carolina was pretty scary due to lack of visibility and no snow tires but that is not normal driving conditions for me. My major complaint is noise in the cabin as my previous car was a Lexus SUV that no doubt spoiled me for any vehicle that is less quiet.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2011 Toyota Prius Reviews

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2010 Toyota Prius Reviews

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

Great Car By Clare

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2009 Toyota Prius Reviews

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