Written on: 06/08/2009 by Blivo (4 reviews written)
The only reason to buy a Prius is the economy - unfortunately, this is not as good as it is supposed to be. If you spend all your time driving in London central it might just be worth it, but if you need a car to use in the real world, it is no good. The speedo in the car I hired was set at a 9.9% over optimistic setting, meaning that the odometer and economy readings were also virually 10 % out. It returned a true economy of 45 mpg, which is worse than a lot of traditional petrol and diesel... (read more)
Written on: 25/04/2009
Quiet at a stop and when not accelerating at city speeds, automatic gearbox is smooth, petrol economy is a world-beater Toyota Prius 1.5 Hybrid T Spirit is noisy when accelerating, constant attention from others - often negative because the car is not european (I live in europe), my brakes make chirps as there is a funny electric braking system that bypasses the normal brake pads so they become rusty, pedestrians don't hear the engine, wish it had proper distronic-plus cruise control down... (read more)
Written on: 11/03/2009 by psymyk
Don't expect to get great economy if you drive the Toyota Prius like a 'normal' car - check out hypermiling techniques to find out how to get the best from the hybrid setup. I get 58 mpg on average. (read more)
Written on: 05/11/2008 by colin symmonds (1 review written)
The Toyota Prius is easy to drive, comfortable and economic, although there is no way it will do 55mpg around town as stopping and starting causes the fuel consumption to rise markedly.
I find that it performs well on all roads including motorways.
The rear view camera is extremely useful for parking where there low walls, bollards etc. which cannot be seen in your mirrors. (read more)
Written on: 22/05/2007 by AdamoCelo (17 reviews written)
Worth having if you do an awful lot of town driving, and are forever entering the congestion zone. This is a car that is heavy on the practicality, but not on some of the other features shall we say! But saying that at first I didn't like it, but you know what it does grow on you in a positive way! (read more)
Written on: 13/02/2007 by Zimbali Goalpost (1 review written)
You won't pick up many women while driving a Toyota Prius. Unless, that is they wear sandals and knit their own yogurt.
After two years driving I love the gadgets in the Prius - satellite navigation, Bluetooth hands-free phone, and a very funky real time display showing how the hybrid engine is working - but the performance is lackluster and the thing just looks boring.
However, if you're a keen environmentalist or just, like me, want to save £8 per day on the London congestion... (read more)
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