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Base Key Features & Specs

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New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
48 City / 45 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 1.5L DOHC EFI VVT-i 16-valve 4-cyl engine
  • Electronic throttle control system w/intelligence (ETCS-i)
  • Hybrid system-inc: sealed nickel-metal hydride battery, integrated permanent AC synchronous electric motor, integrated regenerative brake system
  • Push-button start
  • Continuously variable transmission (ECVT)
  • Traction control (TRAC)
  • Front wheel drive
  • Independent MacPherson strut suspension w/stabilizer bar
  • Torsion beam rear suspension
  • P185/65R15 tires
  • T125/70D16 compact spare tire
  • 15" x 6" aluminum alloy wheels
  • Electric-assist pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr ventilated front disc/rear drum brakes w/electronic brake distribution
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)

Exterior Features

  • Color-keyed front/rear bumpers
  • Rear deck spoiler
  • Chrome-finish grille
  • Halogen headlamps w/auto-off feature
  • Dual color-keyed pwr mirrors
  • High solar energy-absorbing glass (HSEA)
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Intermittent rear window wiper
  • Color-keyed door handles

Interior Features

  • 4-way adjustable cloth front bucket seats w/adjustable headrests
  • Cloth 60/40 split fold-down rear bench seat w/fold-down center armrest & adjustable headrests for all seating positions
  • Center console armrest w/storage area & dual front/rear cup holders
  • (2) 12V auxiliary pwr outlets
  • Tilt steering wheel w/audio/climate/telephone controls
  • Central instrument display-inc: digital speedometer, fuel gauge, shift position indicator, odometer, twin tripmeters, warning lights
  • Multi-information LCD-inc: energy monitoring, exterior temp, fuel consumption, climate control, audio status modes
  • Direct tire pressure monitoring system
  • Pwr windows w/driver-side auto up/down & retained pwr feature
  • Pwr door locks w/anti-lockout feature
  • Remote keyless entry system w/2-stage unlocking, panic function, remote illuminated entry
  • Remote hood/fuel-filler door releases
  • Engine immobilizer
  • HD electric rear window defroster w/timer
  • AM/FM stereo radio w/CD player-inc: (6) speakers
  • Auto climate control-inc: humidity sensor, air filtration
  • Digital quartz clock
  • Dual compartment glove box
  • Fabric-trimmed door panels w/storage pockets, bottle holders
  • Overhead console w/maplights
  • Dual illuminated sun visors
  • (4) retractable front & rear passenger assist grips
  • Front & rear dome lights
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Cargo area side panel & under floor storage

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Driver/front passenger advanced airbags
  • Front seat-mounted side airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • 3-point seatbelts w/front pretensioners, force limiters, front passenger automatic locking retractor (ALR/ELR)
  • 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 (TRAC)
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Front/rear energy-absorbing crumple zones

Options & Packages

2008 Toyota Prius Owner Reviews

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Bought my Prius in a pinch turned out to be the best investment I've made.

2008 Toyota Prius Base

I bought my Prius used, it has one previous owner and roughly 115,000 miles on it. My favorite feature on this car is the backup camera, the screen is large and the image is clear. I have not had any issues mechanically with the Prius aside from the occasional dashboard light from low tire pressure or oil change notices. Tires are relatively cheap and who doesn't love paying $15-18.00 on a tank of gas. The A/C still blows cold and I love that I can choose the exact temperature I want the air to blow at. When I purchased my Prius I was told the battery would only last another two years, however, I am going on three years with no issues. I bought this car because I was in a pinch at the time and would have never considered a Prius otherwise but now that I have experienced all the wonderful features of this car I fully plan to purchase another just like it when my battery finally does give out.

- Sadie S

Prius: Hilariously Ordinary

2008 Toyota Prius Base

The 2008 Prius is an all-around solid vehicle. Mine has over 250k miles on it, and has only had one major issue: the catalytic converter. Given that the lifespan of the cat could be anywhere from 8-10 years, it certainly lived up to expectations. There is not much maintenance outside the normal oil changes and filter changes. Maintenance on the vehicle is very straightforward, as it is engineered with necessary parts in relatively easy to reach areas. Parts used are common sizes throughout all Toyota vehicles, so if you have other cars like a Sienna or Camry, you may end up being able to use some of the same filters, etc. The hybrid system hasn't had any major issues, and I haven't yet had to replace the hybrid battery.

