2022 Toyota Prius Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Engine & structural issues are among the top complaints from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

If there’s one car that signifies the green car movement, it has to be the 2022 Toyota Prius. The automaker claims that “Sometimes, compromising isn’t necessary.” While everyone wishes that was true, the new Prius seems to struggle with a defective engine and poorly-built structure, causing owners to switch brands entirely.

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Are There Problems with the 2022 Toyota Prius Engine?

The 2022 Prius has barely made it off of the production line and there are already massive engine issues.

Even Car and Driver states, “The powertrain musters a measly 121 horsepower, which amounts to lazy acceleration. And while the Prius Eco model boasts an EPA combined rating of 56 mpg, the Hyundai Ioniq Blue outperforms it, achieving 59 mpg.”

One would hope that a vehicle that hasn’t been changed in a long time would be built perfectly, but this engine still needs a lot of work. In fact, there is already a recall. NHTSA Campaign Number 21V734000 says that the Engine Control Unit (ECU) can detect an error when there isn’t one. If this happens the hybrid car can shut down, even in the middle of the road. To repair the problem, the ECU must be updated by the dealership. However, after all these years of producing the Prius, why does Toyota need more time to tweak the engine? It seems that it might be better to scrap the design and start over.

Are There Any Structural Problems with the 2022 Toyota Prius?

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to also figure out how many structure-related defects are occurring with the 2022 Prius models.

For starters, Edmunds points out that the “Offset instrument panel is out of driver’s direct line of sight.”

These aren’t the beginning of structure issues with Prius models. In the past, there were class-action lawsuits related to defective HVAC systems. It turns out that older models were exhibiting signs of noxious, toxic and foul odors in the cabin. The problem stemmed from a design that allowed excessive amounts of water to collect in the HVAC system. Within these systems, mold and other contaminants would begin to grow, putting people at risk of enduring severe health issues. For a company that claims “compromise isn’t necessary,” it seems that Toyota has done its fair share of compromising at the expense of customers. It’s time to treat the automaker just like the noxious bacteria it is and walk away for another brand.

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About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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