2006 Toyota Prius Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Seaside Pearl
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$6,674 - $8,561
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test
MPG (up to)
48 City / 45 HWY
Horsepower
76
Seats
5

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Toyota Prius Models & Trims

5dr HB $6,674 - $8,561
Horsepower: 76 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 15 x 5.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.58

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.

Noah K
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Toyota Prius 2006: is it worth it?

The problem with the 2006 Toyota Prius is that it is not very efficient. Driving the car itself is hard because it takes forever to get from 0 mph to just 30 mph. The engine is too loud when I try to speed up. Also the check engine sign/tire pressure sign/the 'problem' sign, pops up every 2-3 months. The one perk about the car is the gas mileage. I also hate the box shape of the car, but the trunk does have a decent amount of space. You can put down the back seats for additional room which is also a nice feature.

Kayla A
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My experience with my 2006 Toyota Prius.

I love driving my Prius. I get about 45mpg which far surpasses any other vehicle I could have. I bought it used so all things considered, it is been reliable. I have replaced the hybrid battery, the abs modulator and the throttle body. It should now drive another 100k miles which really excites me! I am 5'3" and about 220lb and I am comfortable driving. One thing I do not like is how limited I am with the stereo. The is no AUX jack and I cannot play my devices over the radio so I am limited to the radio or CDs.

Rebecca C
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Compare Models & Key Features

Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$6,674 - $8,561

Horsepower

Horsepower
76 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
1.5L DOHC SFI VVT
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Not Available

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional

HeadsUp Display

HeadsUp Display
Not Available

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
Not Available

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
Not Available

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Not Available

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional

Driver Restriction Features

Driver Restriction Features
Not Available

Automatic Parking

Automatic Parking
Not Available

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.9 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.1 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
38.6 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.1 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
Not Available

Cargo Volume

Cargo Volume
Not Available

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional

Entertainment System

Entertainment System
Not Available

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Not Available

WiFi Hotspot

WiFi Hotspot
Not Available

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Not Available

AUX Input

AUX Input
Not Available

CD Player

CD Player
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Standard

AC

AC
Not Available

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
Not Available

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Cell PhoneHookup
Not Available

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Not Available

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
Not Available

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Not Available

Heated Rear Seats

Heated Rear Seats
Not Available

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats
Not Available

Cooled Rear Seats

Cooled Rear Seats
Not Available

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
Not Available

3rd Row Seating

3rd Row Seating
Not Available

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard

Seat Massage

Seat Massage
Not Available

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Not Available
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate
Not Available

Hands Free Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate
Not Available

Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror
Not Available

Bed Liner

Bed Liner
Not Available

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Standard

Running Boards

Running Boards
Not Available

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P185/65R15

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
106.3 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
33.5 (ft.)

Length

Length
175 (in.)

Width

Width
67.9 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2890 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
76 (hp)

Torque

Torque
82 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Capacity
Not Available

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
Not Available

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Trailer Hitch Receiver
Not Available

Gas Electric Hybrid

Gas Electric Hybrid
Standard

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid
Not Available

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric Gas
Not Available

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel
Not Available

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
Not Available

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Not Available

Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential
Not Available

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Not Available

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
11.9 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
47 (mpg)

City

City
48 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
45 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Active Suspension
Not Available

Air Suspension

Air Suspension
Not Available

Stance Suspension

Stance Suspension
Not Available

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Not Available

Overdrive

Overdrive
Not Available

CTV Transmission

CTV Transmission
Standard
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

Tow Hooks
Not Available

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Not Available

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Optional
Optional

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
Not Available

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Not Available

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Not Available

Night Vision

Night Vision
Not Available

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Not Available

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Keeping Assist
Not Available

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
Not Available

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
Not Available

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch
Not Available

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Optional
Optional

Rear Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag
Optional
Optional

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Optional
Optional

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Optional
Optional

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
Not Available

Seatbelt Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag
Not Available

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

Overall
Front
Side
Rollover

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
G
Side
G
Roof Strength
N/A
Driver-side Overlap Front
N/A
G
Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system *
  • Driver/front passenger advanced airbags
  • 3-point seatbelts w/front pretensioners & force limiters
  • Adjustable front seatbelt shoulder anchors
  • Driver & front passenger seatbelt warning sensor
  • Rear seat Child Restraint System/lower anchor points & top tether anchors
  • Child protector rear door locks
  • Traction control *
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Front/rear energy absorbing crumple zones
  • Internal trunk release handle

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

‌Overall
Mechanical
Powertrain Quality
Body & Interior Design
‌Features
Among the best
Among the best
Among the best
Among the best

Safety Recalls (4)

Equipment Feb 3, 2010
Report Receipt Date:
Feb 3, 2010
NHTSA Campaign:
10V036000
Summary:
SOUTHEAST TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2005-2011 PASSENGER VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 110, "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS." THESE VEHICLES WERE SOLD WITHOUT THE REQUISITE LOAD CARRYING CAPACITY MODIFICATION LABELS.
Consequence:
A DRIVER MAY OVERLOAD A VEHICLE WHICH MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL MAIL TO CONSUMERS THE CORRECTED LABEL OR THE CUSTOMER WILL HAVE THE OPTION FOR DEALERS TO INSTALL THE LABEL FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 27, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SOUTHEAST TOYOTA AT 1-800-301-6859.
Steering > Electric Power Assist System May 30, 2006
Report Receipt Date:
May 30, 2006
NHTSA Campaign:
06V188000
Summary:
THE INTERMEDIATE SHAFT AND SLIDING YOKE IN THE ELECTRIC POWER STEERING SYSTEM CAN CRACK WHEN LARGE FORCES ARE APPLIED AND THE CONNECTION MAY SEPARATE OR THE SLEEVE MAY FRACTURE.
Consequence:
THIS COULD RESULT IN A LOSS OF STEERING CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE.
Remedy:
TOYOTA WILL REPLACE THE STEERING INTERMEDIATE SHAFT AND INSPECT THE SLIDING YOKE AND REPLACE IT IF NECESSARY. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JUNE 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.
Steering Nov 14, 2012
Report Receipt Date:
Nov 14, 2012
NHTSA Campaign:
12V537000
Summary:
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2004-2009 Prius vehicles manufactured August 5, 2003, through March 30, 2009. The affected vehicles have a steering intermediate extension shaft assembly built with metal splines that complete the connection from the steering wheel to the steering gear. These splines may have been manufactured with an insufficient hardness.
Consequence:
Over time, the splines may wear and eventually fail resulting in a loss of steering ability, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the extension shaft and replace it if it is one with insufficient hardness, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2012. Owners may contact their Toyota dealer or the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.
Engine And Engine Cooling Nov 14, 2012
Report Receipt Date:
Nov 14, 2012
NHTSA Campaign:
12V536000
Summary:
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2004-2009 Prius vehicles manufactured August 6, 2003, through March 30, 2009 and FCHV-adv vehicles manufactured December 12, 2008, through September 13, 2011. During manufacturing, a scratch may have occurred inside of the electrically driven water pump at the coil wire. The coil wire may corrode at the scratched portion.
Consequence:
The corroded coil wire may break and the water pump could stop. The corroded coil wire could cause a short circuit between coil wires and a possible open fuse, creating a stall-like condition of the hybrid system while the vehicle is being driven. This may increase the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify its owners, and dealers will replace the electric water pump, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact their Toyota dealer or the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.

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