- Jonathan O

Loyal to Prius 10 years - will replace with another Prius in future.

2008 Toyota Prius Base

I bought my silver prius in 2008 and have loved that car for the last 10 years. I currently have over 220,000 miles on it. I have driven it across the country several times and in all weather. This car is big enough to road trip with 4 adults and their luggage. (the trunk is large and the back sat folds down if needed.) It is a hybrid and still gets excellent mileage - about 50 mpg highway. . I've been very good about getting an oil change every 3000 miles, and am careful about getting new tires before they wear out. I also plan for necessary major 30k/60k/90k maintenance every 30k miles. I am looking to buy a new car in the next year and it will probably be another prius.

- Francine K

Money Saver: My Toyota Prius would save you loads of money.

2008 Toyota Prius Base

My Toyota Prius is really great. I get incredible miles per gallon, 43.8 miles per gallon. Owning a Prius in and of itself isn't enough, it also depends on how you drive. If you accelerate too quickly, your miles per gallon average will drop. Another benefit of my car is how quiet it is. While driving, I can actually enjoy some peace and serenity because I could hardly hear anything. The car is also fairly reliable. The only problem in this area that I have had is that sometimes the check engine light turns on, but after a couple of days it always turns off, even though I haven't done anything. The car is also fairly smooth just generally and turning both ways.

- Sergey V

Good vehicle with great gas mileage

2008 Toyota Prius Base

I have not had any really big problems with my Prius except for the fact that I park outside and rodents like to eat the covering on the wires in the engine. It is a big hassle and not a cheap fix to get the wiring redone. The only other problem I have is at night the light from the instrument panel makes a glare on the front windshield that is very annoying if you are driving for any length of time. One other thing that's annoying is the rubber on the latch on the hatchback melted and gets black goo on your fingers every time you open it. Dealership had no fix for the problem. I love the gas mileage though.

- Cynthia W

Reliable, Cost-Effective Vehicle

2008 Toyota Prius Base

I bought my Prius brand new in 2008. 11+ years later, it's still running with no problems. I change my oil and maintain the vehicle regularly, but I have loved the reliability of the car. Since it's a hatchback, it's also surprisingly spacious and comfortably seats 5 adults, or a trunk full of groceries, suitcases, etc. I have almost 200,000 miles on the car, and I still get over 40 mpg. It's less than $30 to fill up, and a tank lasts over 300 miles. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a reliable, eco-friendly and cost effective car.

- Sydney E

The efficiency of the Prius. The Prius is a Hybrid, a half gas, half electric

2008 Toyota Prius Base

The performance of the vehicle is quite maximum. It gets an average of 42 miles per gallon, and you don't have to fill up much too often. The Prius also is very smooth running. There is no noise from the engine or anything. The vehicle efficiently switches between electric and gas. If you are in town, going around 20 miles per hour, it switches to electric. If you are on the highway, it switches to gas. This is so you aren't wasting gasoline when you aren't going far.

- Chris M

Used 2008 Prius review from consumer

2008 Toyota Prius Base

I bought my Prius used with 75,000 miles 2 years ago. I live in Portland where there are tons of very tight streets. The Prius make navigating through and parking on these streets very convenient. It has saved me so much money on gas, getting 40 mpg on average and I have never spent more than 30 dollars filling my tank. Very comfortable, the hatchback trunk has TONS of room. The car doesn't stick out in the front or back which improves visibility

- Rebecca S

Low Term Cost Ride 10 years in 10 more with luck

2008 Toyota Prius Base

It's a Toyota. It goes. And goes. The repair costs are low frequency but higher in price since I use the dealership near the beach. After ten years my Prius is beginning to show her age. Wear and tear over the years is building up. My plan is to add a new seat cover, new floor mats, and keep on. I've paid off the car loan and removed the full coverage portion of the insurance. My costs are now quite low and I want to them that way.

