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Toyota Hybrid Owners Discuss Reliability and Battery Length with Surprising Feedback

We asked owners of Toyota Prius and other hybrids about their reliability. You will not believe how long their vehicles last.


My feeling has always been that if I want true feedback on anything, it is best to ask those who are deeply involved in the topic or subject.

Like a Toyota hybrid vehicle, for example. Maybe a Toyota Prius or a Camry Hybrid or Highlander Hybrid or RAV4 Hybrid. You get the point.

I received so much feedback from a recent Torque News story on Toyota Hybrid battery cost and length I wrote that I had to follow up.

This time, on Toyota Prius and other hybrid reliability.

Toyota Prius reliability

2021 Toyota Prius Electric Storm Blue profile view

I asked readers of my Torque News / Toyota News column and viewers of my “Toyotajeff” YouTube channel for their thoughts on Prius, Camry Hybrid, RAV4 Hybrid and other Toyota Hybrids.

Really good and insightful thoughts and comments.

Merlin wrote. “209,000 miles on my 2006 Prius still on original battery. I had a 210k 2005 Prius and one of the battery modules went bad and I replaced myself for $7 and car ran great. Ultimately the best thing to do is get a brand-new battery can't escape age for long.”

Kalpesh gave thoughts too. “Very informative post. I have 3rd Gen Prius III, 180,000 miles, traction battery runs good, mileage goes down from 51 to 45.6 over 10 years but runs good.”

“This is great news. Thanks. We have a 2013 Prius with less than 70,000 miles. It is reassuring to hear of folks with 200,000 or 300,000+ miles and still going strong. Love our Prius!” Exclaimed Frank.

Nicolas shared his insights. “I have a 2006 Highlander Hybrid AWD. I had the battery replaced for $1,650 US at Greentech Auto. They came to the parking lot of a business I stopped at and came with a rebuilt battery. That was nearly 3 years ago at 120,000 miles or 192,000 kilometers with a 2-year warranty. No problem since. Toyota's warranty was 10 years or 100,000 miles or 160,000 km on 2006 Highlanders sold in warm States. I suppose the cold weather takes some life out of the hybrid battery.”
- How long does Toyota Hybrid battery last, according to an expert.
- Why 2021 Toyota Prius uses both Lithium-ion and Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries.

Side note: the current Toyota hybrid battery warranty is now 10 years or 150,000 miles. Really strong and can give solid peace of mind for owners and their families.

More Toyota Hybrid feedback

2021 Toyota Prius Supersonic Red profile and front end

Fred had a valuable maintenance suggestion to share. “Critical. Go to Toyota and get the filter for the fan inlet $14! It will really make a difference. You need to keep the cooling fan clean. It’s super simple to install right over top of the intake grill on the back door column. This generation didn’t have as much problem and gen2. But still get the filter unless it came with one installed. My 2011 did not. So, I slapped one on. If you have pets or have a really dirty environment in the car this is especially important. Poor cooling will definitely shorten battery life!”

Thanks for the tip Fred.

Randy is the epitome of Toyota loyalty. “Our Toyota family includes a 2007 Prius, 2008 Highlander Hybrid, and 2012 Prius. The 2007 and 2008 both have over 220,000 miles and no work on the hybrid systems. The 2012 is at 140,000 and nothing there either. Our next vehicle...if I can get my hands on one...will be a RAV Prime to replace the Highlander!”

“Swapped out hybrid battery at 256k miles. One cell was bad. Prius specialist mechanic said we should change whole battery out because in his experience when 1 cell fails another one would likely fail soon after, again and again.” Another practical tip Johnathan. Thanks for sharing.

YOU MAY ENJOY: My video shows how a Toyota Prius Prime works. I hope you find it interesting and helpful.

David commented. “I have a 2001 Prius with original hybrid battery. I've never had to repair or replace the hybrid battery. My uncle was the original owner of this car in Illinois until he sold it to me when he upgraded to 2nd generation Prius. Since then, it has been with me in Massachusetts and Vermont. Perhaps these colder climates have contributed to battery longevity.” Interesting theory David.

“I work as a delivery courier. My 2016 Prius C currently has 420,000 miles on it and the battery is fine. How you use the car seems to affect the battery lifespan.” Absolutely incredible story John. Keep it going.

