Toyota Prius (2016–)
Five star Euro NCAP rating. 92% adult occupant safety, 82% child safety, 77% pedestrian safety, 85% safety assist.
Generous level of standard equipment with plenty of safety technology, including adaptive cruise control and road sign recognition.
Spacious cabin with room for four adults.
Extremely easy and relaxing to drive.
Can tow 725kg (Link to list of micro caravans)
Every Toyota Hybrid vehicle comes with a 5-year 100,000 mile Toyota warranty, which – with an annual hybrid service - extends the cover on the hybrid battery for up to 15 years. Replacement battery cost for the Prius hybrid is £1,205.29.
What to watch out for
Official fuel economy figures aren't very realistic for real-world driving.
Navigation is only standard on top trim.
Toyota hybrid warranty has changed. Now only 5 years / 100k miles as standard, but can be extended annually for the next 5 years by having a Hybrid Health Check (currently £39).
17-12-2019: Catalytic Converter Theft Protection. This is one make of clamp: http://www.catsafe.org.uk/ This is the type recommended by Toyota: https://www.vtstore.co.uk/accessories/security/catloc-catalytic-converter-lock This is Toyota's advice: https://blog.toyota.co.uk/catalytic-converter-theft-how-to-protect-your-car
2-2-2018: Just-Auto.com reports: "Toyota Motor North America is recalling 49,000 2016 Prius and Lexus RX vehicles and 2015 – 2016 Lexus NX vehicles to fix and airbag problem. The automaker's Australian unit is recalling 24,000 Corolla, HiLux , Fortuner and Prius models produced from June 2015 until December 2015 for a similar reason. The vehicles have airbag systems where an open circuit could be created over time. If this were to occur, the air bag warning light will illuminate and the side and curtain shield air bags and/or front air bags may not deploy. Air bag non-deployment, obviously , could increase the risk of injury to the occupants in the event of a crash. Dealers will check the serial number of the sensors and replace them, if necessary, at no cost to owners. All known US keepers will receive a notification starting late in March 2018. In Australia, Toyota said due to two separate manufacturing issues, there is a possibility insulation layers of IC chips could peel over time, creating an open circuit in the IC chip. If this occurs, the airbag warning light will illuminate. Additionally, the side/curtain shield airbags and/or front airbags, may become deactivated."
14-9-2018: Toyota is recalling 32,393 Prius, Prius Plug-in and C-HR Hybrid models in the UK due to an electrical problem. The safety notice is for Hybrid models manufactured between October 2015 and May 2018. The issue is thought to affect more than one million cars worldwide. The problem involves the engine wire harness which is connected to the hybrid vehicle power control unit. A portion of the wire harness without a protector could contact the connector cover and wear over time, possibly causing an electrical short circuit. Toyota says there have been no reports of any accidents or injuries relating to this issue. Dealers will check the engine wire harness assembly and, if damaged, the assembly will be replaced with a new one that includes a protector. If no damage is found, a protective covering will be fitted over the insulation.
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