Talk:Toyota Prius

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Prius C[edit]

"Initial demand ... and the Aqua/Prius c is expected to be in short supply until Toyota increases production capacity."

The sales numbers of Aqua in Japan (Japan best selling vehicles in Jan, Feb, Mar 2012) say Toyota is increaing production capacity.


The article doesn't have any dimensions (L x W x H, weight)for any model Prius. Is there a reason for omitting dimensions?Santamoly (talk) 09:11, 6 February 2016 (UTC)

Hi Santamoy. This is the mother/core article about the Prius, and since each gen has different dimensions and other specs, those features are detailed only in the infobox of each of the articles that branch out from here to the specific generation. The infoboxes here are supposed to have only very general info. Cheers.--Mariordo (talk) 17:09, 6 February 2016 (UTC)

Journalists do report some safety issues[edit]

Toyota to settle lawsuit over Prius headlights that shut off without warning, Los Angeles Times, Ken Bensinger, Jan. 19, 2011.

"A review of the NHTSA database shows that 49% of all complaints about 2006 to 2009 Priuses were related to lighting, headlamps or visibility. That far outnumbers complaints of sudden acceleration or braking issues in the vehicles, both of which have led to recalls."

Let's try to cover this just right down the middle. FriendlyRiverOtter (talk) 20:38, 27 July 2017 (UTC)

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2013 Prius Persona[edit]

It appears that the 2013 Prius Persona SE was left out of the article. It came in three colors: Black Cherry Pearl, Barcelona Red and Blizzard Pearl. This was the only year/model of Prius that came in Black Cherry Pearl. (talk) 19:34, 1 December 2017 (UTC)Doug Mitchell (owner of a 2013 Prius Persona SE in black cherry pearl.

Find some references. Find which years it applied to (I saw hints at 2013 and 2015). Find which markets it applies to (US only, N.Anerica only, global?). Is it anything more than a colour and wheels trim package?  Stepho  talk  23:53, 1 December 2017 (UTC)

Prius Oil Consumption Design Defect[edit]

If you google the terms "prius oil consumption", large numbers of complaints will display regarding the 3rd generation Prius. As the car reaches about 80 to 110 kmiles, users report greatly increased oil consumption, often exceeding 1 quart per 1000 miles. When this starts, it is common for the engine to empty its own crankcase before the next oil change. If the user does not notice the low oil pressure warning on the display, he may loose the engine entirely. Once discovered, users need to frequently top off the oil to prevent running out the engine oil.

It might be suggested that there is no longer a need for regular oil changes as the oil does not remain in the engine long enough to need replacement.

Users report the oil is being burned. Typically there are no drippings. Heavy black soot will often be found in the exhaust pipe. Thus, the "green" aspect that attracted the buyers is reduced by the large amounts of oil being burned and emitted.

In the USA, the problem started with the 2010 year which shows over 100 complaints at The 2011 and later years are also starting to collect complaints as they age to the same mileage levels.

Toyota has done nothing to fix this for Prius owners.

Perhaps this should be written up in third generation Prius section? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:50, 4 January 2018 (UTC)

Have your google searches turned up any published articles from reliable sources that describe this defect? -- Fyrael (talk) 06:23, 5 January 2018 (UTC)

There are some youtube videos of people disassembling engines and finding clogged oil ports in the pistons. It also appears to be part of a greater problem such as the service campaign here for other toyota engines Here, Toyota extended coverage as part of a class action settlement. Prius was left out of the settlement.

Toyota has now published a Prius service bulletins at and

So, they know of the problem. But, since it happens after the 60000 mile engine warranty they apparently do not believe they have any obligation to the owners. (At least until another court case like the one cooking up here ) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:34, 8 January 2018 (UTC)