How to Park a Prius


The Prius is a compact vehicle with high gas mileage and a relatively fragile body making it necessary to proceed with caution when parking and reversing the vehicle. Manufactured by Toyota, the Prius entered the Asian automobile market in 1997. It did not reach the U.S. automobile market until 2001. The vehicle is currently available for sale in over 40 countries. As of 2009, the Prius is a top seller for Toyota, with over 1.2 million vehicles sold worldwide.

Parallel Parking

  • Drive several feet in front of where you want to parallel park.

  • Use your turn signal and put your Prius in reverse to indicate to other drivers that you will reverse your vehicle and park in the space behind you.

  • Engage the Intelligent Parking Assist or Self Park feature if your Prius is equipped with either system. Similar to cruise control, the feature is run by a built-in computer and steering sensor. It is not necessary to move the steering wheel or shift gears once the Self Park feature is engaged; however, you must "keep your foot lightly on the brake pedal," according to Hybrid Vehicle Star. A voice will say, "The assist is over," once your Prius is completely parked.

  • If your Prius does not have an automated parking system, then use the usual procedure for parallel parking: Turn the steering wheel far left until it cannot turn any further. Release your foot from the brake, and allow the car to slowly reverse. The natural pull of the steering wheel (based on the positioning of the tires) will cause the car to curve backwards into position moving left to right. Continue to reverse the car for several inches or until you are within inches of the car parked behind you. Press your foot on the brake and then turn the steering wheel far right. Release your foot and allow the front end of the car to ease into the space completely. The car should be aligned with the curb.

  • Park your car several inches in front of the car behind you to minimize the amount of parking space your Prius takes up. Put the car in "Park, or P."

Non-Parallel Parking

Tips & Warnings

  • Future versions of the Self Park may be updated with advances to its touch panel.
  • See your owner's manual for Park Assist instructions.

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