Which used Toyota Prius saloon should I buy?
The choice isn't hard because only a single version was sold in the UK, and during its three-year life the Prius was not subjected to any face-lifts or major revisions.
Equipment includes a single-slot CD/radio/cassette player, climate control, all-round electric windows and electric power-assisted steering. All cars ride on 14-inch alloy wheels wrapped in energy-efficient, low rolling-resistance tyres.
Driver and passenger airbags, anti-lock-brakes and electronic brakeforce distribution are standard safety kit, but security, with just an engine immobiliser and remote central locking, could be better. From March 2003 customers were able to add a sophisticated but expensive sat-nav system, which you may like to look out for.
Only one gearbox, a CVT automatic, is available and the gear selector lever is mounted in the dashboard. A colour screen constantly displays how much energy the car is using.