Prius – everything you need to know

Read the comments below to see the full discussion about the Toyota Prius. If your question isn’t answered here, please feel free to take a look at, or ask us in the comments below.

Please note that this blog post was first published in 2009, so some references to specification, equipment, fuel economy, emissions and other features may not reflect the latest version of Prius – you can find out up-to-date information here.

If you want to find out how to maximise the fuel economy of your Prius, take a look at this blog post.

Read our other blogs about Prius here.

The following topics have already been discussed:

– Customisation: options, availability and costs (including audio; roof rack, cycle rack, towbar; leather)
– Difference between second-generation Prius and new third-generation Prius
– Wheel size
– Miles per gallon
– Satellite navigation
– Bluetooth and phone sync

– How a full hybrid works
– Battery charging
– Battery lifespan and replacement

– Heated seats
– Cold weather driving

– Servicing: frequency and costs

– Delivery lead times
– Depreciation
– Warranty
– Road tax
– Insurance

Thanks for all the interest in the new Prius.


  1. I have a 2007 Prius and every time I park for over 3 hours the Hybrid Battery Indicator shows 1 bar. Also when I start the car and drive off the car seems very sluggish and slow, and you can hear the engine overworking itself. After about 2 miles the car shows 3 bars and drives normally. I have just had a hybrid battery check and service at my local garage and they have said that the hybrid battery is fine, they have blamed other issues but I just wanted to find out what you would diagnose the fault to be.

    1. Hi David,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Your Toyota Centre would be best placed to physically inspect and diagnose any faults with your vehicle.

      1. I would agree, but unfortunately this is not the case which is why I am asking for your help. So please can you attempt to provide an answer.

      2. Hi David,
        We cannot diagnose vehicle faults online, as we cannot see the vehicle.
        This is why your Toyota Centre would be best placed to look into this for you.

  2. Hi,
    My bluetooth in my 2012 Prius has stopped working. It physically won’t let me use the Bluetooth/media/ telephone buttons. They just won’t work. when I press them nothing happens? Can anyone help me with this?

    Thank you

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