2008 Toyota Prius

Base FWD 4-Dr Hatchback I4

Base FWD 4-Dr Hatchback I4

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Fuel economy ratings may sell cars these days, but it's really just one piece of a much larger puzzle that determines the cost to own and drive a car. According to IntelliChoice, the true cost includes depreciation, financing, insurance, state fees, maintenance and repairs, and of course, fuel. We've used these numbers to calculate a total cost of ownership over a five-year period with 14,000 miles of driving each year in order to determine which of our test cars offers the best value. Is it worth sacrificing top-of-the-ladder fuel economy ratings for a bargain price? Or is hybrid technology the end-all for the fuel and money frugal? Here's what it takes to own these five subcompacts and one miserly hybrid.
Suzuki SX4 Sport
Base price: $14,999
Fuel cost: $9327
Cost of ownership: $29,013
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Suzuki's SX4 is the most expensive car to operate over a five year period, primarily due to the car's steep depreciation and middling fuel economy. On the highway, the SX4 achieves a respectable, if not stellar, 31 mpg. It's the 23-mpg EPA city rating that really calls the SX4's subcompact credentials into question. Estimated fuel costs for five years are more than $1000 higher than any other car in the comparison. Additionally, after five years of use, the SX4 will be worth about $8650 less than its purchase price.
With 143 hp on tap, the SX4 is the brute of the subcompact bunch, beating all of the other cars by more than 30 hp. The clutch and shifter work well together and short gearing makes sprightly acceleration part of the Suzuki's DNA. The Suzuki's ride, however, is less than ideal. While the SX4 sedan we drove only comes in front-wheel drive, its five-door hatchback sibling is unique to the subcompact class in offering standard all-wheel drive for the snow-averse.
Hyundai Accent SE
Base price: $15,445
Fuel cost: $8199
Cost of ownership: $27,260
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Like the Suzuki, the Accent suffers with below-average resale value and fuel economy that is slightly behind the others. EPA ratings place the smallest Hyundai's fuel economy at 27 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. The Accent has the lowest repair costs of the vehicles in the comparison, as the car's five-year warranty puts all of the work on Hyundai's credit card.
Of the subcompacts gathered here, we find the Accent at the top of the list in terms of driver engagement. Its slick B&M racing shifter and capable chassis tuning make it fun to drive. However, The Accent lacks some of the comforts that we would want in a car serving as a daily driver, particularly on the highway where engine buzz and harsh bumps invade the cabin.
Chevrolet Aveo5 LS
Base price: $12,680
Fuel cost: $8220
Cost of ownership: $23,913
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At more than $3000, there is a significant difference in the cost to operate the Aveo5 and Hyundai Accent, driven largely by the fact that the Accent depreciates much quicker. Over five years of driving, the cost to own an Aveo5 is just $17 more than the Fit. Recent engine tweaks had only a minor affect on the Aveo's power numbers but helped boost its city fuel economy from 24 mpg to 27 mpg. Highway fuel economy is rated at 34 mpg. While the Aveo5 may be middle-of-the-pack when it comes to cost, that's far ahead of where it places with regards to driving.
It's a car that is five years behind the competition in terms of refinement, with a spongy suspension, vague transmission and poorly calibrated throttle. Years ago, the subcompact driving experience evolved from automotive persecution to modern comfort, style and dynamics, yet the Aveo5 seems like it was built for that bygone era. GM has done a commendable job on the interior of this car; it's just a shame that equal effort wasn't spent on the mechanicals.
Honda Fit Sport
Base price: $15,940
Fuel cost: $7800
Cost of ownership: $23,897
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The Honda Fit is a well-rounded fuel-sipper, earning 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. That efficiency will save you $1000 in fuel over five years compared to the Chevrolet, Hyundai, and Suzuki. In terms of overall ownership cost, our Fit cracks the top half of our six-car test.
Driving the Fit is satisfactory, but by no means thrilling. The engine does its part well, but the shifter lacks feel and the suspension is tuned on the soft side. What the Fit lacks in driving pizzazz, it makes up for in functionality. Honda has done an excellent job with packaging inside the Fit. Despite a diminutive size, the Fit offers incredible interior space and its rear seats perform a number of acrobatic moves to make cargo hauling even easier.
