2006 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
With a large tax credit to offset the "hybrid premium" it was an easy decision to try the Prius. I was looking for a hatchback as these have the versatility that a one-car household needs without the punishing costs of a SUV. There were surprisingly few hatchback choices in 2006 and this one has turned out to be a winner. Fuel economy to date (45,000 miles) 58.9 MPG; reliability 100%; servicing costs average; fun factor 5 for a normal person, 8 for a geek. Interestingly, I got stranded one night by floods and slept in the car until morning; the ICE kicked on and off occasionally to recharge the battery and keep the A/C running. This car is now my personal hurricane evacuation plan!!
Fuel economy; quietness of interior; versatility of the hatchback; "stealth mode".
Interior trim fabrics need to be harder-wearing; sunshade for MFD; OEM tires are rubbish.
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