2003 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I bought the Prius because I'm an
environmentalist. I drive it because it
really is a very enjoyable little car
to drive in the city. I've always had
Hondas and I appreciate the tight,
precise handling. The Prius is even a
little better than our Honda Accord in
that regard -- driving is almost
effortless. The steering is very
smooth. The ride is quiet. The driver's
seat is positioned well and is quite
comfortable. And of course, it helps
when you can feel a little bit of pride
in what you drive. If you support
American energy independence and clean
air, you should be in one of these.
Ride comfort, quietness. Tight turning
circle. Nifty continuous gas-mileage
readout. Driving in 'stealth' mode --
no engine noise.
A/C in the 2002 kills my summer gas
mileage (only 43mpg!). 2004 model fixes
this with electric A/C.