Buying A Used Toyota Prius Hybrid: 5 Quick Pieces Of Advice

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Buying A Used Toyota Hybrid: 5 Quick Pieces Of

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The Prius is by far the most common car on U.S. roads, which there are a lot of them out there for as used cars.

A reader to ask what she should keep in when starting to shop for a Toyota Prius hybrid.


follows are some quick from our editors, who’ve owned or driven more a dozen Priuses.

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Please note this is not a look at buying a used but more our top-line thoughts on she should keep in mind.

In the we suggested she consider getting a Prius with only 3-4 on it and the lowest total mileage she can which will give her years of service with no about battery life.

(1) sure you like the Prius experience before you sign on the

Driving a Toyota Prius is a experience than driving a car, and if you’ve never in a hybrid before, you should a minimum of 30 minutes behind the

Most people get used to the between the engine speed noise) and the road speed. a result of the Hybrid Synergy system constantly adjusting the it draws from the engine and the battery pack.

It’s all in the of efficiency—that EPA combined rating of 50 mpg for the and newer cars—but it’s different.

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(2) Decide which generation you second (2004-2009) or third

The third-generation cars (2010-present) are numerous, based on sales, and get higher gas mileage.

The classic Prius Liftback has rated at 50 mpg combined (51 mpg city, 48 mpg since its 2010 launch, and owners report achieving 45 mpg or so in use.

The second generation (2004-2009) are still a good bet but there are a few things you should about them.

The earlier models are rated (after a adjustment in EPA calculation methods) at 46 mpg (48 mpg city, 45 mpg highway), and most get 40 mpg or more.

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We’d suggest the first-generation cars (2000-2003), as slow, much smaller and now likely quite high-mileage

(3) Be aware of 2004-2009 weak

From an editor who’s a 2004 Prius for 10 years and miles, we have first-hand of the second generation’s ownership six or seven recalls.

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The latest recall, is fairly serious, is for potentially or broken steering ties. earlier on, was to trim the accelerator so it couldn’t catch on floor and produce unintended acceleration.

On the hand, that car’s trim quality is not great, and the shields are known to deform and pop off more than occasionally.

Finally, the 2004-2009 Prius don’t have either radio or a USB port built local stereo shops tell you that adding it is a challenging and pricey task.

(4) your battery warranty—which is on your state

The Prius has a warranty of either 8 yrs/100,000 or 10 yrs/150,000 miles in California and a or so other states that adopted its stricter emissions

There’s some correlation; are likely thicker on the ground in that have adopted rules—New York, say—than in that haven’t. North for example.

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