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Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.0
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2015 Toyota Prius Review

The 2015 Toyota Prius earns exceptional fuel efficiency ratings and boasts cargo space that rivals larger vehicles. But it’s not perfect. Its steering provides little feedback, and it struggles to accelerate up to highway speeds.

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding fuel economy
  • Excellent cargo room
  • Exceptional predicted reliability rating
  • Slow highway acceleration
  • Cheap-looking materials

2015 Toyota Prius Overview

Is the 2015 Toyota Prius a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Toyota Prius is a good car if you're looking for a daily driver with great gas mileage and lots of cargo and passenger space. However, it will disappoint you on the open road with its sluggish acceleration and dull handling. Additionally, that roomy interior is full of cheap-looking materials.

Used 2015 Toyota Prius Performance and Interior

The 2015 Toyota Prius comes with a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produce a combined 134 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard. This powertrain is sufficient for around-town driving, but it struggles to accelerate up to highway speeds.

The Prius stands out for its exceptional fuel economy. It earns 51 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway, which is tops among 2015 hybrids.

The Prius provides mostly comfortable driving, but it has numb steering, spongy brakes, and a soft suspension. This can cause its body to lean excessively when cornering and become unsettled over larger bumps.

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The 2015 Prius is a hatchback that seats five on standard cloth upholstery. SofTex leatherette upholstery and heated front seats are available. The seats are comfortable, supportive, and spacious – even in the back. The Prius’ rear outboard seats feature two complete LATCH systems, while the middle seat has a tether anchor.

Standard features include a 6.1-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, a USB port, Bluetooth, and push-button start. Available features include a moonroof, navigation, Toyota’s Entune smartphone app integration, and a head-up display.

The infotainment system is dated compared to rivals, but it's easy to use. It has a logical arrangement with simple buttons, but they're difficult for the driver to reach.

There is 21.6 cubic feet of cargo space in the Prius, which is a lot for a compact car. There is also space under the cargo floor, along with many in-cabin storage options.

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Used 2015 Toyota Prius Prices

Average prices for the 2015 Toyota Prius range from about $15,450 for a base model to around $19,300 for a top-of-the-line Five model.

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We Did the Research for You: 54 Reviews Analyzed

With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to pick the right used car. To help with your research, we've analyzed 54 Toyota Prius reviews, along with fuel economy estimates, safety and reliability scores, and much more.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Toyota Prius?

J.D. Power and Associates gives the 2015 Prius a rare five out of five predicted reliability score, which places it among the most reliable cars on the road.

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How Safe Is the Prius?

The 2015 Prius earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest score of Good in four of five crashworthiness categories. In the fifth – the small overlap front test – it earned the second highest score of Acceptable. It was also named an IIHS 2015 Top Safety Pick+. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Prius four out of five stars for overall safety. 

A rearview camera comes standard in the Prius. Available safety features include lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and a pre-collision system, which automatically applies the brakes if it detects a frontal collision is imminent.

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Should I Consider Another Used Prius?

The 2015 Prius is the last model of the Prius' third generation, which launched with the 2010 model. There were few changes during this generation, though the 2012 model received updated interior and exterior styling and a standard 6.1-inch touch screen, while the 2015 model added a standard rearview camera. It's worth shopping the 2012-2015 model years before making your final decision, since each model year is similar.

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Which Used Toyota Prius Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Toyota Prius comes in five trim levels: Two, Three, Persona Series, Four, and Five. For the best features go with the Prius Four. It comes with navigation, a rearview camera, smartphone integration, a 6.1-inch touch screen, and leatherette heated front seats. Some models come with a moonroof and automatic collision notification.

For extra peace of mind, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned Prius. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its CPO vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

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2015 Toyota Prius and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Prius or 2015 Honda Fit?

The subcompact Honda Fit isn’t a hybrid, so don't expect the same exceptional fuel economy as the Prius. But its 33/41 mpg rating (when equipped with the automatic transmission) is excellent for its class. Like the Prius, the Fit has a roomy interior and generous cargo space. Additionally, its cargo space is extremely versatile. Unlike the Prius, the Fit's interior materials are high-quality. The Fit is faster than most subcompact cars, though it could use a little more punch off the line, and it's fairly agile through turns. Both cars come with similar standard and available features, so unless you really want the extra miles per gallon, go with the Fit.

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Prius or 2015 Chevrolet Volt?

The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid that can run for an extended time on electric power only. In electric-only mode, the Volt can travel up to 38 miles before its gas engine kicks in. Once it does, it gets 35 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. The Volt has powerful acceleration when pulling away from a stop and impressive cornering skills. Compare that to the Prius' dull handling and sluggish acceleration. The Volt has an upscale interior, but it isn't as spacious as the Prius; it seats only four people with limited cargo space. If you want the best combination of performance and fuel efficiency, go with the Volt. If you want a roomy interior and plenty of cargo space, go with the Prius.

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Prius or 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The midsize Toyota Camry Hybrid won our 2015 Best Hybrid Car for the Money award, and for good reason. It has a spacious cabin, an easy-to-use infotainment system, and a solid hybrid powertrain. Its four-cylinder engine and electric motor produce a combined 200 horsepower that provides strong acceleration. With the Camry Hybrid's superior power comes a dip in fuel economy, earning 43 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, significantly less than the Prius. Your choice between these two comes down to fuel economy and performance – the Camry Hybrid gives you a combination of both, while the Prius is the king of going green.

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