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2008 Toyota Prius Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by hondoman45

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Reviewed: 2008 Toyota Prius

4dr Hatch 76-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

Why the 2008 Toyota Prius?

Fuel economy

Bought this during one of the coldest winters in Utah. Still got 44 mpg. Weather is beginning to warm up now and get 47 mpg. Hopefully it will continue to go up in summer although the ac will maybe drive mpg down.

Safety & braking

Mine is the top of the line so it has vsc, abs, and all the airbag packages. I'd be lying if I said this stuff doesn't matter because it does. I have three other cars that don't have all this safety equipment and they don't do as well in adverse weather as the Prius. It makes adjustments as you drive if it feels the wheels doing things they shouldn't. All I know is with the same tires and weather conditions the Prius makes me feel safer. On the subject of braking, it does take a light foot with this car as the regenerative braking seems to assist you. If you brake in this car like you normally would in another car, you'd be close to going through the windshield! It doesn't take long to acclimate to this...

Quietness

I didn't expect this in a small car but it is a fairly quiet car. Cruising at 65 mph on the freeway one can carry on a conversation in a normal voice. Build quality is excellent and parts are light. If a stiff wind comes up the car does get a bit noisy but not severely so.

Ride smoothness

Mine is the Touring model so it has a slightly stiffer suspension and larger rims and tires so it is not as smooth riding as the standard or base models but it does ride smoothly nonetheless. I used to drive an old Cadillac and it was smooth but was a mess on a curvy mountain road. Not so with the Prius as handles well and has a very compliant ride.

Materials & workmanship

Top notch quality from a Toyota product. I've bought many Toyotas over the years and this takes a back seat to none in quality. I have very little to complain about with this car.

Why Not the 2008 Toyota Prius?

Front seat support & comfort

If you are much over 5 foot 10 inches tall, the drivers seat might get a little tight. Not much leg support either as the bottom cushion is very short. I hear the 2010 redesign helped with this. Since I use this car for not much more than an hour commute, I tolerate the seat as the rest of the car is so darn good.

Conclusion

Prius has not disappointed at all. I've only had it five months and it has always been reliable. Has a smooth, quiet ride with a great JBL sound system. I have no doubts it will last for many more years with minimal mechanical fuss. Great car for putting miles on but not a great car if you don't drive it much as the high voltage batteries wear out whether driven or not. Another out of the park home run by Toyota!

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