pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
80,650 miles
Total Complaints:
12 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced 4 headlight bulbs (5 reports)
  2. replaced low beams (4 reports)
  3. not sure (3 reports)
2011 Toyota Prius lights problems

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2011 Toyota Prius Owner Comments

problem #12

Sep 232016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


No crash but it happened at dusk. I was lucky to get to find an autoparts store

- Kismet S., Lawrenceville, GA, US

problem #11

Nov 012016

Prius 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 156,000 miles

I am sick of stressing when my lights will go out. This is the fourth time I am replacing in a year in a half. I live in Silicon Valley and both my lights went out on the same time on hwy 101 during commute hours at night the first time. My uncle had to meet me to replace my lights. It has happen always at night and I have kids. One of my lights just went out two days ago while taking my son to practice at night. What if the light went out on the other side. Something needs to be done.

- ld23, SAN Jose, CA, US

problem #10

Sep 062016

Prius 1.8L L4 Dohc 16v

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

Driving late at night during rain storm. Both headlights went out suddenly. Definitely a safety issue!!

- Noreen M., Willcox, AZ, US

problem #9

Aug 142016

Prius LX L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles


Both low beam headlights went out at same time. Only high beams worked. Next day i checked all fuses - none blown. Then driver side light started working. I swapped driver/passenger lights and both worked. Lights have been working several hours now. Worried theres a problem with wiring harnesses. Prior to lights not working there was a huge rain storm.

- Joseph W., Boston, MA, US

problem #8

Apr 162016

Prius LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

In the past 6 months, I've replaced my headlights in my 2011 Toyota Prius three times. Twice they burned out at night and I had to drive with my high beams on because I had no headlights. I took the car in to my mechanic for the third time and he told me that it's a problem with the 2010 and 2011 Prius and that the only way to fix the defect is to install an enhancement kit. I had it done because I couldn't drive without headlights. I contacted Toyota on a number of occasions over the last few days and I keep being told that my extended warranty does not cover burned out headlights. No one seems to understand me when I say that I don't expect them to cover burned out headlights, but the headlights are burning out because of a defect in the car. I've asked to speak to a manger at Toyota and am still waiting for a phone call. I'm extremely angry that Toyota knows about this defect and is not doing anything about it. The last time I checked, you can't drive a car without headlights.

- Maryanne S., Doylestown, PA, US

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problem #7

Mar 102015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

My headlights keep going out. First one goes out, i replace it, then the other goes out, i replaced it. 2 months later both go out. I placed them. Two months after that both lights go out. I am continually replacing the lights 5 times in the last year alone.

- Cynthia M., Torrance, CA, US

problem #6

Oct 232015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,540 miles


This is the 3rd time this has happened. Every time one low beam goes out the 2nd will follow in hours. Toyota states I have to use their bulb at a cost of $330 each. Which I cannot afford.

- Frank W., Vienna, IL, US

problem #5

Dec 152015


  • CVT transmission
  • 119,223 miles

This situation is ridiculous! I have replace 8 low beam headlamps and 4 hi beam headlamps in the past year. I didn't have a problem until a year ago and the cost to replace is starting to get crazy. Had to drive to work early in the morning (still dark out) with hi beams on because both low beams went out.

- Brian E., Williamsport, MD, US

problem #4

Sep 102015

Prius 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,400 miles

This past September both headlights went out when I tried to return home at night. This has happened twice before. My auto dealer, Arlington Toyota, said both low beam bulbs were burned out. They then told me they could install a Toyota wiring fix (for $250-300) that would extend the life of my headlights. I told them that offer tells me there is a defect in the wiring and the fix should be paid for by Toyota under a recall notice.

I have noted that Prius owners have been complaining of this same issue since 2007 and yet nothing has been done to recall and fix what seems to be an electrical defect in the car’s wiring or performance. Given the current VW diesel fiasco, I hope this issue can be addressed by the NHSTA and force Toyota to provide safe lighting on its Prius.

- Tim J., Arlington, VA, US

problem #3

May 172015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,619 miles

Driving from Leesburg VA to Bridgeville DE in bumper to bumper traffic in a horrible rain storm.... No dim lights. Finally to get home had to use bright lights as much as possible

- Patrick & Mary C., Bridgeville, DE, US

problem #2

Jun 252014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles

Savings from gas is being consumed by replacing headlight bulbs.

- Yong Y., Ramsey, NJ, US

problem #1

Jun 032014

Prius ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles

My wife was driving home this evening when both of my Prius headlights went out at the same time. Cannot turn them back on. Not sure if it's a electrical problem or the lamps. How do both headlights go out at exactly the same time?

- Dick V., REDMOND, OR, US

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