2011 Toyota
Corolla
vs. 2011 Toyota
Prius Four

2011 Toyota Prius Four

9.8

starting from

$28,080

Reasons to buy the Toyota Prius Four

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Is a hybrid
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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
51 mpg
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Tighter turning radius
17.1 ft
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Fantastic range in the city
607 miles
2011 Toyota Corolla

9.2

Runner-up

Toyota Corolla

starting from

$16,660

Reasons to buy the Toyota Corolla

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Average number of gears
5
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Sluggish 0-60 time
9.0 seconds
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Pokey 1/4 mile time
16.8 s s @ 83.0 mph mph
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Plenty of cupholders
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Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Toyota Prius Four Winner: Prius Four
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Toyota Prius Four Winner: Prius Four
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  • Almost the same
  • The Prius Four has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 8 vs 4
Road Tests 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Corolla Winner: Corolla
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  • The Corolla hits 60mph around 20% faster, 9.0 seconds vs 10.6 seconds
  • Around 10% faster in the 1/4 mile, 16.8 s s @ 83.0 mph mph vs 18.0 s s @ 79.0 mph mph
  • Almost the same, 0.83 g vs 0.82 g
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Toyota Prius Four Winner: Prius Four
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  • Almost the same
  • A single tank lasts more than 20% longer, 571 miles vs 462 miles
  • Room for around 80% more stuff, 21.6 ft3 vs 12.3 ft3
Performance 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Corolla Winner: Corolla
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  • Almost the same, 5 vs Continuously variable
  • The Corolla 's power-to-weight ratio is around 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 20.7 lb/hp vs 22.7 lb/hp
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Toyota Prius Four Winner: Prius Four
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  • Disc brakes on the Prius Four can provide better stopping action
  • The Prius Four has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Toyota Prius Four Winner: Prius Four
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  • Gets more than 80% more miles per gallon in the city, 51 mpg vs 28 mpg
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Good protection, only 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
  • Good protection, only 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash
  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Overall 9.8 vs 9.2

Luxury Features

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2011 Toyota Corolla Toyota
Corolla
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Prius Four; not available on the Corolla
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Prius Four; the Corolla only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2011 Toyota Corolla Toyota
Corolla
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Number of speakers 8 vs 4 The Prius Four has an OK number of speakers, while the Corolla has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Corolla 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Prius Four does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Prius Four's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2011 Toyota Corolla Toyota
Corolla
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0-60 mph 10.6 seconds vs 9.0 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 133 ft vs 136 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 18.0 s s @ 79.0 mph mph vs 16.8 s s @ 83.0 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs 0.83 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 112 mph vs 115 mph Both have a very low top speed

Practicality

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2011 Toyota Corolla Toyota
Corolla
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 571 miles vs 462 miles The Prius Four has good highway range and the Corolla is reasonable
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Cargo space 21.6 ft3 vs 12.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.7 ft3 vs 51.3 ft3 The Prius Four has average-sized front seats, while the Corolla is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Prius Four offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Corolla
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Cupholders 4 vs 8 The Corolla has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 2 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

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Prius Four
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2011 Toyota Corolla Toyota
Corolla
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Horsepower 134 HP @ 5,200 RPM vs 132 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 5 The Corolla has an OK number of gears, while the Prius Four has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The Prius Four's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 22.7 lb/hp vs 20.7 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 17.1 ft vs 35.4 ft The Prius Four turns on a dime, and the Corolla is comparable to most other vehicles

Safety Features

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Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2011 Toyota Corolla Toyota
Corolla
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 6 vs 5 The Prius Four has a good number of airbags, but the Corolla is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The Prius Four has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Cost

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Prius Four
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2011 Toyota Corolla Toyota
Corolla
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MSRP $28,080 vs $16,660 The Corolla has a great price and the Prius Four is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 51 mpg vs 28 mpg Both get great city mileage, however the Prius Four in particular gets exceptional mileage
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2011 Toyota Corolla Toyota
Corolla
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars Good protection, only 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars Good protection, only 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Toyota Corolla 2011 Toyota Camry Corolla vs Camry
2011 Toyota Corolla 2011 Nissan Versa SL Corolla vs Versa SL
2011 Toyota Corolla 2011 Toyota Yaris Corolla vs Yaris
2011 Toyota Corolla S 2011 Toyota Matrix S Corolla S vs Matrix S
2011 Toyota Corolla 2011 Honda Fit Corolla vs Fit
2011 Toyota Prius Three 2011 Honda Fit Sport Prius Three vs Fit Sport
2011 Toyota Prius Four 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid Prius Four vs Camry Hybrid
2011 Toyota Prius Four 2012 Ford Fusion SE Prius Four vs Fusion SE
2011 Toyota Prius Two 2011 Toyota Yaris Prius Two vs Yaris
2011 Toyota Prius Four 2011 Nissan LEAF SV Prius Four vs LEAF SV

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