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Toyota Prius vs. Toyota Corolla

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Toyota Prius

$423
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Toyota Corolla

$367
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Toyota Prius Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 6th out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $423 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the Prius.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Toyota Corolla Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 7th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $367 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low, and these issues are less frequent than average, so the Corolla is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$423
inexpensive
expensive
$367
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.38
not often
very often
0.3
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(3)
4
(21)
3
(8)
2
(3)
1
(0)
The Toyota Prius ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in electrical.
“I love my Toyota Prius as a college student who is always on the go. I need a car to keep up with me. I only had a few issues with my car so far.The A/C stop blowing out cold which cost a lot of ...”
“I love my Toyota Prius as a college student who is always on the go. I need a car to keep up with...”
5
(30)
4
(85)
3
(45)
2
(13)
1
(3)
The Toyota Corolla ranks highest in drive train and ranks lowest in body.
“Many of my friends drive a toyota because they know how reliable these cars are.”
“Many of my friends drive a toyota because they know how reliable these cars are.”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Toyota Prius and the Toyota Corolla are two very different compact sedans made by Toyota.

While the Corolla is a conventional front-wheel drive, gas-powered four-door sedan, the Prius is a gasoline-electric hybrid, five-door hatchback. Both share the same wheelbase, and are similar in most of their other dimensions.

The Prius offers much more cargo space, due to its hatchback configuration. But its biggest selling point is fuel economy. Averaging 51 miles per gallon in the city, the Prius has the edge over Corolla in cost of operation. The Prius also has a tighter turning radius.

The Corolla has more pep than the Prius. It is nearly two seconds faster going from zero to 60 MPH. The base price of the Corolla is also nearly $5,000 less than the Prius. But you should be able to make that money back in fuel savings over time — the right choice depends on whether you want to save now or later.

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