Tony is having great luck so far. “I have a 2015 with 270k no battery issues!!! I have gone through 4 sets of tires and an oil change every 10k I would like to make it to 500k one day!!!!!!”

Time for your thoughts on Toyota Hybrid

I would love for you to share your stories about the vehicles you own. The best new stories come from car owners and fans themselves, I find.

It is fascinating.

What do you drive now and how many miles does it have so far? Tell me about its reliability.

Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story when I discuss how to get out of a sticky spot with your Tacoma and 4Runner locking rear differential.

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Vicky Thorland-Oster (not verified)    February 16, 2021 - 11:14PM

I had a 2010 PRIUS until a deer stepped in front of me. I had 183000 miles on my Prius and believed I had another 100000 miles to go. I loved my car. Now have a 2019 Prius. Hope for another 200000 miles!

Jack Gonzalez (not verified)    February 17, 2021 - 1:16AM

My 2015 Prius is definetly the most reliable car I've ever owned. 170 k and the only part I had to change was the ice water pump at 165 k miles. The rest, just regular maintenance. Battery still strong.

Andrew Bauman (not verified)    February 17, 2021 - 6:42AM

We bought a 2010 Prius in 2012 from Enterprise Rent a Car. 180k miles. Not a single repair or issue and it's now a perfect car for my college attending daughter.

JULIUS ROSEN (not verified)    February 17, 2021 - 8:24AM

It's really incredible to hear a longevity of Toyota products. We had a Corolla 45 years ago and it did very well for us and an Avalon 20 years ago. I just wish the pricing on the regular gas cars were a little more competitive but it's so nice to see people who doing 200,000 miles on a regular basis

Dervis Cilekci (not verified)    February 17, 2021 - 8:33AM

I bought 2011 Toyota Prius on 117k mileage, and batteries died on 134k mileage. I always keep air filter clean. I maintained my car so we'll. Nothing worked to keep my car alive. Its battery died 70 miles away from my house which was too bad experience for me.Toyota dealer refused to replace the battery because warranty is not working for 134k hybrid car which is too bad for toyota. It means that toyota does not rely on their cars. I think it is too early for hybrid cars to buy.

Howard Goodman (not verified)    February 17, 2021 - 11:16PM

In reply to by Dervis Cilekci (not verified)

Two weeks ago my 2012 Prius Hybrid died because my combustion engine was getting old and smoking badly. Nothing wrong with the hybrid. Oh, the death was at 464,000 miles! And I took a picture of the odometer to prove it. I now have a 2018 Prius Prime which should last til the Toyota Murai becomes available nationally with the hydrogen fuel cells.

Grant (not verified)    February 17, 2021 - 9:20AM

There is no real hybrid warranty. Tesla does have warranty that states specific percentages of degradation. Toyota doesn't! As long as it can light a flashlight, Toyota doesn't have to do squat! As when they stonewalled my family, leaving us to purchase the traction battery ourselves. Toyota has no honor!

Brian (not verified)    February 17, 2021 - 9:25AM

2013 Prius with 315,000 running strong. I drive 15,000 miles each month as a courier. This is my 5th Prius and you can't beat the 3rd generation for value. Also have a 2014 with 250,000 miles on the original battery.

Chris Moschini (not verified)    February 17, 2021 - 10:05AM

2006 Toyota Prius gen 3. Started at around 50mpg and has slowly fallen to 48mpg over the past 15 years. 120k miles on it, original battery, original, nearly everything, except for tires, oil, the usual stuff.

2 major maintenance events:

* 1 week ago I started it in my apt complex parking lot and it sounded like a Harley. I pulled back in and noticed a broken gasket and spring on the pavement. Some a****le had stolen my catalytic converter! Cut it out of the middle of the car and caused more damage in the rush amounting to $4000 in repairs.

* In 2010 I was driving up a mountain and nearly every warning light possible came on. Including one that honestly looked like an apple falling on a Prius. Gravity warning? I had it towed to the nearest dealership, and the Inverter Coolant Pump had failed. It was a common Recall issue in the early years of Gen 3. Very unlikely you'd get one with the old variety now but, may as well check if you buy used. They fixed it for free, didn't even have to pay for the tow.

So the main risk to Prius reliability: Thieves.

