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I've only test driven a Prius for a few miles so am not as expert as an owner. I wanted to mention here that comparing a Prius to a Corolla for the purpose of calculating payback seems off the mark. Better to compare the cost of a Matrix. Even then the comparison lacks some fairness since the Prius is a superior car. That said, the payback is probably more like half as long as when compared to the more equal models. The half as long drops way down if gas goes up or if miles driven per period goes up. Of course, there are many more factors that feed the equation, many of which are dependent on outside factors such as fuel prices, depreciation, supply and demand, reliability, and others.Report it
Obviously, fuel economy should have been five stars, not two stars. The others I stand by. I don't see any way to edit a review.Report it
I appreciate a straightforward review and this seems to offer a lot of info. A major issue for me with a car is the structure and comfort of the seats. Most lower-mid Japanese cars have lousy seats for long drives, especially if you're a bigger driver. My Subaru kills my back for anything longer than an hour. I'd rented a Prius and had driven it for 60-90 minutes at a time, but I'm concerned about those 5-6 hour stretches. Also, thanks for mentioning the cost/savings w/regard to hybrid price vs. some other smaller cars. The environment is very important, but hybrids can't claim to be all that green because of the batteries used.Report it
you're forgetting one thing..... the prius has always been about helping the environment and not saving money.Report it
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