The Toyota Prius is one of the most polarizing vehicles on the market today, with a legion of fans convinced that they’re doing their part to save the world, and an equal number of detractors deriding it as nothing more than a status symbol for green-obsessed vanity hounds. Strip away the awful rhetoric, and the real issues surrounding the car still remain. Does the car deliver on its fuel economy claims? Are the running costs of the hybrid economically justifiable? And is the battery good enough to survive the long, hard miles that a lot of drivers put on their cars?
Consumer Reports decided to try and objectively measure what a Prius can deliver even after 10 years and 206,000 miles, using a 2001 model they previously tested as a baseline. The results were nearly identical, with a couple tenths here or there to be added or subtracted. This suggests that the battery is also in good shape even after 10 years, and while a new one costs between $2,200 and $2,600 from a Toyota dealer, a used one can be had for about $500. It’s also worth noting that the shocks and powertrain components are all original, which suggests that running costs are fairly low.
Overall, this seems like a bit of vindication for the longevity of the Prius, but as the saying goes “haters gon’ hate”, and we’re sure to see a refutation shortly.
[Source: Consumer Reports]