It was originally sold in the San Francisco Bay Area where drivers of Priuses and Insights were, early in the hybrid era, given permission to drive solo in the carpool lanes. For many commuting in the region's maddeningly overcrowded highways, that was worth more than 52 mpg. The car migrated to Denver at some point.
The digital odometer means I can't check the mileage on this car, but it had 170,632 miles on the clock about a year ago. That's low for any Toyota and ridiculously low for a Prius.
The tires are worn down to the steel belts, indicating that this car's last owner didn't believe in spending money on fuel ... or on basic safety items.
The interior looks decent and the body is straight. Perhaps the hybrid system's expensive battery pack went bad, or maybe the gasoline engine just had a good old-fashioned thrown rod.
This was the penultimate year for the original-generation Prius. The second-generation version introduced for 2004 was vastly more popular and provided the formula (including the iconic shape and hatchback cargo area) that lives on today.