- Lana L

Prius has Unbelievable Longevity

2008 Toyota Prius Base

Little to no maintenance issues outside of regular upkeep. Great MPG for both local driving and highway driving. Comfortably seat 5 in the car. Incredibly easy to drive and park, even parallel parking. Trunk is surprisingly large with back seats that lower to increase trunk space when necessary. This car has continued to perform spectacularly even after 10 years of consistent use and wear and tear.

- Lauren P

It is a great car that saves money.

2008 Toyota Prius Base

The Prius drives quietly and smoothly. It gets great gas mileage and on average take about $15 to fill the tank and usually takes several trips about 50 miles each way before having to fill up. The design is sleek. I'd say the only complaint I'd have is the smaller interior. I am a tall woman, and while I do fit mostly comfortably, I'd say it might not be good for much longer drives.

- Tara P

Awesome car that does well managing energy and providing comfort for the driver.

2008 Toyota Prius Base

I love my Prius, it has great gas mileage and shows you on the center screen how the energy is transferred throughout the vehicle. The rear view camera has been a life saver, making it significantly easier to navigate in reverse. Though it may seem like a smaller vehicle the space it well designed. When the back seats are down it just opens up and can carry large items.

- Ingrid C

Summarize white car Toyota

2008 Toyota Prius Base

I love my Toyota Prius it's a great car because mileage in the city is about 42 miles per gallon. I have had this car for about two years and it has saved me hundreds in gas. I have nothing mechanical wrong with my Toyota Prius just the normal changing of oil and brakes. It's a great investment if your thinking about a Prius! I give my car FIVE STARS!

- Samantha U

The back up camera makes a beeping sound so you know you are in reverse.

2008 Toyota Prius Base

My 2008 Toyota Prius performance is unmatched. It gets over 30 miles to a gallon and runs on batteries and fuel. I have had to replace the batteries only once in 11 years. It is a super reliable car and fun to drive. The seats go all the way down for comfort on a long trip. My car features are top notch. It has a great back up camera and GPS.

- Brittany A

The car is very quiet even at a high speed.

2008 Toyota Prius Base

It performs well. The car is economical in gas because it is a hybrid. It provides a very comfortable drive/ride for the driver and passengers. Some problems can become major, especially if the main battery is the issue. Replacing the main battery is very expensive. Other than that there have been no major problems. It still is very reliable.

- John D

Display features & target for theft.

2008 Toyota Prius Base

The only problem I have had so far is having the catalytic converter stolen. The Prius is a target. I have had it replaced and now when I drive it something rattles and it just feels slightly different. I wish the display had better features. For example, I can only connect my phone to use calling features. There is no option to play music.

- Erica M

Prius is very wonderful- recommend!

2008 Toyota Prius Base

It's been really reliable up until recently. But it's over 10 years old, so I'd say that's pretty good. The mileage even by today's standards is incredible. It's made back its cost in savings on gas at least 3 times over since we bought it. I plan on getting a newer version of it when this one gives out. Great car. I love it.

- Isabella A

One great feature is the speedometer, alerting exact speed for safer driving.

2008 Toyota Prius Base

Overall, a wonderful vehicle. This car has driven across country, coast to coast, at least 4 times and still runs almost like new. It's great on gas, even if you're a heavy accelerator, and has innovative interior features. Not much of an off road vehicle, but its compact, energy efficient, and great for city driving.

- Christina O

Toyota's Reliability is Shown in the Prius

2008 Toyota Prius Base

It really has the Toyota reliability! The vehicle already has around 220,000 miles and it drives like new. Aside from repairs from a minor crash, the vehicle has not needed any repairs other than regular oil changes and tires. It is really spacious on the inside and you really can't beat the outrageous 40+ mpg.

- Victor M

My Toyota Prius review: Excellent all around

2008 Toyota Prius Base

I love my Toyota Prius! I save so much money on gas, and spend less time filling up. It runs great all the time, I keep up with the recommended routine maintenance and have had no problems internally with it. Even though I have a later model, the design is so simple and sleek it still looks quite modern.

