2006 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
We love the Prius. It has more comfort for 4 people than our former Oldsmobile Intrigue. Overall well designed. Disappointing is the mileage in the winter. A typical 30 mile trip is about 46 mpg dropping a little in the winter when the heater needs to be on. Less than quoted. MPG goes up to about 50 on a 120 mile trip to Seattle on the freeway. The mileage goes up in stop and go traffic. The concept is great and if the batteries had more capacity one could draw more from them and mileage would improve greatly. The plug and drive would be immense help for us who typically drive 30 miles per day. Lobby for plug and drive!!
Use of electricity and comfort. Reduced pollution with better gas mileage. Lots of leg room for people sitting in back.
Larger battery capacity and plug and charge feature. Electric heat converters for heat and air conditioning. A switch over to gas motor control for recharging the standard battery if it gets discharged by leaving lights on.