Linda mcgraw (not verified)    February 17, 2021 - 10:14AM

I’ll add my voice. I have a 2004 Prius with 238,000 miles- no work, no problems. It’s had a hard life as my “farm mobile” for many years. No complaints, this girl is beyond reliable and still gets great mileage. My gas station guy tells me he continues to marvel at how infrequently Prius owners come in to fill up.

Brad Kitson (not verified)    February 17, 2021 - 12:13PM

2007 with 377,500 miles. Original battery. One brake job. 46.5 mpg on most recent fill up.

Steve Senchuk (not verified)    February 17, 2021 - 2:06PM

I purchased my first Prius in 2008 and put 175,000 kms on it with no problems. Sold it privately then bought a 2016 new. It also was great but had no conversion for mileage from miles to kms. We put about 7,000 kms on it and had a young driver in a full size GM pickup run across us at 55 mph. He was doing maybe 35 when we T boned him and wrote off the car. We walked away with NO INJURIES! Truly amazing safety features. One month later, I had a new 2017 delivered 1200 miles away to my Florida home from Canada. The only negative thing I remember from the 2008 while driving in Ontario in snow was that they sit too low to the ground and push snow when it is too deep.

Chacko (not verified)    February 17, 2021 - 2:36PM

Glad to hear from Prius users of great battery performance. I have a 2006 Prius but has only 6000 miles on it. The hybrids battery seems great but 12volt battery died after 10 years of use and now a second one after 5 years. Got recharged & back to running but I am Planning to get a new 12v battery.

Matt Freitas (not verified)    February 17, 2021 - 2:42PM

Own two Toyota Prius Plus. One 2010 with 185k the other is 2019 with just 12k.
With the pandemic we stopped driving either very much. Eventually the 2010 went completely dead. Next week we're going to have Toyota revive it. It will probably need a new starter battery. And we've heard that the seals could be a problem but we're anxious to see how the 2010 will do once we get it going again
We have never had a major service on either car and never a battery problem so now that we're vaccinated and free we're hoping our Toyotas will be ready!

Eduardo Saldana (not verified)    February 17, 2021 - 4:42PM

I have 275,000 on my Prius and it's running well. 2008 Gray Prius. Best investment I have made in a car.

Grant E Aumua (not verified)    February 17, 2021 - 6:09PM

I have a 2013 Prius with 130000 miles on it still going strong. Had no worries driving in this snowy cold weather the last few days it didnt miss a beat.
Just spent a bit of cash on some Michelin Cross Climate tyres well worth the investment.

Matthew Brady (not verified)    February 17, 2021 - 9:25PM

I have a 2011 Prius with 252,000 miles on it. Original batteries (both) this is the absolute best most practical car I have ever owned.

David Hazel (not verified)    February 17, 2021 - 10:28PM

Wow, lot of couriers commenting. Well here's another one. I have my second Prius. A 2019 Prime I bought new and currently has 204,000 miles on it. No major repairs, just regular maintenance. Oil change every 10k. Transmission fluid exchange at 80k intervals. Still original brakes. Can't say enough on the reliability of this vehicle.

S (not verified)    February 23, 2021 - 7:50AM

My 2004 prius gen2 lasted for 16 years (driven off the lot), 293,000 miles on the original battery. I just bought a refurbished battery, and I'm about to see how many more miles I can rack up! :)

Scott (not verified)    February 23, 2021 - 10:35PM

I have a 2014 Prius C with "only" 92,000 miles on it, but I haven't had a single problem with it. It's reliable, gas efficient and handles surprisingly well in the snow. Great car! I'll definitely buy another Prius.

Tina Gleisner (not verified)    October 9, 2021 - 9:17PM

Feel like my 2021 Highlander Hybrid is a lemon ... my 7th Toyota!

1st replacement tire < 1,000 miles, 2nd replacement < 10,000.

Last week "hybrid warning screens" & next day, Toyota blamed insurance company tracker (in car 4+ months). Week later, more "hybrid warning screens" & they wanted me to pay $200 for diagnostics because car was in accident. Accident was body work done at different Toyota dealer so blaming me for "dust on the hybrid parts" sounds bogus. Manager finally agreed to cover 1 hr of diagnostics - the repair was to reattach/tighten lead to battery?

Makes me doubt skill level of hybrid technicians & my gut says I'll be back there within 2-3 weeks as they haven't found the real problem.

Not sure what to do? and right now I just want a different car as this is a lemon!