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Toyota Prius vs. Chevrolet Cruze Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Toyota Prius 13
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  31 Prii, 6.0 months of data per Prius, average 9200 miles

 

2014 Chevrolet Cruze 43
90% 90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  47 Cruzes, 10.1 months of data per Cruze, average 19500 miles
2014 Toyota Prius 0
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  42 Prii, 10.0 months of data per Prius, average 17800 miles

 

2013 Chevrolet Cruze 43
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Cruzes, 9.7 months of data per Cruze, average 34600 miles
2013 Toyota Prius 4
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  57 Prii, 9.7 months of data per Prius, average 35400 miles

 

2012 Chevrolet Cruze 65
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  42 Cruzes, 10.0 months of data per Cruze, average 47600 miles

Probably an end-of-warranty blip. The repair frequency was equally high a year ago. Common problems with the PCV valve on the 1.4T engine and the external trunk release. The latter was a common problem on the 2011 in the past.
2012 Toyota Prius 2
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  83 Prii, 8.9 months of data per Prius, average 50800 miles

 

2011 Chevrolet Cruze 36
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Cruzes, 10.8 months of data per Cruze, average 55300 miles

First model year. 1.4T engine cooling system a common problem area earlier. Leaking water pump gasket and thermostat housing.
2011 Toyota Prius 5
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  68 Prii, 10.7 months of data per Prius, average 60400 miles

 

2010 Toyota Prius 21
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  215 Prii, 10.3 months of data per Prius, average 76900 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2009 Toyota Prius 42
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 Prii, 9.8 months of data per Prius, average 91100 miles

 

2008 Toyota Prius 26
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  85 Prii, 9.9 months of data per Prius, average 102500 miles

 

2007 Toyota Prius 32
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  90 Prii, 9.6 months of data per Prius, average 124500 miles

 

2006 Toyota Prius 33
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  68 Prii, 9.0 months of data per Prius, average 133700 miles

 

2005 Toyota Prius 45
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  77 Prii, 9.7 months of data per Prius, average 153700 miles

 

2004 Toyota Prius 47
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Prii, 10.5 months of data per Prius, average 161700 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2002 Toyota Prius   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Prii, 9.7 months of data per Prius, average 201100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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Toyota Prius vs. Chevrolet Cruze Reliability Comparisons

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Toyota Prius

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Hatch 98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
High level of reliability. Best in class. Never had a single warranty issue with the Prius.
2011 4dr Hatch 98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
everyone who owns one, loves them
2010 4dr Hatch 98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
Have always been happy with Toyota and the current issues in the news have not changed my mind.
2010 4dr Hatch 98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
This car has not had any issues starting or running. My father-in-law put his 2nd gen through 120k miles in under 5 years with the same results.
2010 4dr Hatch 98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
Toyota cars have been the most reliable cars during the past quarter century.
2010 4dr Hatch 98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
Toyota. That says it all
2010 4dr Hatch 98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
No problems so far
2010 4dr Hatch 98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
Its a Toyota!
2010 4dr Hatch 98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
Per Consumer Reports, it is a reliable, durable car especially compared to most other vehicles.
2009 4dr Hatch 76-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
The car did not give any problems and still looks and performs like new.
Toyota Prius Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2006 4dr Hatch 76-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
heater blower died 2 winters in a row, at 45,000km and again at 75000km, both front wheel bearings at 50,000kms
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Chevrolet Cruze

Chevrolet Cruze Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Sedan 136-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed manual FWD
At the shop for CEL on the second day of ownership
2011 4dr Sedan turbocharged 138hp 1.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
unproven, first year car