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2015 Toyota Prius Review

The Toyota Prius ranks near the top of the competitive compact car class. This hybrid vehicle has excellent safety and reliability ratings, low ownership costs, a spacious interior, and a cushioned ride.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth, comfortable ride
  • Terrific fuel economy
  • Roomy cabin and cargo space
  • Leisurely acceleration
  • Cheap interior plastics




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 6.1
Interior: 5.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 9.0
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2015 Toyota Prius Overview

Is the 2015 Toyota Prius a Good Used Car?            

The 2015 Prius hybrid is a great option if you’re shopping for a used compact car. The Prius rates highly for reliability and crash safety, it’s bristling with easy-to-use tech features, and it has a roomy cabin that is well-suited for hauling passengers and cargo. True to its reputation, the Prius also yields fantastic fuel economy: up to 50 mpg in the city.

It does have drawbacks, like pokey acceleration and a cheap-looking interior, but overall, the Prius emerges as a winner. We review the 2015 Prius c, Prius v, and Prius Plug-in separately.

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How Much Is the 2015 Toyota Prius?

Based on listings for the 2015 Toyota Prius on our site, the average price is $17,500. Prices range from $13,700 to $20,400 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Toyota Prius Cost to Own?

The Prius’ five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $19,600, or around $3,900 per year. That’s much lower than average for a compact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Prius?

The 2018 Toyota Prius starts just under $24,000, and it sports ritzy cabin materials, energetic handling, and zippy acceleration – three areas where the 2015 Prius falls flat. The 2019 model also packs a wide array of standard safety features, including forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control, and it achieves superior fuel economy (up to 58 mpg in the city and 53 mpg on the highway). For 2019, the Prius gets some styling updates and available all-wheel drive. The 2019 Prius is surely a better car, but it comes with a significant price bump. If all you want is a practical and reliable hybrid, you’ll find it for thousands of dollars less in a used 2015 model.

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There aren’t many new cars that cost less than a used 2015 Prius, but there are a few options. Starting at $15,300, the 2019 Kia Rio offers pleasant handling and peppy engine performance. The 2019 Toyota Yaris sedan has a handsome interior, solid fuel economy of up to 32/40 mpg city/highway, and a base price of $15,450. Starting at $16,190, the 2019 Honda Fit is another good pick, offering an exceptional amount of passenger room and cargo space for the class.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Prius Is Best?

Toyota redesigned the Prius for 2010, and this hatchback saw minimal changes until it was redesigned for 2016. The 2012 model received a bulk of these updates, which included lightly revised styling and a touch screen that became standard on all trims.

Ultimately, all of these third-generation Prius models are good buys, thanks to their excellent fuel economy and stellar reputation for reliability. Opt for an earlier 2010 or 2011 model if you’re looking to pay less.

Models from 2016 and later belong to the fourth generation. These models offer great fuel economy and rate well for predicted reliability. Although they’re pricier to buy, their sportier handling and improved interior make these newer models more enjoyable.  

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Toyota Prius?

The 2015 Prius has a perfect reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Toyota Prius Recalls

There are no recalls for the 2015 Prius at this time.

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Which Used Toyota Prius Model Is Right for Me?

The base model Toyota Prius Two should fit the bill for most shoppers. It comes with a very long list of standard features, including a 6.1-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, a CD player, a USB port, Bluetooth, automatic climate control, cloth seats, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, and alloy wheels.

For those who want more, there are four other trims. The Toyota Prius Three trim adds a navigation system, satellite radio, and the Entune app suite, which features Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Bing. The Persona Series trim builds on the Three trim with SofTex leatherette upholstery and subtle styling tweaks. The Prius Four trim adds heated front seats and JBL speakers. The top Prius Five trim comes with LED headlights, and it’s the only trim available with a suite of active safety features (Advanced Technology package).

