2008 Toyota Prius User Reviews

2008 Toyota Prius Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 43 reviews

  • Performance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Appearance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Overall: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 34 reviews
"ride" 13 reviews
"comfortable car" 8 reviews
"power" 7 reviews
"handling" 6 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"light" 3 reviews
"noise" 3 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"tires" 2 reviews

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robwma writes:
2008 Toyota Prius Base Review
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5

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Great gas mileage, very easy car to drive.  The acceleration is surprisingly fast given this is a hybrid, there are no issues getting onto highway on ramps.

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Road noise may be more noticeable than other sedans but not significant enough to be bothersome.  

robwma
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Great Economical Commuter Car — When I first got my Prius I was coming off of a Saab. The first thing I noticed is the car is light so if you are driving in a heavy cross wind you feel it a bit more. The acceleration speed is very good given its a hybrid. I have no issues getting onto highways. The ride is not as comfortable as other sedan (like my Saab was, I loved that car) but given its incredibly great gas consumption it more than makes up for it. Its a great commuter car or car for the new driver - very easy to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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rcky_mntner writes:
2008 Toyota Prius Liftback Review
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4

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Great fuel efficiency, Incredibly reliable: oil change, tire rotations, air filter cleaning...that's it.

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HID Headlight issue....known defect, been corrected. Wind noise a bit on the high end.

rcky_mntner
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Fine Commuting Commuting Car — Overall great car for daily commuting. I drove 132 mile every work day for 6.5 years and never a mechanical issue. Tires lasted over 75K miles, Brakes still good at 175000 miles (I use the "B" engine break to "down shift" in the city and hiway). Fairly comfortable (I've drive 10 hour days in the car and at 60+ I'm ok sitting that long). Great cargo area (with no passengers in the rear you can haul a 60" screen TV NO PROBLEM). Over all a fairly "utilitarian" vehicle.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ethon_Hack writes:
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Great fuel economy, handles well, can fill up the tank with 20$ - 30$ , gets 48 MPG in city, 45 on highway , MP3, Back up camera, 11.9 gallon fuel tank! Double the room for glove box

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no GPS, very small nit picky things! etc.

Ethon_Hack
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Save Tons Of Money On Fuel! — Since it has such great fuel economy, I found myself only having to fill this car up once every week and a half, considering I drive from and to work about a 25 - 30 mile distance! Very happy with this vehicle and I know you will be to!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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ThePaz writes:
2008 Toyota Prius Liftback Review
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5

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Excellent gas mileage with this hybrid vehicle. Six years before we needed to replace the 12 volt battery.

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Not for a "Hot-Rodder"!

ThePaz
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Think "green" & Our Ecology! — We just love this car. It's been remarkably dependable as it is of a new technology, that of an electric/gas "hybrid" vehicle. Four doors and lift-back for a family it's perfect, in that respect, with plenty of room in the back for transporting from the store to our home. Seems to have more room in the rear than for tall people with "long legs" up front, but does accommodate a six foot individual. We're older now so speed isn't a big deal to us as power isn't a strength of this car although cruising speed would surprise many, and such a quiet drive, many people new to this car may think it stalled-out because it's just so quiet. The gas mileage and savings in money while doing something good for the environment is it's main assets. The world is changing for the better. We just love our "Prius"!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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hybrid4sale writes:
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5

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Excellent gas mileage!  Toyota reliability.  Great acceleration for a hybrid.  It has 170k miles on it and has had only oil changes, cooling system flushed, and other scheduled maintenance.  Nothing out of the ordinary.

Cons

Eats up tires on the front end.  Dealer can't find the problem.  See similar complaints online from other Prius owners.  Hard to replace HID lamps but ours lasted about 140k miles.

hybrid4sale
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Excellent Value Overall...superb Gas Mileage! — This is a car we will keep till the wheels fall off. It currently has 176,000 miles on it and has original hybrid batteries and auxiliary battery. So far nothing major to report on it. We've replaced the tires 3 times since ownership. Currently have 90k-rated Michelins on it but something is causing extra wear on the front tires. I'm going to have alignment checked on it soon. We change oil every 3k-5k miles. Thinking of switching to synthetic blend. I checked the oil dip stick after 3k miles of driving it and it still looked good like it just changed the oil on it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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ejlark writes:
2008 Toyota Prius Touring Review
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4

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fuel mileage

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cost of car , tire wear and cost of tires

ejlark
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Great For Saving Money — like saving money. very peppy at slower speeds. great for getting around town. has a very good amount of space for good seating front and back. luggage area is great for one set of clubs setting width wise. looking for newer one.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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pvanmeter writes:
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The gas price is priceless on this car!

