So what did Toyota get wrong with Prius? By looking at its faults could they improve the car at all for future iterations? We will attempt to do so here.
This is the biggest complaint. The car just doesn’t look good. It screams ECO car and doesn’t look fun to drive.
With a zero to sixty time about 10.1 seconds the 2004 Toyota Prius could be beaten by the Tesla so badly. With the Ludacris button the Tesla’s 0-60 is 2.8 seconds. Ouch.
The Small Traction Battery
With a little over 1 miles of traction battery range, I think they could have seriously done better and make the MPGs even better.
The Weather Stripping along the Hatchback
I can’t tell you how many of these Gen II cars (2004-2009) have puddles under the plastic storage compartments on each side at the rear.
Could it have been named anything else? Is the Prius one or many? If you have more than one should they be called Prii? This one really isn’t that bad but it seems like they could have come up with a better name than that.
Overall, as a true supporter of this Franchise, I can only hope they will improve the brand and increase the range of the Plug in Version. I applaud them for the MPGs these cars have and the longevity of their NiMH battery chemistry. They pioneered the category and I’m very glad they did. They became the leader in the field and promote the idea that gas mileage could be improved and help lower operating costs for its owners.
With the line extensions of recent times the Prius C and Plug In Prius have given the brand more reach into different segments and still provides the buyers will a low gas consumption car. While gas prices have slide recently, no one truly imagines that this price will last for very long once OPEC gets their act together. The Toyota Prius will always have a place.