2004 Toyota Prius Long-Term Road Test


2004 Toyota Prius: Educational Road Trip

May 10, 2010

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My fourth grader is working on a school report about the California Poppy Reserve (our state flower, ya know) and I decided the 100-mile run between our home in Long Beach and the reserve in the Antelope Valley was too short not to give her some firsthand knowledge.

So Saturday morning we drove the long-term 2004 Toyota Prius from the beach through the Santa Monica mountains, into the San Fernando Valley, passed by a Los Angeles aqueduct, rolled along Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park and Red Rock Canyon State Park (Flintstones movie was filmed in one of those areas, Emma asks, "What do rocks have to do with vitamins?!") into the high Mojave Desert.

After exiting the 14 freeway in Lancaster on Ave I, we passed by a juvenile detention center, a state prison and a humane society before we arrived in the land of orange flowers.

The Prius chugged along through it all, struggling loudly up the sizeable grades, appreciating the downhill miles.

Next school project this month is about the San Miguel Mission, which Google maps tells me is 235 miles or a mere 4-5 hours each way.

Might need to pick a more ambitious car for that one.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 68,405 miles

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