"As a commute car it's fantastic. Great gas mileage, comfortable, the JBL stereo sounds good and the solar powered cabin ventilation and the ability to turn the air conditioning on remotely is great in hot weather.
I had a 2005 prior to the 2011 I just purchased and the only reason I upgraded was because I was rear-ended on the freeway. At 285,000 miles I was still happy with the older car. One feature I really like about the newer Prius is "PWR Mode." As the name suggests I gives the car more get up and go when driving around town and getting on the freeway. The computer lets the engine work at higher rpms and the electric motor can pull more amps from the hybrid battery. Sure, mpg's are slightly lower but for those days where you need a bit more fun, it provides that bit of extra acceleration.
My only dislike is a maintenance issue - why Toyota went with a oil cartridge instead of staying with a regular oil filter is lost on me. I do all my own maintenance so this item wasn't too well received.
The car looks brand new despite having 197,000 at the time of purchase. The bombproof paint that adorned the 2nd Gen Prius seems to have carried over too.
A great buy."