The Toyota Prius is a household name due to its history as the first mainstream hybrid auto and the one that made more people aware that these hybrid autos exist. The Prius has come a long way over the years but continues to offer amazing dependability. After all, the Prius is part of the Toyota lineup, which has received honors from IHS Automotive for having the longest-lasting vehicles of a full-line auto manufacturer. Anyone who has ever owned a Prius will tell you that the model lives up to the Toyota reputation, offering excellent reliability and low running costs.
When you look at specific Toyota Prius components, each tends to get high-reliability ratings. Just some of the components that consistently rate above average in terms of dependability include air conditioning, brake discs, brake pads, brake fluid, pollen filters, and bulbs. In fact, one of the rare areas that the Prius has lower ratings for reliability than the class average is the wiper blades, but that is an easy (and cheap) enough replacement that the average automotive owner will not mind.
Toyota has manufactured the Prius since December of 1997 and it has come a long way since then. Opting for a model from the last several years will get you the reliability of this hybrid along with features and styling of other Toyota models. Keep in mind that when it was released, the Prius was just a 4-door sedan; it then became a 5-door liftback in 2003, followed by a 5-door fastback in 2016.
One of the great things about the Toyota Prius is that those who want to take advantage of its dependability and hybrid powertrain but are unsure about the regular version now have multiple other variations to choose from. The Prius c is a smaller version while the Prius v is larger and the Prius Prime is a plug-in hybrid, offering something for every driver to appreciate in their hybrid. As a bonus, the Prius is continuously among the EPA’s top-rated autos for efficiency.