Best products from r/prius

We found 73 comments on r/prius discussing the most recommended products. We ran sentiment analysis on each of these comments to determine how redditors feel about different products. We found 289 products and ranked them based on the amount of positive reactions they received. Here are the top 20.

1. Bafx Products - Wireless Bluetooth OBD2 / OBDII Diagnostic Car Scanner & Reader Tool for Android Devices - Read/Clear Your Check Engine Light & Much More

  • [Compatible] Our automotive OBDII diagnostic engine reader works with all consumer automotive vehicles, cars & trucks in the USA that are model year 1996 or newer! Compatibility varies depending on vehicle country of location. See product description to check your vehicles computer compatibility based on your country of location. (NOT IPHONE / iOS COMPATIBLE)
  • [Simple To Use] Plug our OBD2 diagnostic scanner into your vehicles automotive OBD2 port; Pair diagnostic scan tool with your Android phone via Bluetooth; Download an app to use it with; Then connect & start scanning for live sensor data like a professional direct from your vehicles on board computer! (NOT IPHONE / iOS COMPATIBLE)
  • [Fix & Service Your Car For Less] Using our diagnostic code reader you can read, reset & clear your check engine error light fault codes with your Android phone (does not read ABS or SRS). Check and fix your emissions system readiness, know if you will pass emissions & smog test before you go with our diagnostic tool! (NOT IPHONE / iOS COMPATIBLE)
  • [Live Data] Monitor live real time live gauge data direct from your autos computer systen with our diagnostic trouble code reader such as O2 sensors, fuel pressure, Engine load & more; Freeze fram data; Map based sensor tracking plus so much more! Making it extremely easy to check up on the health of your vehicle just like the pros! Our automotive health tool will help you keep your gas or diesel vehicles running many miles longer!
  • [Guaranteed] Unlike other OBD2 car diagnostic scanners we guarantee ours will work on ALL OBDII protocols including J1850 which many have problems with! Works on both gas & diesel vehicles. Reads at faster speeds than most other OBDII wireless Bluetooth OBD 11 readers.
  • Our car trouble scanner works with all consumer cars, light trucks & other autos purchased in the USA model year 1996 & newer (gas OR diesel) including but not limited to Audi, Ford, GM, Chevy, Chrysler; Dodge, Jeep, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Lincoln, Mercury, Mercedes, Nissan, BMW, VW, Porsche & More!
  • [Elm327 Compliant] If the app you wish to use states you will need an ELM327 compatible tool, our OBDII diagnostic programmer / reader tool will work with it! Our OBDII engine scan tool is fully compliant with the ELM327 programmer command set giving you access to numerous professional level programs to choose from!
  • [3rd Party App Required] A paid or free app is required to use our OBDII engine scan tool, we do not develop or sell these apps but have many to recommend such as: Piston, Torque Pro, OBD Fusion, DashCommd, OBD Auto Doctor plus so many more! compatibility in other countries, please see product description.
  • [2 Year Warranty] We proudly back our OBDII trouble code reader with a professional 2 year warranty against all manufacturing defects! Our friendly, USA based, professional support team provide top notch service and will help you make the most of your new OBD 2 scan tool!
Bafx Products - Wireless Bluetooth OBD2 / OBDII Diagnostic Car Scanner & Reader Tool for Android Devices - Read/Clear Your Check Engine Light & Much More
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12. POTEK 500W Power Inverter DC 12 V to 110V AC Car Converter with Digital Display Dual AC Outlets and Dual USB Charging Ports for Tablets, Laptop and Smartphones

  • [500W Car Power Inverter with dual 110V AC outlets and 2 USB ports]: It provides 1000 Watt of peak power, dual USB ports can charge most phones and tablets simultaneously, while AC outlets ideal for charging laptop, breast pump, kindle, lights, iPad, etc
  • [Built-in Cooling Fan & Full Protection]: It has a cooling fan to keep the unit from over heating ( only works when output power over 200W, this ensures a quiet environment ). And along with all of the other safety protections in place, like the overload protection, short circuit and over/low battery
  • [Digital and illuminated display]: The digital display identifies the current status of the inverter, like INPUT (V), OUTPUT(V) and OUTPUT(W). While reading the number, a red LED light is displayed
  • [Ultra-protable and travel kit]: Just about 7.1 x 4.1 x 2.2 inches, space-saving, easy storage. extremely portable and lightweight at only 1.1 pounds. It's one of those things that is a must have especially in an emergency
  • [Cigarette lighter adapter and car battery clips are included for two options]: While you are driving, plug it into cigarette lighter, it can provide up to 150 watts of continuous power; When you're at a campground, you can connect it to the car battery directly, it will deliver up to 500 watts of continuous power.
POTEK 500W Power Inverter DC 12 V to 110V AC Car Converter with Digital Display Dual AC Outlets and Dual USB Charging Ports for Tablets, Laptop and Smartphones
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u/w0mba7 · 2 pointsr/prius

I swapped the factory JBL radio/cassette/CD changer for this Sony double DIN unit which is less than $250.

