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Can A Toyota Prius Battery Last 250,000 miles?

Have you ever wondered how long a Toyota Prius battery will last? We can help.

Jesse Rudavsky purchased his 2010 Toyota Prius used with about 42K miles on it. That was back in 2013. Jesse, like many Prius fans, knew that the Prius was one of the most reliable cars built. Still, how long would that original battery last? In Jesse's case, the answer is at least a quarter of a million miles.

That's Jesse's odometer reading in the image above. He told the Facebook Toyota Prius Owners Club that he has driven the car coast to coast (East to West and back) as well as from New England to Florida and back and "many places in between."

The truth is, Jesse knew that his battery pack could last that long. His 2002 Prius logged 349,531 miles before being totaled in an accident.

Torque News reached out to our local used Prius Expert, Chris Eldoueihi of 1A Auto Sales in Walpole, MA to ask if this was normal. 1A Auto sales focuses on the Prius, and has for a decade. Chris was not at all surprised that Jesse's Prius cars had seen such long battery life. He pointed out to Torque News that Prius batteries are warranted for 10 years or 150,000 miles in California-compliance states and eight years or 100,000 miles in non-California compliant state. In his experience, the batteries last about 12 to 15 years (the oldest Prius cars on the road are now 20 years old).

This good news for used Prius buyers since the Prius has one of the highest percentages of owners that keep the car longer than ten years.

Although Chris said that it is rarely necessary we asked him how much it costs to replace a Prius battery and he said the typical budget is about $800 and that his dealership has a network of battery suppliers. It isn't necessary to even go to a Toyota dealer, who can charge roughly triple that for a new replacement.

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Marc (not verified)    August 20, 2019 - 10:58AM

I'm looking to buy a 2011 prius with 88k miles that already has had it's traction battery replaced by the Toyota warranty. This is extremely early for a battery replacement. Is this a red flag for something else? Or a great buying opportunity, provided that the rest of the car is in good shape?

MAZ (not verified)    September 14, 2019 - 9:46PM

I have a 2005 Prius; batt is indicating need to change out. Can I ‘safely drive approx 500 mi over next 4days? Bay Area traffic need to attend classes for work. What is worse that could happen IF something goes wrong.
Thanks for ur help

Cleto Makado (not verified)    October 7, 2019 - 7:04PM

I wish I can find partnership in the Hybrid Cars like the Toyota Prius Eco. In my country they are still very few(countable) yet our fuel prices are rocketing and I think this would be a better option my people.

Joshua D Keeler (not verified)    January 22, 2020 - 7:19PM

My 2009 just bit the dust today with 272000 miles on it. Took it in and the dealer gave me a list of problems including exhaust work, plus replacing both batteries for close to 10K. So I'm going to get another one, since that gets me most of the way to a used one with under 100k miles on it that should last me another 5-7 years.

Antonio (not verified)    April 16, 2020 - 12:31PM

My 2013 Prius C finally laid to rest after a collision with a deer. 433,000 miles and it was still going strong without ANY engine or battery problems.

Jay (not verified)    April 27, 2020 - 11:10AM

I have a 04 prius. Just turned 200k. The original hybrid battery is finally showing signs that its at the end of its life. Still on original brakes. I have a decision to make but I'm leaning on installing a new battery. They've come down quite a bit.

Mark Tinker (not verified)    May 22, 2020 - 5:11PM

My 2007 Prius battery died at 109000 miles just outside the 100000 warranty and also my very pricey extended warranty. Dealer didn't care that I was just over the warranty period and charged me $3500 to replace. Was afraid to go with a second source supplier given the criticality of the part. Even better they only gave me a 1 year warranty on the battery. Toyota certainly knows how to keep their customers happy.

Tony Grego (not verified)    June 3, 2020 - 8:24PM

Can you tell me in Dallas texas where is the best place to get a new hybird battery for my 2007 prius. I was told the inverter pump quit working which meant the battery over heated and therefore needs a new hybird battery. Where in Dallas texas would you suggest to look

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Sue Wasserman (not verified)    July 28, 2020 - 9:08PM

I'm at about 245,000 miles. I replaced the starter battery last year but haven't had to replace the larger battery. It does, at this point, need a new gas tank and there's an issue with the catalytic converter, so I will be replacing with a new one, but it honestly still drives incredibly well. I just don't want to spend the money on the gas tank.

Abe Schlabach (not verified)    August 3, 2020 - 6:59PM

i have a 2006 Prius with 298,000 miles with only one start battery change. Main battery is doing fine as far as I can tell. I'm still getting 43 mpg so figure I'm still good to go.

Johna (not verified)    October 16, 2020 - 8:46PM

We have a 2011 Prius (bought new) and it's just hit 300k miles this week. We've always kept up the routine maintenence and only issue was with some electrical wiring at probably 2-3 years old. Still has original batteries. May be needing new brakes soon but it's been amazing overall. We will get one of the new hybrid Toyota Sienna's whenever it bites the dust but I figure we have several more years or more.

Kris (not verified)    November 21, 2020 - 12:10AM

My Prius is a 2010. Bought it for a commute over fifty miles one way. Currently there is over 210,000 miles on the hybrid battery and its fine. Still have to watch the speed on the highway, drives smooth & still getting over 50 MPG. In the winter with the heat on or on the rare occasion I use the air conditioning the mileage drops. The Prius MPG is tested on flat ground without the heat or air conditioning on. My husbands' Prius C is a 2012 and the hybrid battery died at 212000. . .