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flare said:
OH NO ITS GIVING ME THE TURTLE.. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN!?!?!?
original 1998-2000 Japanese Prius were prone to the turtle light/mode. Classic 2001-2003 Prius rarely see it (only for really cold days - I've only seen it about 3 times last winter, that's it.) Turtle has been removed for the 2004+ Prius.

Basically, your hybrid traction battery's charge is so low, or it is too cold/hot, that you will not have any electric assist while driving (to protect the battery and help it charge). At least on my 2001 when I've seen the turtle, I didn't really notice that I was lacking anything, but when the turtle light went out you definitely notice the increased acceleration available.
 
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