Toyota Prius
Base price: $22,220
Fuel cost: $5292
Cost of ownership: $23,028
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Even low-weight, small-engined subcompacts can't put up fuel economy numbers like the Toyota Prius hybrid's. Rated at 48 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway, the Prius will save you more than $2000 in fuel costs over five years compared to these other cars. Because the Prius has a higher price of entry than its competitors here, you'll end up paying more to finance the vehicle, one reason it hasn't won the cost-of-ownership battle.
The Prius may not be quick on the straights or spirited through turns, but it is certainly a respectable driver for around-town jaunts and highway cruising. What it lacks in driving dynamics, it makes up for with the electronic energy display on the dash that turns feather-footed acceleration into a game. While the Prius may sticker $7000 higher than many of our subcompacts, that doesn't translate into more style or comfort. Toyota's money clearly went into the hybrid powertrain, leaving the dash a dull expanse of plastic. Several of the budget subcompacts here have way more style inside than the Prius. Still, many people will appreciate that the Prius offers more interior space for moving people and gear than the small cars while still returning the best fuel economy.
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Toyota Yaris S
Base price: $13,945
Fuel cost: $7440
Cost of ownership: $21,785
The Yaris is able to win the cost-of-ownership contest by carrying below-average costs in nearly every category from depreciation to financing to fuel. Achieving 29 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway makes it the most fuel-efficient car in the test after the Prius.
The Yaris can be a bit of a bore behind the wheel, combining a lackadaisical engine and drab interior. Opting for the manual transmission will help to keep you interested. By adding a five-door hatchback model for 2009, Toyota has established a trio of Yarises to offer consumers whatever body style fits their lifestyle. Owning a Yaris for five years will save you about $1300 over a Prius. While hybrids may be a smart way to tackle high gas prices, Toyota itself has proven that they're not the cheapest way to drive.
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Expensive gas is today's black cloud of despair for motorists, but there is a ray of light shining through the gloom. Costly energy drives higher efficiency and environmental interest, and it also provides car companies with the motivation to design better products. Toyota began its serious quest for higher mileage and lower exhaust emissions in 1997 with the release of the Prius in Japan. Since its launch in the U.S. market in 2000, the Prius has set the standard for fuel-efficient midsize sedans by delivering exceptional mileage with little comfort or convenience sacrifice. Automobile Magazine test drove the 2008 Prius Touring.
The design of the Prius is nothing like the rest of Toyota's fleet and also is distinctive from every other car on the road. This five-door hatchback's egg-shaped profile does more than rouse pedestrian interest; it also offers function and utility. The sweeping raised roof is an effective means of maximizing interior volume. The Prius provides 96.2 cubic feet of passenger room and 38.6 inches of legroom in the rear seat. Standard 60/40-split fold-down rear seats offer the opportunity to increase the 14.4-cubic-foot trunk's volume on demand. In addition, the airfoil-like shape gives the vehicle low drag, helping minimize both interior noise and fuel consumption. The 2008 Prius Touring trim level differs from the standard model with 16-inch aluminum wheels, a larger rear spoiler, High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, and integrated fog lamps.
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Inside, occupants encounter a high-tech, user-friendly interior. An animated display panel reports energy flow, fuel consumption, climate control, outside temperature, and audio settings. Redundant climate and audio controls are located on the steering wheel - a nice touch especially since the dash control knobs are totally lacking in tactile feedback.
Four of us toured Ann Arbor in the Prius, enjoying its ample room for lanky arms and legs. As college teens, we weren't disappointed by the humble cloth seats or vast expanses of molded plastic on the dash. We did, however, find the front seats' lack of lumbar support annoying. Overall, the Prius's interior is serviceable as basic transportation but not something likely to impress friends and neighbors. The 2008 Prius earned EPA ratings of 48 MPG city, 45 MPG highway, and 46 MPG combined, making it the most fuel efficient midsize car in America. Thanks to Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive System, which combines a 1.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson Cycle gasoline engine with two electric motors, the Prius accelerates to 60 mph in about 10 seconds. That's too lackadaisical for those seeking something fun to drive but quite adequate for commuters focused on low operating costs and impeccable dependability.