Other available features include a head-up display, a larger 7-inch touch screen, a moonroof, and a solar-powered air conditioning system.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Hyundai and Kia both have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Prius?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Prius a 2015 Top Safety Pick+, the agency’s most prestigious accolade. The Prius earned an the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the small overlap front test, as well as the top score of Good in all other areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Prius four out of five stars overall, along with a five-star rating in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests.

Every 2015 Prius trim comes standard with a rearview camera. Only the Prius Five trim is available with adaptive cruise control, Toyota’s Pre-Collision System (forward collision warning with brake assist), and lane-keep assist.

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2015 Toyota Prius Versus the Competition

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

The Chevy Volt is a plug-in hybrid that can travel up to 38 miles on battery power alone, which can save you a lot in gas money if you typically drive short distances. The Volt accelerates more quickly than the Prius, and it has a richer interior. Still, the Prius is a better used car overall. The Volt’s cargo space is slim for a liftback, and its rear seats are cramped. The Volt also has a lower reliability rating, and its gas mileage in hybrid mode is rather low, at 37 mpg combined city/highway.

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Prius or 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid?

The Honda Civic Hybrid falls short of the Prius in the areas where it matters most. The Civic has lower fuel economy (up to 43 mpg in the city) and a lower reliability rating. Its infotainment system can be a little tricky to use, and because the Civic is a sedan, it doesn’t have as much cargo space as the Prius hatchback. Stick with the Prius.

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2015 Prius Performance

How Does the 2015 Toyota Prius Drive?

The Prius has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that together produce 134 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive are standard. This hybrid system whisks the Prius around town with adequate zip, but it can feel weak under hard acceleration or when climbing hills. The Prius takes a pokey 10 seconds to get from zero to 60 mph.

The Prius isn’t as fun to drive as some of its hybrid competitors. The steering is imprecise, and the brake pedal feels somewhat vague. That said, the Prius is quite comfortable on the open road. It rides smoothly on rough pavement, and the suspension keeps the car stable around turns.

Does the 2015 Toyota Prius Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Prius earns exceptional fuel economy. It gets an EPA-rated 50 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway. These are the best fuel economy ratings in the compact car class, apart from the slightly more efficient Prius Plug-in.

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2015 Prius Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Prius Seat?

The Prius is a four-door hatchback with five seats. The spacious cabin has ample head- and legroom for adults to sit comfortably in both rows. The seats are soft, and they provide decent support. However, tall drivers may find the driving position awkward because the steering wheel doesn’t allow much adjustment. Cloth seats are standard; SofTex leatherette upholstery and heated front seats are available.

The Prius’ cabin materials earn some criticism. These hard and shiny plastics leave the interior looking and feeling cheap. Wind and road noise in the cabin at highway speeds only make matters worse.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Toyota Prius?

The Prius has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. The Prius’ lower anchors are set too deep in the seat cushions, they are difficult to maneuver around, and they can be confused for other hardware.

2015 Toyota Prius Features

The Prius comes standard with a 6.1-inch touch screen, a CD player, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Available upgrades include a 7-inch touch screen, a navigation system, satellite radio, an app suite with iHeartRadio and Pandora, and an eight-speaker JBL stereo. Some models have a head-up display that projects driving information onto the windshield, such as driving speed, warnings, and turn-by-turn directions. The air conditioning and audio controls are quite user-friendly, and the touch screens are easy to use.

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2015 Toyota Prius Dimensions

Toyota Prius Cargo Space

The Prius hatchback has a roomy 21.6 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats upright. These 60/40-split seats can fold flat for even more storage room. There are lots of spaces to fit small items, including a cubby under the dashboard, two gloveboxes, and a deep center console.

2015 Prius Length and Weight

The 2015 Prius is 14.7 feet long. It weighs between 3,042 and 3,072 pounds, depending on trim level.

Where Was the 2015 Toyota Prius Built?

Toyota built the 2015 Prius hybrid in Japan.

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