Toyota Prius reliability & safety

The Toyota Prius packs plenty of standard safety technology, which means it’ll be safe, dependable and secure family transport

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Toyota Prius reliability & problems

Given this is the fourth-generation Toyota Prius, the Japanese manufacturer has extensive experience when it comes to the electrified element of the engine tech. That means over more than 20 years of development the car and its electronics are ultra reliable, as you’d expect from a Toyota.

Our sister title Auto Express ranked Toyota as the 12th best brand for overall customer satisfaction in its most recent Driver Power owner survey, while the brand ranked eighth for reliability – but remember this includes all of its regular passenger cars too.

Its hybrids have proved bomb proof, highlighted by the fact that this latest Prius took a fourth place finish in our Driver Power rundown of the best 75 cars to live with, as voted by readers. Here, the car finished third for safety, first for fuel economy and running costs and third for reliability and build quality, which bodes well for owners.


The Toyota Prius’s standard safety kit and clever platform mean it’ll help prevent an accident, but if the worst should happen it’ll be safe in a crash.

All cars get seven airbags, collision warning with pedestrian detection and autonomous braking, lane departure alert, adaptive cruise and a reversing camera fitted as standard, which helped the Prius achieve a full five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

If you go for a Business Edition model you also get a blind spot monitor, while Business Edition Plus adds front and rear parking sensors.