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During a back-road trip to Cabela's, an outdoor equipment superstore located 20 miles from Automobile's home base, a friend and I experienced a touch of environmental bliss. As we glided to a stop, the gasoline engine automatically shut down to conserve fuel, so we motored gently forward, running only on clean, smooth, and nearly silent electric propulsion. This is one of many efficiency measures that helped us achieve 40 MPG over our 200-mile test drive. Another is called regenerative braking; step on the left pedal and energy that's usually wasted is captured for storage in the trunk-mounted battery pack. Then, when it's time to go again, the electric motors draw that energy out of the bank to minimize the power needed from the gasoline engine.
I like to think of the Toyota Prius as a successful laboratory experiment. What it lacks in sex appeal and driving fun, it more than makes up in the clever way it uses electricity and electronics to move us farther down the road while consuming less petroleum. Best of all, the Prius is now well known and respected by consumers who never placed much emphasis on fuel efficiency.
The Prius name has Latin roots and means 'to go before.' Considering the role hybrids will surely have in saving energy in the near term, the name Toyota picked for this car is a perfect fit.
Toyota Prius Touring Edition
Base Price: $ 21,500
As-Tested: $ 24,438

Powertrain
Engine: 4-cylinder aluminum DOHC 16-valve VVT-i
Horsepower: 76 hp @ 5000 rpm
Torque: 82 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm
Electric Motor: Permanent Magnet Synchronous AC
Power Output: 50 kW (67 hp) @ 1200-1540 rpm
Torque: 295 lb-ft @ 0-1200 rpm
Battery Type: Nickel-Metal Hydride
Transmission: Electronically Controlled Planetary Type Continuously Variable
Drive: Front-Wheel
Measurements
L x W x H: 175.0 x 67.9 x 58.7 in
Legroom F/R: 41.9 / 38.6 in
Headroom F/R: 39.1 / 37.3 in
Cargo capacity: 14.4 cu ft
Curb Weight: 2932 lb
EPA Rating (city/highway/combined): 48/45/46 mpg
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For the past week, the media have been on edge waiting for the results of an investigation into Jim Sikes' runaway Toyota Prius. While they were busy digging into his personal life, a Congressional memo leaked, followed by an NHTSA report, both of which found little evidence to support Sikes' story. Today, Toyota has released its preliminary report on the incident, and it's reached the same conclusion.
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2008 Toyota Prius Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
1.5L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
48 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
45 MPG
Horsepower:
110 hp
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control (optional)
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:51
Component
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:ACCELERATOR PEDAL
Summary
TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004-2010 PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL CAN GET STUCK IN THE WIDE OPEN POSITION DUE TO ITS BEING TRAPPED BY AN UNSECURED OR INCOMPATIBLE DRIVER'S FLOOR MAT.
Consequences
A STUCK OPEN ACCELERATOR PEDAL MAY RESULT IN VERY HIGH VEHICLE SPEEDS AND MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO STOP THE VEHICLE, WHICH COULD CAUSE A CRASH, SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
Remedy
TOYOTA FILED AN AMENDED DEFECT REPORT ON NOVEMBER 25, 2009, STATING THAT DEALERS WILL MODIFY THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL AND, ON CERTAIN VEHICLES, ALTER THE SHAPE OF THE FLOOR SURFACE UNDER THE PEDAL. THESE CHANGES ADDRESS THE RISK OF PEDAL ENTRAPMENT DUE TO INTERFERENCE WITH THE FLOOR MAT. REDESIGNED ACCELERATOR PEDALS WILL BECOME AVAILABLE BEGINNING IN APRIL 2010 AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE ANY MODIFIED PEDAL WITH THE NEW PEDAL IF DESIRED. ALSO, DEALERS WILL REPLACE ANY GENUINE TOYOTA OR LEXUS ALL-WEATHER FLOOR MATS WITH REDESIGNED ALL-WEATHER MATS, OR REPURCHASE THE PREVIOUS MATS FROM OWNERS WHO DO NOT WANT THE NEW ONES. ADDITIONALLY, SOFTWARE MODIFICATIONS WILL BE INSTALLED ON CAMRY, AVALON AND LEXUS ES 350, IS 350 AND IS 250 MODELS THAT WILL ENSURE THAT THE BRAKE OVERRIDES THE ACCELERATOR IN THE EVENT BOTH BRAKE AND ACCELERATOR PEDALS ARE APPLIED. TOYOTA WILL BEGIN MAILING LETTERS TO OWNERS ON DECEMBER 31, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331, LEXUS AT 1-800-255-3987.
