3rd Generation (2010—2015) Prius Problems

This generations ranks 73rd out of 86 Toyota generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (41%), lights (22%), and the brakes (10%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Excessive Oil Consumption 169 complaints at an average of 108,252 miles in the 2010 Toyota Prius.
  2. Hatchback Opens Too Far 1 complaints at an average of 500 miles in the 2014 Toyota Prius.
  3. Defect Causing Flat Ties 1 complaints at an average of 10,000 miles in the 2013 Toyota Prius.

What Prius Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Toyota model years.

Watch out for the 2011 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2015 17 0 179 8.24
2014 15 2 279 10.6
2013 23 2 317 16.19
2012 51 6 337 8.53
2011 101 6 237 22.45
2010 274 10 266 21.11

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