Jan 19, 2010
Reviewed By Paul Duchene
Price as Tested $27,909
Likes

Restyle adds vital character lines to egg-shape. Dash vastly improved, with plenty of information and pleasant “grassy” texture to panel. Cunning storage spaces and big, double glovebox. Comfortable and quiet with little road noise, decent back seat and cavernous trunk. Backup camera essential due to silent “Sneaky Pete” factor in crowds. Every safety device you can think of. Voice-activated nav system, solar-powered ventilation system, satellite radio, Bluetooth.

Dislikes

Keyless entry still a pain—just give me a key or figure something else out, like Nissan or Jaguar. Mileage seems only mid-40s but 50s claimed if you stay out of “power” mode.

Verdict

With 98 hp (up 22 hp), this Prius smokes the last one. It works better than the Honda Insight, but it’s still homely and with a high smug factor (You know, she makes all her own clothes…). Eventually I’m sure it will look good, but can they cut to the chase and fix the looks next?

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating
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