2008 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Hybrids are the shape of things to come, & from my test drives of available makes, Toy is on top of the game as usual. Driver & passenger comfort good with impressive haul space. Fun driving? Hey, it's a single gear electric car! Here's my honest take of pros & cons. The Prius is a great car for city, flat highways & perfect conditions. Its biggest downside is over engineered aerodynamics. Introduce a hill, kiss your mpg goodbye. Introduce wind, kiss your wife goodbye. Handles snow & ice superbly, gravel & bumps are Kryptonite. A quick car, after the initial hesitation from a standstill. Tires wear 30% faster. Dangerously quiet for pedestrians. Buy the service contract.
MPG, if you practice at it. Very simple to operate. Really this was a great car until we moved to the country. Its downsides are well over shadowed by the upsides. Overall, it's a good step in the right direction & well worth the money.
Backup beep belongs on the outside! Less engineering, more practicality. After 40000, expense to maintain began to out weigh fuel savings. Takeoff hesitation has got to go. Heater stinks. Night time windshield glare. Fabric stains. Finally, put in synthetic gear change sensations so I can breathe.
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