First know that I am a German car enthusiast..yes, like BMW's, Benz, Audi etc...fast, road hugging, high end driving machines that give you a thrill every time you get behind the wheel. I found myself...
First know that I am a German car enthusiast..yes, like BMW's, Benz, Audi etc...fast, road hugging, high end driving machines that give you a thrill every time you get behind the wheel. I found myself putting a lot of miles on my car and making very regular $50. visits to the gas pump. Long story short and with a fair amount of trepidation, I bought a Prius, loaded, white. So here are my thoughts....
If I am in a sports car, I drive aggressively. If I am in the Prius, I drive like a normal person. This is good. I took at 600 mile road trip to northern Minnesota in the Prius, even with snow tires and ave. speeds of 65 mph, it averaged 48 mpg. And I'd only driven the car for 2 weeks, so I am still learning to push the mpg's thru driving technique. The seats while not the ultimate in comfort, were perfectly fine. The heating system & defrosters kept the visibility great and interior temp even. I have blue tooth and the premium JBL sound system...I streamed podcasts and music - sound was very nice and especially at higher volumes the sound gets richer.
Yes, there is a rattle in the dash, when the car is cold, on the passenger side. It disappears when the car warms up.
I needed hauling capability in the trunk and coming from a Volvo wagon, I was a bit concerned that it would be too small on the Prius but there too, it is meeting my needs and then some.
I really didn't expect to love this car given its characteristics as a driving experience - it most definitely does not take a corner the way a BMW does. But despite that, since I now drive like a normal person, I really enjoy it. There is something intrinsically and continuously satisfying, even enjoyable about getting 48 mpg.
I test drove the Lexus hybrid, and that was much more of a driving machine but its very small and the mpg's are closer to 40 than 50 and its significantly more money to buy and own.
I also drove the new Ford C-Max which I liked but the Ford dealers that I dealt with had the most underwhelming and unappealing sales staff - it had a very 'old school' car salesroom feeling. Plus that car has just been introduced to the US market, so there are no used ones on the market and its decidedly not cute.
The Prius III continues to exceed my expectations and you can count me among a new and growing number of Prius enthusiasts.