What is the Average Miles & Life of Toyota Prius?

by Sara Reeve

On the market since 2001, the Toyota Prius has maintained its position as a leader in the hybrid automotive market. But how long will your hybrid by humming down the highway? The battery is the key to that answer.

Battery Life

The battery life of a Toyota Prius can vary greatly depending on how hard you drive your car and how many miles you put on it. According to Toyota, there are examples of first generation Prius cars still on the road after 300,000 miles, but that may not be the average driver's experience. Toyota claims that the batteries are designed to last for the life of the vehicle, or approximately 125,000 miles.

Warranty

Depending on your state, Prius batteries are under warranty for either 8 years or 100,000 miles or 10 years or 150,000 miles. Some drivers report battery issues under those limits, and if the warranty has expired, a replacement battery pack can be purchased for approximately $3,000.

General Maintenance

Battery life can be extended by proper care and maintenance. Toyota advises Prius drivers to be sure to drive their cars for 30 consecutive minutes at least once a week so the battery keeps a charge.

About the Author

Sara Reeve is a writer and editor living in Los Angeles, Calif., who graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in public relations and gender studies. She is a regular contributor to Trojan Family Magazine, USC Norris Cancer Report and Keck Medicine Magazine.

Photo Credits

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