- Amelia A

A quiet and reliable car. I would recommend it to anyone.

2008 Toyota Prius Base

This is a very reliable car that is also economical and friendly to the environment. I would recommend anyone looking for this type of vehicle to consider a Prius as their next purchase. The maintenance requirement is minimal and if the vehicle is taken care of, it will have minimal repair issues.

- Miguel S

Prius: a great commuter car

2008 Toyota Prius Base

The gas mileage is great, it is convenient and an awesome commuter car. Despite the cars appearance, it has a lot of storage. It has a great turn radius. There are a lot of blind spots and pretty low to the ground. The air filters constantly need to be changed. The tires pressure also varies greatly.

- Sierra C

Great gas mileage needs nothing.

2008 Toyota Prius Base

It is great on gas and needs nothing everything works well on it. Has hands free. Six disc CD changer. Overall it is a good car I would like something else. Newer tires oil changes are about all you need. I have had it for about 8 years like I said great gas mileage and costs $20-30$ to fill up.

- Jesse S

The best vehicle we have own. Lights work really good.

2008 Toyota Prius Base

The vehicle runs great. Have had few Issues' nothing serious considering the age of the car. Fixed breaks, electrical issues. But gas mileage is amazing. We would for sure get another Prius. We have travelled with this car. Runs smoothly don't even know when started. So quiet.

- Helen F

Reliable, Comfortable Prius

2008 Toyota Prius Base

I have had no problems with my Prius. It is a very reliable and safe car! The seats are comfortable and there is plenty of room in the car. My Prius has seen many road trips and fit more than you could imagine inside! There are 150,000+ miles on my car, but it runs like new!

- Courtney L

Amazing mileage saver! Must buy!

2008 Toyota Prius Base

It is an amazing vehicle! The mileage on this thing is just surreal. Plus it is very comfortable and reliable. Barely had any problems at all through the years. Had to change brake-pads and tires, and that was all. People that ride in my car absolutely love it! A must-buy!

- Ruben M

The renewable energy battery recharges itself while you drive.

2008 Toyota Prius Base

The car drives really well and very great for in city driving. It is very easy to control everything within the car and to adjust as you go along on your drive. The only problems I have had are from damage that happened to the car before it came into my possession.

- Marie A

My Love the gas mileage is awesome

2008 Toyota Prius Base

I love the gas mileage, so far I've calculated 500 miles to a tank. . I love the space it's amazing how much can fit in this compact car. The roughest part is being prepared for replacing the battery. They are very pricey but last ten years so there's another plus.

- Samantha W

It's an incredibly compact vehicle that looks ugly but dang the gas mileage!

2008 Toyota Prius Base

I have no problems except for headlights going out! It is an incredible car that gets 50 mpg consistently! The color is a little ugly but the car holds its value money wise! I love this car!! The car is very lightweight and compact! Doesn't get any easier to park!

- Erik C

Good compact car for gas saving people.

2008 Toyota Prius Base

Great on gas. Comfortable for me, my boyfriend is a bigger build guy and he is not too comfortable in it for long periods of time. Had one minor issue with it when it had a recall that I didn't fix. Besides that no major problems with any of the electrical issues.

- Jen P

Prius 2008 original battery still getting 45 mpg.

2008 Toyota Prius Base

Gets 45 mpg original battery. Everything works, cruise, ac, power windows locks, no rust. Brakes are good needs nothing. Color is gray. Sometimes the rear door latch holds up. Car can use a new set of tires. Engine always see full synthetic oil, miles 196,000.

- vincent M

200,000 Miles and Still Going Strong

2008 Toyota Prius Base

Toyota Prius was one of the first cars to be built as a hybrid from the ground up. The gas mileage has traditionally been higher than nearly any other hybrid. We have driven this car for 11 years and have over 200,000 miles on it, and it is still going strong.

- Kent T

It's like a little tank ?

2008 Toyota Prius Base

I love my Toyota Prius - it's like a little tank. As long as you take care of it and perform regularly scheduled maintenance, it will basically go for forever. I have not had any issues with the hybrid battery yet, and I average 42 miles per gallon.

- Claire H

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