2002 Toyota Prius Review

2002 Toyota Prius photo
  1. Original MSRP$20,480
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)42/41 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSedan

User Reviews for 2002 Toyota Prius

4.7
6 Reviews
5 Star

66.7%

4 Star

33.3%

3 Star

0%

2 Star

0%

1 Star

0%

Interior

4.8

Exterior

4.5

Performance

4.5

Family

4.5

Cost

4.8

by Elaine on April 22, 2020

You can't go wrong with a Prius
"Don't let the thought of owning a Prius scare you. I've had mine for several years and it's a solid car, low repairs and easy maintenance."
Interior

5.0

Easy to clean and maintain
Exterior

5.0

Easy to buff out dings and dents
Performance

5.0

Solid performance, easy to maintain and work on
Family

5.0

Lots of legroom, and deep, soft seats
Cost

5.0

Repairs are low and easy to find

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by donstarnes on July 19, 2019

Best. Car. Ever.
"A lot less smog than gas-only cars. Good gas mileage. Lasts forever."
Interior

5.0

Simple, with a good mix of analog and digital controls.
Exterior

5.0

Simple, clean lines
Performance

5.0

Goes reasonably soon when you hit the gas pedal, stops when you hit the brakes, steers responsively like a sports car.
Family

4.0

I'm six feet tall: it works well for me. Taller people may have some issues.
Cost

5.0

Lasts forever: mine is still going strong after 17 years. Little maintenance needed. Will need new batteries some day: those aren't that expensive, if you buy recelled batteries.

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by StealthHybridOwner on July 18, 2019

Ist Gen. (2001-2003) Prius
"1st gen looks like an Echo, so you have the stigma of an ultra-compact, but you are spared the embarrassment of being seen in the ridiculous-looking, newer body-style Prius. Pretty peppy off the line with electric boost, but no speedster; uphill at 65 sounds like the little 3-banger is giving it all it's got. Very skittish handling, needs constant attention and steering input to keep it from wandering. Wind blows it all over the road. Rear brakes are DRUMS! But, really tight turning circle makes it very nimble in town, plus small size is an easy park. Plenty of interior room, good sized trunk. ALERT!! Traction battery life is primarily a function of AGE, not so much charge cycles or mileage, so beware---it will cost $2500 to replace it (bought my 15-year-old with 48K miles on it (!) for $5000, but battery died in a year. I'm getting 40mpg, so 450+ miles between fill-ups. Overall, it's practical and with a lot of $ sunk into it, I'll have it for the long term."
Interior

4.0

Spacious for a small car, simple and clean. Dash reflects on the windshield; at night, dash lights reflect, too. Annoying. Oddly, side visibility is poor, A-pillars are wide.
Exterior

3.0

Ugly little subcompact car, but that's the price of practicality. I pried off the hybrid badges, so no one knows it's a Prius.
Performance

3.0

Good enough for the efficiency it affords. Decent 0-30 acceleration. Wouldn't want to take it cross-country or operate in a mountainous environment. Really struggles to maintain highway speeds on an incline (no way it's going up the Grapevine on Interstate 5 at the limit.
Family

4.0

Sure. Two kids max.
Cost

4.0

Paid a premium ($5000) for the low miles (48K) when I bought it used, but no one at the Toyota dealership clued me in that the traction battery (at 15 years) was aged at least 3-4 years past its useful life (age kills traction batteries). It lasted a year and I spent half the original purchase price to to replace it ($2500). Recently had 60K service for just under $600; struts and axle boots coming next at about the same. You will pay a premium for a shop that specializes in hybrids. Can't change the rear brake pads myself because they are DRUMS. Who since 1990 makes a car with drum brakes?!! BTW, brake wear is much reduced because the motors contribute a braking force when they generate electricity for the battery during braking. Very good mileage.

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