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Hello everyone,

This is my first time here. I'm interested in purchasing a Toyota Prius in the somewhat near future. However one question I can't seem to find out is, what are some of the big differences between each model from year to year?

I was reading a Wikipedia article about the Prius and it mentioned some model year changes, I'll summarize for example:

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Model year changes:
2005 (2006 US model year) introduced some minor cosmetic changes, such as a higher-resolution liquid crystal display, as well as new optional features such as a backup camera, advanced air bags and an upgraded audio system with an auxiliary input.

In 2006 (2007 US model year) the Prius added side curtain air bags standard on all models.
But are there any other large changes that I should know about? I've seen a few 2006 and 2007 models that meet my budget. I've read a bit about different models that have different batteries and brake systems. The only "extra" I'm currently interested in is the backup camera since I think that's a great addition.

I'm asking this because I saw a 2006 model Prius for about $16,000 (before fees). 19k miles (No warranty included, 3rd party one for an additional $900+) and it started me to think about the major differences from year to year. Is it really worth it to get a 2007 model over a 2006 model - I see the prices tend to be a bit similar, but I wasn't sure of the actual differences other then the year it was made.

Any help or additional information on this subject would be fantastic!

Thanks in advance for all of your help.
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I don't know of any changes to the main battery or braking systems between '06 and '07 model years. You mention "no warranty" but the main battery is covered for a minimum of eight years/100K miles (10 years/150K miles in Calif and certain other states). The original "bumper to bumper" type warranty was only for 3 years/36K miles. I'm not sure how you would check to see if the original buyer purchased an extended warranty, which might still be in effect. You can read the original warranty book to get the full explanation of what is covered under the emissions warranty. If there isn't one for the car you are looking at, ask at a dealer to see one. I would look very carefully at what is covered and what is excluded from the $900 warranty, and how long in time/mileage it is good for, to determine whether it is worth the paper it is printed on. Also, is it a Toyota sponsored warranty, or from another company. Finally, is this a certified used car from a Toyota dealer, and will they produce a written history such as CarFax to show the car hasn't been wrecked and prove it is not a salvaged vehicle, etc. "Let the buyer beware".
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Thanks for all the information. I've strayed away from the sale I mentioned before, mostly because I've seen similar deals at around the same prices (when you consider the warranty) which are actually Toyota Certified and include a warranty.

I am currently looking at a 2006 model locally. It does have most of the features I'm look for - however the price is a bit high in my opinion at about 20k - it has 23k miles but includes a backup camera and navigation.

Thanks again for the helpful information.

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If you haven't already done so, go to Edmunds.com or Kelley BlueBook (google it, I'm not sure of the website) and list the equipment, mileage, ect on any car and get the average dealers' retail price along with a private party price and dealer trade-in allowance. The two sites may list different prices for the same vehicle, so you can then average them.
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If you haven't already done so, go to Edmunds.com or Kelley BlueBook (google it, I'm not sure of the website) and list the equipment, mileage, ect on any car and get the average dealers' retail price along with a private party price and dealer trade-in allowance. The two sites may list different prices for the same vehicle, so you can then average them.
Great. Thanks for all the information!

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