This is a basic CarPlay unit with no CD drive, no standalone navigation (but you get navigation in Carplay mode), it has Sirius XM support but not built in (has a socket on the back to plug-in the extra Sirius doodad).

Works fine for me. I think any double-DIN Carplay radio would work fine though.

I like this one because it has USB, volume knob and aux on the front and it's good value.

You can pay more and get fancier ones from various makers with features like DVD/CD drive, standalone navigation, wireless Carplay, HD radio.

I used 2 Axxess boxes recommended by the Crutchfield website to connect to the JBL factory amp and the steering wheel controls. I'm not sure retaining factory amp was worthwhile, and you may not have one. It would have worked fine with radio's built-in amp I think. Keeping the steering wheel volume buttons is nice. There is also an adaptor box that does both JBL interface and wheel controls from another maker.

I got a Metra dash kit which slots it in the dash perfectly.

I installed the radio's supplied Sony microphone instead of the Toyota one for Bluetooth calls.

I added a Pioneer backup camera :

The 2005 has a factory spot for a camera (because that was a Japanese option in 2005), so I put it there.

Initially I bought the head unit from Best Buy which meant they did free installation, but their installation was so bad that I do not recommend it. After one trip back to fix things they broke I realized that every time they fixed something they broke something else, so I finished the job myself.

Things Best Buy screwed up:

They installed the Sony mic nicely at windscreen top left, ran the cable to the radio, but forgot to plug it into the back of the radio. Doh! I had to take the whole dashboard apart to fix this.

They instlalled backup camera fixed to nothing, just hanging by cable pointing in roughly the right direction (I dremeled a groove for the camera cable in the original Toyota mounting plate which they had removed, glued plate back into place, attached camera to it properly).

They didn't reconnect the dashboard dimmer switch so dash lights could not be dimmed. I took the lower left dash apart and plugged it in.

They cracked two dash vent pieces. They paid for and replaced one but I later noticed they'd cracked the other and replaced it myself. This all required used parts from EBay.

They lost half the special flanged nuts that hold the hatchback handle piece on, which I noticed when it started to fall off (I got more from Toyota dealer for like $2 a nut. That's a lot for a few nuts but cheap for a repair.).

They lost various other dashboard nuts and bolts that I haven't replaced yet but dashboard is currently holding together.


So in short, hire a competent radio installer or do it yourself carefully. Free installation isn't free, it turns out.

If you do any work yourself you will need a car trim removal kit like this one: It has various tools to take dash panels off without damaging them. I found YouTube videos to help me take the dash apart and properly remount the camera.


It was a pain but the end result works great. The Sony's Bluetooth is much better than the factory BT for phone calls. Now there's music streaming over Bluetooth too. Radio works fine. Backup camera is great, comes up on radio screen when you engage reverse. In Carplay mode (with iPhone plugged into USB) it does great navigation via choice of map apps, Podcast app works fine, Siri will read text messages to me, great music support.

u/Bigbirdk · 4 pointsr/prius

I can’t help with headlights info, but I have a 2015 3 and did the LED Interior, reverse, license plate and parking lights upgrade. Really pretty easy and much better light all around. I used these and they all are still working great:

I also bought this toolkit for removing interior the light covers and panels:

It’s not hard to do and there are very good videos on youtube to guide you, like this one:

I am currently looking at these for the turn signals too:

Good luck!

u/RW63 · 2 pointsr/prius

I have a Carista and didn't use my free trial until there was a code I really wanted to get more info about. (It gives "regular" codes without a subscription, but some of the more Toyota-specific, you have to get a subscription for it to display the last couple of digits, but it comes with a month free trial that you activate when you need it. Some of the other scanners may be different, but based upon a recommendation, it's the one I chose)

There are two batteries in a Prius. There's a 12v that boots the computer and whatnot. If that hasn't been replaced, it may be soon due (and replacing it could possibly get you a little better gas mileage), but it's only a couple of hundred bucks from an auto parts store and you may not need to replace it any time soon.

There's also the big hybrid or traction battery for the electric motor. ChrisFix has an excellent video about replacing it yourself, if that's something you'd like to do. Everybody will tell you it's cheaper to buy one from someone other than a dealer, but luckily I haven't had to do it and my older Prius has around 197k.

