A brief overview of the reliability of the 2006 Prius
My car is extremely comfortable and reliable, handles well on the road, and feels very safe to drive. One thing to watch out for, however, if buying an older prius used is whether or not it has had its hybrid battery replaced. Mine had not, and 6 months after purchase I had to do the $2800 replacement myself out of pocket. There have been no other problems, and I save a mountain of cash on gas, but still that one hurt. The hatchback design and wider set rear also make things like parallel parking a bit more difficult, but there is a backup camera to help.