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I have no negatives

pvanmeter
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Loved This Car — I've never disliked this car, it's been a great car! It's got great power too, it's not a little put put car it can haul but, I've gotten a ticket in it and the cop asked me how fast I thought I was going and I said 78 and he clocked me doing 92. I was on a road trip and was listen to my radio and just lost track of my speed, so all the jokes about how it has no power is not true.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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mwhammett writes:
2008 Toyota Prius Liftback Review
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5

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Only 22,777 1 owner mi.

Certified (means you have 77,000 more miles left on powertrain warranty)

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At times, it seems underpowered, but those feelings fly away when filling the gas tank once a month !

mwhammett
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Extra Low Mileage — Love driving, favorite car to drive in over 50 years of driving ! Extremely low mileage 22,777 ! Backup camera (safety . . . . . especially in my neighborhood, lots of little kids !) Smart key system, means you'll never hunting thrugh your pockets/purse for your keys, simply touch the door handle and then push the start button (you don't even have to insert the key !) Average miles per gallon equals 47 !

Primary Use: Family transportation

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linmosaic writes:
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gas mileage, parking, roomy even for a tall person

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cooling and heating not as efficient

linmosaic
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Great Little Car For Getting Around Cities And On Longer Trips — Traded in my minivan just in time to see gas prices skyrocket. Prius is great for gas mileage, parking and even long trips. I do miss the ease of putting things in a minivan, but everything has its advantages and disadvantages. Not as good at cooling hot California summers as my Honda, but the gas pump is in charge!

Owner for 0 years, 6 months

Miles Driven per Year:8,000

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jahsoar writes:
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mileage, reliability, quiet, interior layout and console storage.

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No convenient pause or mute button on audio, no day time running lights.   No seat heaters.

jahsoar
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Good Car, Packages A Little More Complete Than When We Bought A 2004 — The vehicle hasn't changed efficiencies, it was just rated higher than reality before, which the EPA has remedied. Batteries estimated to go 8 years, 80,000 have lasted for almost all service vehicles more than 250,000 miles. I got about a thousand dollar discount through Costco which was not available when demand exceeded production. Oh, no seat heater but there are aftermarket solutions. You'd think an electric car would have an electric seat heater, after all it's got an electric air conditioner.

Owner for 0 years, 1 months

Miles Driven per Year:12,000

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Reviews From Other Years

2001 Toyota Prius Reviews

Very Reliable Car For Commuting Back And Forth From Work. By fwlzone

This is a nice looking 4-door vehicle. It is a great commuter car at 42mpg. On long trips, ride can get a little snug. It does have more space that Gen 2 Prius for cargo. Overall a fund car to drive ... Read More

Gen 1 Prius Review By pacphil

This is a great little car. The trunk is valuable for those who like to hide their stuff as the 2nd Generation (2004 to 2009) and 3rd generation Prius do not have a trunk. It's fuel economy is not q... Read More

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2002 Toyota Prius Reviews

Love It By cbier

I've been exceptionally happy with this car since I bought it in 2003. It has only cost me regular maintenance cost to keep it running. I'm still getting 46mpg after 161k mi. I would buy one again. It... Read More

Great Car By richpook

I found this car to be great on gas and maintenance. Not much power if you're looking for that but not very noticeable after you have it and not riding in a BMW or something. Rides smooth and quiet. G... Read More

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2003 Toyota Prius Reviews

Great Little Car. Very Reliable Transportation By Jahon29

It looks small, but you don't feel that while you drive the car. It handles very good. Braking system is perfect. Around $25-28 to fill the tank. I love the gas mileage that this car gets. It is arou... Read More

Love My Classic Prius By scarlatto9

I have always loved everything about this car and now that fuel is getting pricey, I'm even happier. This car goes as fast as I want to, and more importantly, when I'm stuck in traffic the emissions ... Read More

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2004 Toyota Prius Reviews

Would Buy This Car Again With A 3rd Row Back Seat By R.J.

liked the 40 mpg... liked the reliability... liked the cubic space... liked the environmentally friendliness... liked the handling... liked the technology disliked the space with 2 cars seats... disli... Read More

First Car I Bought And I Loved It, But Need Something Bigger Now By WoodWard10

I liked everything about this car from the cost to maintain it to the ease of getting my two children in and out of the car without hitting their heads on the too low roof, problem we have with my hus... Read More

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2005 Toyota Prius Reviews

Great Value By Stevesprius

Overall great vehicle. Well kept, reliable, lots of room, economical with great gas mileage. Would highly recommend a Prius to anyone looking to purchase a front wheel drive vehicle. It handles well ... Read More

Love It. By Bonita28

The Prius has been the best car for my family. We drum a lot and the cargo space is a amazing. I can carry so much. Lots of room in back seat. Lots. Very dependable. We opted to buy the electric batte... Read More

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