Of course, some people have had to replace them much earlier -- this forum or could be a source of more info -- but I'd say the majority of people have had not. I've noticed a lot of Prii on the market around 116k to 130k. I believe it's because the battery warranty runs out at 100k, everywhere but California, where they require the same battery to be warrantied for 150k. And again, knock on wood, I have one pushing 200k.

u/serval · 2 pointsr/prius

Best (expensive) or affordable and works great?

I can only say what I did, similar to others here: [Curt hitch (self-install, under $100 shipped from Amazon)] ( and a Swagman XC Cross-country 2 bike rack for $130 on Amazon. This rack is easier than most because you can just load the wheels of the bikes into the rack itself.

A cheaper rack where the wheels just hang get the Pro-Series Eclipse for $73. This is what I have, works great!

If installing the rack yourself get a torque wrench to make sure it won't be falling off. Otherwise take it to a U-Haul where they'll install it for less than $100.

u/iamsaver · 1 pointr/prius

I've done the same using the 3m kit, which includes a drill attachment. Super easy and effective. Hardest part was masking the painted areas first. Most people recommend putting some sort of wax, so I picked a wipe on product too.

Headlight restoration kit

Clear coat

u/mrfry · 1 pointr/prius

This is the package i have put together so far (2005 Prius w/ JBL + Nav). Can anyone tell me if all of this is required, and/or if there are better options available (I'm sure there are better receivers - this just seemed like the best bang for the buck)

Metra Axxess ASWC-1:

Metra 70-8114 Steering Wheel Control Wire Harness:

Metra TYTO-01 JBL Amplifier Interface Harness:

Pioneer AVH-X2800BS Receiver (i may go for one without a backup cam):

Metra 95-8240B Stereo Dash Kit:

u/Various-Artist · 1 pointr/prius

I just got the iottie one touch, I have it suctioned above the vent on the left of the steering wheel and the extender arm reaches pretty far. Plus it has wireless charging. I love it haha

iOttie Easy One Touch Qi Wireless Fast Charge Car Mount for Samsung Galaxy S9 S9 Plus S8 S7/S7 Edge Note 8 5 & Standard Charge for iPhone X 8/8 Plus & Qi Enabled Devices Includes Dual Car Charger

u/HaiImBRIAN · 5 pointsr/prius

I use my car as a generator when camping and it is awesome. I usually use it to run a few lights, charge electronic devices, and speakers. It burns very little fuel and probably burns at a rate of 1/10 a gallon per hour.

I've been using this inverter and I really like it because it displays the output. It helps me ensure I'm not overloading my car. With all my devices, I'm using only a max of 30 watts. Although it's rated for 500w, I heard you arn't suppose to run it that high without it directly connecting to the 12v Battery.

u/e1337ist · 2 pointsr/prius

I got one of these for my 2008. Mounted the control on the left side of the center console. It's been fantastic so far. Play Pause Track Forward and Back, starts up and pairs automatically when your car turns on, and doesn't interfere with the existing hands free phone system built into the Prius. You can use your steering wheel volume controls to adjust the audio as you would any other AUX source. It's by far the best balance of functionality, features, and affordability that I've found.

u/shukoroshi · 1 pointr/prius

Lucky you! Now that I've got a branch new hybrid battery, I'm on the hunt for a low mileage Gen 2 Prius. 🤣 At 185k I'm starting to run into more nagging high-mileage issues now.

If you have an Android phone, there's a great app called Dr. Prius that can help you do some diagnostics/health monitoring on the battery. It can help you determine if the battery is on the way out. All you need is a bluetooth OBD adapter and the phone. This is the model I've been using for about 6 years now -

u/NewC303 · 2 pointsr/prius

I use this iOttie vent mount, it's been great so far. I don't like the magnet mounts because of the little plate you have to either stick to your phone or sandwich between the case and the phone. You can attach and detach the phone from the mount with just one hand - many non magnet mounts require two hands to use (hold open the mount with one hand, extract the phone with the other)

u/ac7ss · 1 pointr/prius

On my 12, I tried LED drop in replacements. They were OK for in city, but very lacking for rural driving. I went back to a long life bulb (Osram H11 LL) and am much happier.

I put about 5 hours a week on the bulbs and a bright bulb would only last half a year. These should last 1,000 hours. that would be a couple of years for me.

u/scullythesully · 1 pointr/prius

Third or fourth 12V battery, not the hybrid battery, right?