Potential Units Affected
4,445,056
Notes
TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:00
Component
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Summary
SOUTHEAST TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2005-2011 PASSENGER VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 110, "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS." THESE VEHICLES WERE SOLD WITHOUT THE REQUISITE LOAD CARRYING CAPACITY MODIFICATION LABELS.
Consequences
A DRIVER MAY OVERLOAD A VEHICLE WHICH MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL MAIL TO CONSUMERS THE CORRECTED LABEL OR THE CUSTOMER WILL HAVE THE OPTION FOR DEALERS TO INSTALL THE LABEL FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 27, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SOUTHEAST TOYOTA AT 1-800-301-6859.
Potential Units Affected
153,418
Notes
SOUTHEAST TOYOTA DISTRIBUTORS, LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:21
Component
STEERING
Summary
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2004-2009 Prius vehicles manufactured August 5, 2003, through March 30, 2009. The affected vehicles have a steering intermediate extension shaft assembly built with metal splines that complete the connection from the steering wheel to the steering gear. These splines may have been manufactured with an insufficient hardness.
Consequences
Over time, the splines may wear and eventually fail resulting in a loss of steering ability, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the extension shaft and replace it if it is one with insufficient hardness, free of charge. The recall began during December 2012. Owners may contact their Toyota dealer or the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.
Potential Units Affected
669,705
Notes
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:21
Component
STEERING:GEAR BOX:SHAFT SECTOR
Summary
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2004-2009 Prius vehicles manufactured August 5, 2003, through March 30, 2009. The affected vehicles have a steering intermediate extension shaft assembly built with metal splines that complete the connection from the steering wheel to the steering gear. These splines may have been manufactured with an insufficient hardness.
Consequences
Over time, the splines may wear and eventually fail resulting in a loss of steering ability, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the extension shaft and replace it if it is one with insufficient hardness, free of charge. The recall began during December 2012. Owners may contact their Toyota dealer or the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.
Potential Units Affected
669,705
Notes
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:21
Component
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Summary
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2004-2009 Prius vehicles manufactured August 6, 2003, through March 30, 2009 and FCHV-adv vehicles manufactured December 12, 2008, through September 13, 2011. During manufacturing, a scratch may have occurred inside of the electrically driven water pump at the coil wire. The coil wire may corrode at the scratched portion.
Consequences
The corroded coil wire may break and the water pump could stop. The corroded coil wire could cause a short circuit between coil wires and a possible open fuse, creating a stall-like condition of the hybrid system while the vehicle is being driven. This may increase the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy
Toyota will notify its owners, and dealers will replace the electric water pump, free of charge. The recall began on January 17, 2013. Owners may contact their Toyota dealer or the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.
Potential Units Affected
350,662
Notes
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:21
Component
HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM: INVERTER
Summary
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2004-2009 Prius vehicles manufactured August 6, 2003, through March 30, 2009 and FCHV-adv vehicles manufactured December 12, 2008, through September 13, 2011. During manufacturing, a scratch may have occurred inside of the electrically driven water pump at the coil wire. The coil wire may corrode at the scratched portion.
Consequences
The corroded coil wire may break and the water pump could stop. The corroded coil wire could cause a short circuit between coil wires and a possible open fuse, creating a stall-like condition of the hybrid system while the vehicle is being driven. This may increase the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy
Toyota will notify its owners, and dealers will replace the electric water pump, free of charge. The recall began on January 17, 2013. Owners may contact their Toyota dealer or the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.
Potential Units Affected
350,662
Notes
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
4
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
Marginal
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Applicable
IIHS Best Pick
N/R

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