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Consumer Reports review and ratings of Gen 5 Prius—with side-by-side comparison to Gen 4

Discussion in 'Gen 5 Prius Main Forum' started by Gokhan, Oct 2, 2023.

  1. GeoJ

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    All these problems in the CR review, and the comments piling on: just make me feel young!!!! None of these problems are real, the car is such a fun, impractical, practical, sports car, not sports car, green (it is - can't argue with that one!). Still loving it. Until I get a flat tire.
     
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    I thought you already had a 2023, no?
     
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    I already had a 2023? I must have sold it. I don’t see it around here.
     
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    Too bad. You need a car. ;)
     
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    Too much responsibility makes me stressed. I’ll ask them at the front desk what happened to my car since I can’t figure it out.
     
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    I thought it was funny and a little bit sad when the reviewer mentioned, that its tight even for him who is only 5'-10". Actually only roughly 25% of adults in the states are taller. And I feel many of these male reviewers forget woman exist.
     
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    Again, people can talk about the gen4 negatively anyway they feel like because free speech and it’s their opinion. But when someone else talks about gen5 in a way they don't like, it’s the thought police called, and hate charged. They want it to agree with them both ways. I can’t quite understand it except it has been a trend the past 58 months. I can say what I want, but everyone else can’t or it’s hate.
    No way I am in the market but both g4 and g5 are going to be good long lasting cars if history is any lesson. Twenty years from now its 2044, and I will be in the Bohemian National Cemetery in Chicago, or other.
     
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    4 years and 10 months ago, january 2019?
     
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    Gen 4 is a great car. Any car that regularly gets 75 mpg, handles well, that is comfortable, practical, relicable, and that even runs as a BEV, can't be bad.

    I can care less about the looks. Why? Because there are so many good-looking cars out there today, and no one cares about how your car looks except only you if you are obsessed about it.

    For me, the reason to upgrade would be TSS 3.0 and to keep the car from getting old. For all other purposes, my Gen 4 Prius Prime Limited is wonderful.
     
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    Girls care about looks when you pick them up for dates. Young people problems…
     
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    For grandparents with Surplus cash, you'd be surprised how many of them have facial "work" done.

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    It's been a month, and I haven't got a reply to my simple question of whether the tested model was an AWD. (It shows so in their video, but there is no mention of it in their report.) Moreover, despite more than a month having passed since their report, they still say, "We have completed testing of the Prius and the Overall Score reflects our testing. The full road-test report will be published soon. In the meantime, we share our first drive impressions."

    There is something wrong with Consumer Reports today. They were so much better in the past.
     
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  13. Mr.Vanvandenburg

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    Yes
     
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    Maybe you'd be happier staying over on the Gen4 forum....
     
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    Might only be available to members of the web site but in the video in the members area they say they bought a XLE AWD. Here is a screenshot from the video giving the specs of the car they bought and the price they paid. upload_2023-11-10_21-16-51.png
     
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    Yes, I am a member, and that's exactly why I contacted them. It says XLE AWD on the video but XLE on the test report; so, there is conflicting information.
     
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    If I remember correctly I beleieve they did a first drive with a rented Prius
    My understanding is that they rented a Limited AWD originally from Toyota and that is what they used to write the first drive impressions. Than they purchased XLE AWD and used that to calculate an overall score.

    I haven't seen any mention in either their podcasts or articles of them driving a FWD Non Prime Prius.
     
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    I pointed out the mention of "AWD" in the video, of which the emblem is also visible, long before you did. Nevertheless, who watches the video to find out/extract the trim information? It says "4-Door Hatchback XLE 4-Cyl CVT" under rating & specs. There is no mention of AWD other than in the video. That's why there is conflicting information.

    It is likely an AWD because you can see that in the video, but it is bizarre that they couldn't even get the trim right under rating & specs. That's why I emailed them, which they haven't responded other than an acknowledgment in all these weeks, and the full report still hasn't been posted.
     
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    It may not be a mistake. If you look at the Toyota Web site and compare and XLE and XLE AWD there is no difference on the specs for the interior, exterior, safety/convenience, steering, interior or exterior dimensions specifications.

    The only real difference on their charts is a net 2 horsepower difference, 12 inch versus 11.1 inch front discs, 0.8 gallon gas tank difference, 120 pound curb weight difference and the 30 kW rear motor. I can't see how any of those little differences would have much of an impact on Consumer Reports ratings and specs.

    I agree it is a little bit confusing how they have the Prius page now with the first drive impression from the Limited AWD and presumably the ratings and specs from the XLE AWD.

    I also noticed one more inconstancy ont the ratings and specs page although a minor one. If they tested an XLE AWD the fuel capacity should say 10.5 gallons not 11.3 gallons per the Toyota web site
     
  20. Gokhan

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    Well, if it is not a mistake, then they tested the XLE—not the XLE AWD. It could be that they first bought an XLE AWD and later traded it in for an XLE, and the video is for a car they ended up not fully testing. That's why I emailed them, but they haven't replied yet or uploaded their full report.

    Remember that the AWD gets significantly less mpg than the non-AWD. I also suppose it handles differently.