I went from driving a midsized SUV to a Prius and have never looked back. The main reason I switched was the MPG. The Prius is roomier that I previously thought as well. I average in the mid-40's mpg ...
I went from driving a midsized SUV to a Prius and have never looked back. The main reason I switched was the MPG. The Prius is roomier that I previously thought as well. I average in the mid-40's mpg around town and between 50-60 on the highway depending on speed. Driving at 60 mph = about 60 mpg!!!
As of about 3 months ago, I swore I would never drive a Prius and detested anyone who did. Then I test drove one at my local dealership and that changed my mind on the spot.
I opted for the Prius 5 which has leather, heated seats, navigation, bluetooth, and HID headlights. All of the technology works great and I am very pleased with the car overall. The seats are much more comfortable that I expected, especially on long trips. I was expecting to have to put a subwoofer in to make the speakers sound better but with the JBL system that came with the 5, I didn't need to change a thing!! That was a pleasant surprise.
There is ample storage with the seats folded down for most the majority of my uses. I'm sure moving is going to be tougher when that rolls around but I'll figure something out. The only downside to switching from a SUV to a car is losing the towing ability. The fit and finish on the Prius is impressive. It drives incredibly smooth and quiet on the highway and is a very comfortable car (I'm 6' 5").
Fill ups run between $32-35 depending on the price of gas. Right now its around $3.50 and a tank will get me about 500 miles!
Switching from a traditional gas powered car to a hybrid takes time to learn the system and how to achieve the best MPG. Taking off quickly from stop lights is no longer an option, and it takes time to pass cars on the highway. Having accepted that, I remind myself that I'm saving a ton of money on gas and I feel better.
I would highly recommend at least driving a Prius before your next purchase, even if you have never considered one.