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How Reliable Is the Toyota Prius?

It’s hard to conceive that the Toyota Prius hybrid has been around here in the U.S. for almost 20 years. This popular hybrid revolutionized the industry with its blend of innovation and electric technology.

What once started as a niche market compact car for environmental enthusiasts has since taken over as a consumer favorite for commuting, value, and sustainability. But looking at this year’s model Prius, and reviewing some of the years past, how reliable is this hybrid road warrior?

What’s new this year for the Toyota Prius?

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The 2020 Toyota Prius continues to impress and new this year adds a few extras. You’ll enjoy a larger, seven-inch display as a standard on lower trim levels, and Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa are now standard, as well. Safety Connect suite of services is standard on all trims too, according to Edmunds.

You can expect a return of 50 miles per gallon in fuel efficiency and have the option to buy the newly available, all-wheel drive. The Prius is still nimble, easy to drive, and offers a quiet and comfortable cabin.

Ranking, fuel efficiency, and driving dynamics

The Toyota Prius is no longer alone in the hybrid space, and in fact, the stage is getting crowded with hybrid contenders. However, the Prius still manages to rank within the middle of the pack with its outstanding gas mileage and extras.

While small, the Prius still offers plenty of cargo space and comfortable seating for everyone. Where it may pale in comparison to some of the other, more performance designed hybrids, is its lackluster driving experience. In the end, it’s just not as much fun to drive as some of the other available hybrid and EV cars.

How it ranks in reliability

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The 2020 Toyota Prius is too new to have precise reliability ratings. It’s hard to say how reliable a current model is, considering it hasn’t had enough time on the road, with owners just yet.

However, when gauging the ownership experiences of Prius models over the past few years, many experts can offer reliability predictions instead. J.D. Power and Associates, along with their Associates Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), gives the Toyota Prius a strong three out of five stars. Overall, it’s expected to continue to be a reasonably reliable car.

The warranty coverages help make it dependable

Automakers can’t always predict future mechanical problems, which is why they offer warranties. If you’re concerned about what all might be covered with a new Toyota Prius, Toyota has several areas of mechanics listed in their warranty terms.

The basic warranty extends over a three-year or 36,000-miles, with powertrain protection for five years or 60,000-miles. Any hybrid-related components or technology are covered for an eight-year window or 100,000 miles.

What’s still missing from the Toyota Prius

The only real cons to this hybrid model might not necessarily be considered as deal-breakers. Some reviews dislike the lumbar and seat support, calling it mediocre at best.

It still sits relatively low to the ground, making climbing in and out somewhat challenging for some people. It does offer connectivity standards, as previously mentioned, like Apple CarPlay. But unfortunately, for Android users, Android Auto is still not available. Some experts dislike the infotainment cluster altogether, calling it a bit outdated.

As with any vehicle, there are bound to be glitches and problems. Some Prius owners complain about the burning of excessive oil, headlights turning off on their own, and even the windshield cracking easily. But for the most part, the Prius, along with its hybrid technology, is a reliable car.

And Toyota certainly has had plenty of time practice in order to make perfect. The Prius continues to be a fan favorite, and regardless of the various hiccups along the way, it deserves consideration.