Rich Guy Car? - 2012 Toyota Prius c Long-Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius c Long Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius C: Rich Guy Car?

November 08, 2012


So I have a friend who pretty much never has to worry about money. Travel, real estate, charter flights, and cars are just a whim away, yet he chooses to drive plug-in Prius. He's a very different rich guy than I'd be, primarily because he's still a rich guy, and by this point I would have squandered all of my money on my favorite indulgences.

That's not to say he doesn't have fun, though. He has a race car and a really nice modern collectable car. He's also looking into a classic roadster this weekend. But he can't stop talking about his Prius. Maybe it's the idea of lightening our reliance on foreign oil. Maybe it's the idea of leaving a better world for his son. Maybe it's politics, or maybe it's the whole Beverly Hills green movement. I don't really know. I started explaining where the Prius batteries come from and what it takes to process those materials, but it had little effect on him.

But I get it. Or, I would if I had an unlimited budget.

For the everyday errands, I can see how driving a track-focused car might get old for most people. I can also see how driving a really nice car can become nerve-wracking around the "talented" drivers in L.A. He loves his Prius, sure, but he wouldn't shed any tears if it got damaged in a fender-bender. It is essentially a very efficient workhorse.

He has an order in on a Tesla S, and that makes a lot more sense to me. It looks cool and it goes fast. I'm pretty sure he'd get rid of the Prius when that happens.

But that begs the question, if you had all of your dream cars, what would your everyday car be?

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

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