And I'd be looking for something like this? I unfortunately have an old iPhone, so finding an app would be difficult for me, but finding a friend to help out wouldn't be impossible.

u/ppfftt · 5 pointsr/prius

I searched Amazon reviews for ones that specifically mentioned Prius and ended up with this vent mount. I have it attached to the far left side of the center passenger air vent, just above the LCD screen. It works perfectly and I highly recommend it!

u/brjacobso · 3 pointsr/prius

I got this one... Carista OBD2 Bluetooth Adapter, Scanner and App for iOS and Android: Diagnose, Customize and Service your Audi, VW, Toyota, Lexus, BMW, Mini or Scion

It is more expensive than some but comes with a free trial of their pro features in the app that connects via Wi-Fi. The trial is needed to do the functions you want. Just cancel the trial before they charge you the pro fee for the year.

I had previously ordered a cheaper one and tried to use random free apps, and I never got it to work.

u/Narwahl_Whisperer · 1 pointr/prius

I would try some heavy duty mounting tape like this:



Though you may want to try your luck at a hardware store. Looks like amazon has a bunch of re-rolled 3M tape and it's not as good.

u/GonadsOfWrath · 5 pointsr/prius

That is the "low-beam" and it is what most people refer to when saying "headlight." The low-beam should be the main light that is on when driving. I hope you don't have your high-beams on as well when driving...the picture shows a Prius with both low and high-beams on (with one burned out low-beam).

The '13 Prius takes a H11 low-beam bulb, so what you want depends on do you want to see further, or do you just a long-life bulb that you don't need to replace yearly? You can't have both. If you want to maximize how far you see at night, then this is the bulb to get. If you just want to forget about bulb replacements for like 4+ years...then this would be it. And this would be a compromise between extended-life and high-output.

u/fieldsofgreen · 2 pointsr/prius

Sadly there is no software or upgrade you can do to make it work stock.

But, this is an awesome cheap alternative, exactly what I use:

iClever Himbox HB01 Bluetooth 4.0 Hands-Free Car Kit with 3.5mm Aux Jack, Multi-Point Access, Siri / Voice Activation, Dual USB Charger & Magnetic Base, Updated Aluminum Ring - Black

Cheap, easy, connects every time I try in the car. Since the gen 2 prius has the aux and a 12v in the center console, you can easily set this thing up behind the scenes. I cannot recommend it enough! I have the controller puck mounted right next to my seat belt so I can easily skip songs and pause music. Works incredibly well!

u/browb3aten · 1 pointr/prius

One with an aux plug is probably slightly simpler to set up (though it's already pretty easy as it is), and you don't have to worry about radio interference.

u/fuckflyingpigs · 2 pointsr/prius

I used this steering control adapter when I put a headunit in my 04. Works great, the ability to skip with my phone plugged it is so much more luxurious than I would've thought.

u/swordstool · 2 pointsr/prius

I don't have a V, rather a Gen3 2013. I had a JVC KWAV61BT put in. Purchased on Amazon for $200 a year ago. Also got from Amazon: Steering Wheel Control Wire, Dash Kit, and Wiring Harness. Had a local shop install it for $100. I probably could have done it myself, but wanted it to look professional. Total cost of the stereo and parts was $275. Looks like Amazon has the DDX-372 for under $300.

u/zarobyte · 2 pointsr/prius

I've used this on all of my cars for the last 6 months!

Mounted mine to the driver door on the small piece of glass forward. Perfectly in reach and out of the way. I did have to tap power into a fuse for the 12V->5V adapter so I could hide the wiring:

u/bigbadsubaru · 1 pointr/prius

Mine came with a PAC interface module that controls the JBL amp and lets you use the steering wheel controls, also retains the voice navigation. I can't seem to find the exact model that's in my car, but has the different interfaces. If yours doesn't have the JBL sound system or navigation, there are cheaper simpler interfaces that will still retain the steering wheel controls. (This one is like $129.95 or something), for the radio I used a Pioneer DEH-X6900BT, $99.95 on Amazon, and the install kit and wiring harness is usually about another $25 or so

u/InfrnalSky · 3 pointsr/prius

You would have to take your eyes way too far away from the window just to use it. It would be a pain if using it for navigation.

