What should I look for in a used Toyota Prius hatchback?
There are unlikely to be any problems with interior trim. Not only does this second-generation Prius feels as well screwed together as any Toyota, satisfaction surveys indicate that owners are happy with the build quality.
There have, however, been issues with engines, although this seems to have primarily affected models in the USA rather than the UK. The 1.5-litre petrol engine has been reported to stall and then refuse to start. Toyota traced this fault to unreliable engine software and recalled and rectified the problem cars.
Cars in the UK were recalled over an issue with the rear brake light, which could cause it to malfunction. Full details are available on the Vehicle and Operator Safety Authority website at www.vosa.gov.uk.
Finally, beware of cars used as company pool machines for councils and other fleets that may not have been too well cared for.