Review: 2005 Toyota Prius

The Prius is covered by Toyota's standard three-year/36,000-mile warranty on all components other than the powertrain, which has additional six-year/60,000-mile coverage. The hybrid elements, including the expensive battery, battery control module, hybrid control module, and inverter, are covered for eight years/100,000 miles. There's also 24/7 roadside assistance for three years. Although the Prius isn't cheap, Toyota is underwriting the true cost of the program, meaning that consumers are getting more hardware than they're paying for, literally. The Prius earned two awards from IntelliChoice in 2005, adding further validation to the vehicle's appeal. On the Prius mantel rests Best Overall Value- for Midsize Under $21,000 and Best Car Value Under $23,000. Hybrid drivetrain aside, the Prius is a solid value on its own merits.

The Toyota Prius is science fiction made reality, in a practical, livable form.

What's Hot

  • Excellent gas mileage
  • Roomy, airy interior
  • Lots of standard equipment

    What's Not

  • Polarizing styling
  • Overly light steering
  • Limited handling acumen

    For the 2005 model year, Toyota made minor trim package changes.

    Side curtain side airbags are an important stand-alone option. An alarm system, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a garage-door opener, and a smart key system compose a desirable package of options. Stability control is part of another package with the curtain airbags, foglamps, and Xenon high-intensity discharge lamps. A Navigation system comes with the smart key, curtain airbags, and the premium audio system.

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