Edit: I purchased this one from Amazon and it is great.

iOttie Easy One Touch Mini Air Vent Car Mount Holder Cradle for iPhone 7 7 Plus/ 6s Plus/6s/6, Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, EdgeS6/S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 7/5, Nexus 6, & Smartphones

I have it attached to my air vent and it's very close to the line of sight to the windshield and the steering wheel.

u/Downtempo655 · 3 pointsr/prius

For 3800 if the HV battery was truly replaced I'd totally go for it. Buy an obdII scanner from Amazon and download the torque pro app on your phone. Ask the seller if it's okay if you run an obdII scanner first before doing so. Check fault codes ect and also do a hybrid battery test with the Prius doctor app. If all looks well and it checks all the boxes I see no reason not to buy it.
BAFX Products Bluetooth Diagnostic OBDII Reader/Scanner for Android Devices

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/prius

damn that sounds good.
i just realized i got screwed on my prius purchase.

in 2011 i bought an 09' with 60k miles for $20k.


i'd go for it man

oh yeah and SilverChair's OBD II codes is a good idea, you can buy a cheap OBDII bluetooth adapater and download the torque app for your phone... will allow you to read any codes, and then later a ton of extra info if you delve into it. I just bought a third one a few days ago (i end up giving them away to friends).

u/nightauthor · 1 pointr/prius

Get the codes read at a shop.

I highly recommend owning a OBDII adaptor ($20). Connect it to your phone and use an app like torque and you can read all your codes yourself.

u/whiteferrett · 3 pointsr/prius

I made myself a knockoff of this mount and I love it... The Nimbus Mount

u/knarfreyom · 1 pointr/prius

Fuelly, GasCubby for the Iphone market. You can also use a OBD2 reader like the Automatic Link(99 dollars,, it syncs to an app and the cloud, and you can mark trips for work. I think there's a torque app for android that you can use with a cheap ODB2 reader like, if you don't want to pay a lot, I think they start at around 20 bucks.

u/nientoosevenjuan · 3 pointsr/prius

I bought this one for my 2015 Prius

but this yours is a better design.

u/thisamericanlab801 · 1 pointr/prius

I just purchased one on Amazon last night and it should be here tomorrow. Is there a specific monitor I should get or is any genereic one acceptable?

This is the one that I purchased.

u/TroyMacClure · 1 pointr/prius

My OEMs lasted a good while, and I use them a lot because I head to work in the dark. After seeing how shockingly low the lifespans were for the bulbs in AutoZone, I replaced them with these, which apparently aren't really marketed much in the US. Perform like OEM, and had an longer expected life than anything else in aftermarket.

I guess I've had them for 2+ years now.

u/reddituser414 · 1 pointr/prius

I put a Pioneer 4100 NEX in my 2011 Prius II. It can use Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

Here are the parts I used to install it.

u/drmickhead · 3 pointsr/prius

This adapter has a microphone that's separate from the aux plug. It comes with a 3M sticker that lets you place it on the exterior of the center console, and it picks up my voice rather well.

u/Perryn · 2 pointsr/prius

This is the one I've been using on my Gen3. It works well with every Android app I've used with it, including using Carista to remove the reverse beeping. Now it only beeps one time when I first put it into reverse.

u/ChihuahuawithBoombox · 1 pointr/prius

I bought a thing on amazon that adds 2 more cup holders and a storage place.

Carmate Toyota Prius Cup Holder Tray Black

u/IamGummibar · 3 pointsr/prius

I got the nimbus mount from Amazon. Design for the Prius. The Nimbus Mount

u/TurtlePrius · 1 pointr/prius

It’s very likely this. Mine did the same thing until I bought an isolator on Amazon:

u/ricothecat3 · 13 pointsr/prius

You have to buy an OBD2 for about $20 from eBay or Amazon and download the “Dr. Prius” app. Then you pay $12 on the Dr. Prius app and you have unlimited scans. The total cost is $32 but it’s yours forever. Check it out on YouTube. Here’s the link for the one I bought.

u/PippoKPax · 4 pointsr/prius

Get Carista, you connect it to your OBD2 port (left of your steering wheel). It connects over Bluetooth to your phone and you can change all kinds of settings. Get rid of back up beeps, seatbelt beeps, and more. Must have!

Carista OBD2 Bluetooth Adapter, Scanner and App for iOS and Android: Diagnose, Customize and Service your Audi, VW, Toyota, Lexus, BMW, Mini or Scion with dealer level technology

u/gablekevin · 2 pointsr/prius

I had the same lights and the car was running fine but I had the p0a93 which is a bad inverter pump generally (it's a cheap $60 for parts and coooant fix). So I replaced and I was still getting nothing. It turned out one of the connectors up towards the firewall that must control that pump had the wires chewed through by a rodent. So I got the wires resoldered up and everything was working again.

Btw every car owner should one of these Bluetooth obd 2 readers it will save you tons of money and headaches because then you can know whether your check engine light is something that can wait or has to be fixed now BAFXducts Bluetooth Diagnostic OBDII Reader/Scanner for Android Devices

u/ElTurbo · 1 pointr/prius

Mpow Ground Loop Noise Isolator for Car Audio/Home Stereo System with 3.5mm Audio Cable (Black)