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I was recently on a business trip and Avis stuck me with a Prius for a week. I was kind of excited because I expected it to allow me to legitimately trash the Prius but it's sort of did the opposite

The Prius is actually nice to drive! It's not sporty but the steering has a nice feel. I kept expecting it to be completely gutless, and it's not fast, but I'd say it has a little more get up and go than a lot of basic economy cars.
I really liked the interior, it had a cool spacey, 2001 sort of vibe. I even liked the weird center cluster. The one I had had awesome white accents but they pussed out and made the seats very light silvery grey which didn't match the rest of the black and white interior. It's not like the the silver hid dirt and stains either. Being Avis my car was filthy and gross with grime, dirt, and stains EVERYWHERE. ( I actually debated going civic, mustang, or 3 instead of WRX just for a white interior)
I actually like the brake pedal feel way better in the Prius than my WRX. It's got a sentive firmness to it that I really miss from my old 5th gen Celica.
plus the fuel economy is no joke. I thought I was beating on the poor car but the display stayed pegged 47mpg. I didn't bother to do my own calculations but based on other similar buisness trips I would have expected to use 7+ gallons that week and I only used 5gal!:thumbup:

Of corse to counter the good, there was still plenty to complain about
The exterior styling makes me angry, at least the old priuses were bland and nondescript this new "origami" styling is ridiculous and ugly. It's like somebody at Toyota said "remember how we claimed the 7th gen Celica "looks fast" but it really just looked angular and bloated? Let's do that again but way way worse!"
The split in the center of the rear hatch made for a heavily obstructed view in the mirror. I guess It wasn't a concerning blind spot but still it was bad.
Also the amount of highway road noise in the Prius makes the wrx sound like a luxury car.
the back-up beep was annoying, I get that pedestrians might not hear it in reverse running off the electric motor but still this sucked.:thumbdown

Overall its good qualities do out wheigh its faults. Its nowhere near as dismal as expected It to be and If I had a terrible long stop and go traffic commute I definitely opt for a Prius, and trade it in for something fun when I moved, or got a better job with a tolerable commute :p.
 

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I had a Prius a few years ago when I took a trip to MN. I'm tall enough that my head was hitting the headliner. Every bump caused the "button" in the top of my hat to dig into my scalp. That was enough for me to never want to own one.
 

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They're good for what they are meant for - economy.


The new styling, I agree. It's horrendous. It's like they looked at an old Thunderbird with the big flares and said "all those other Americans are redoing old cars. Let's copy them"
 

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I'm a big fan of the Prius and have believed for decades that Toyota is among the two best manufacturers in the world.

I'd drive one gladly.
 

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I went to Tire Rack because they're having a sale on O.Z. racing classic rally wheels, with the REALLY sexy solid dish design. You can set up any car and I'm going to try and get their system to show my a Prius with the gravel rally O.Z. classic wheels because I think the high tech figure of the Prius with the nearly full dish will go well together. Heh. Here's an image of the wheels from a shop that recycles Cosworth parts:

 

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If it met our practical needs (space, etc.), and my wife's preferences, I'd be happy to have a Prius as a family car. It's an excellent car with a good track record, and I'm a fan of Toyota as a car builder. My inlaws are huge Prius snobs, own 2, and theirs appear to have served very well over the years. I'd recommend it, if someone was asking me about it for their own use.

Alas, it's not a good fit; we prefer, and actually need, a family vehicle with more space, at least mid-sized SUV type space. And my wife likes to be higher up in traffic than a Prius would facilitate. And frankly, I think she believes that they are hideous, and that's important to her.

For my personal DD...never. It's not built with me in mind. I've spent time in my inlaws' cars...it's a snooze fest, which, of course, suits the 99% of the population that purchases cars. My usual parameters apply: I prefer a true manual, AWD/RWD, an enthusiast-centric suspension setup, lightweight (it actually meets this criteria), a responsive and fun engine, etc. Honestly, even if I had a hardcore sports car, and then could also get the Prius as a DD...I still don't think I'd be inspired to want one. There are just too many options out there that sound like more fun to me.

It's also, IMO, the fugliest car on the road, but frankly, I'd still consider it if that was the only thing I didn't like. I can't see it when I'm driving it.
 

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Nice write-up. I've owned a Prius since 2007. After 275K miles on it, I've yet to do anything except change the fluids, tires and pads. The first brake pad change was at 110K mile (regenerative braking makes pads last ungodly long). The one thing I would add to your write-up is how other motorists tend to treat Pruis drivers. They will cut you off in a heartbeat think you are going to slow them down if you get in front of them. On the flip side, it makes it easy to pass people as they would never expect it in a Prius. Power-wise, it is on par with most compacts or small sedans out there, so I've never understood the complaints about it being too slow. I drive the hell out of this car, and yes, it will spin the tires, and yes, you can get it sideways with some finesse...ask me how I know? :eek:
 

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I'm a big fan of the Prius and have believed for decades that Toyota is among the two best manufacturers in the world.

I'd drive one gladly.
Okis this serious? No guts no style no...nothing. when I drive or decide to buy a car it has to move me to gently remind me of why cars are such a huge part of my life. I've probably owned over 100 cars and each one spoke to me in it's own way. A shitbox with no guts would be full of .308 rounds if I had my way
 

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Okis this serious? No guts no style no...nothing. when I drive or decide to buy a car it has to move me to gently remind me of why cars are such a huge part of my life. I've probably owned over 100 cars and each one spoke to me in it's own way. A shitbox with no guts would be full of .308 rounds if I had my way
Yes.

I'm also a huge fan of the Prius, as well as most hybrid or all electric vehicles. The advantages are numerous to the tune of the IC engine is a waste of engineering effort outside of a few uses.

Electric motors offer better power, better torque delivery, better efficiency, better reliability, easier maintenance, and at the end of the day a better driving experience. As battery tech continues to improve year over year we will quickly reach the point where outside of some unknown renewable low emissions combustible like hydrogen, the IC engine is dead and buried.

I see you are a driver. Imagine having more torque, torque that is instantly available, a lighter rig, lower operating cost and overall better reliability as a million miles on an electric motor isn't even beginning to test it's longevity.

At the same weight of that cat motor you could have the same torque and power at each wheel. Although for the long haul game there is still 5-10 years before the battery technology gets up to snuff, it's a win win all around.
 
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