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Good fuel economy but overall value?
Pros: Reliable, gas consumption, cargo capacity
Cons: Cost-initial nad disappointg trade-in1) The advtg of good fuel economy 45 mpg over 38500 over 3.25 yrs, mostly hwy miles, is lost taking into consideration 2) the initial price being 2000$ more than a conventional engine (non-hybrid) comparable Honda or Toyota car and 3) ins rate is higher for the Prius (State Farm, rural area, 65 yr old owner w excellent driving record) than for a new Subaru Forester 4) The Priu was reliable excpt for needing a new 12 V (not the 4,000$ or so hybrid battery) battery within a yr of purchase. 5) Resale value was utterly disappointing. Thanks to moderate gas price and Toyota's tarnished reputn, I got NOT A SINGLE offer after having advtd on cars.com for 4 months. The dealer's trade-in was also disappointingly low. Summary: My experience over 3.25 yrs of ownership shows there are better values than a Prius. Consumers Reports calculates that it'd take 8 yrs of use @15,000 miles per yr w gas at current prices, to recover the higher purch price. I'm a tree lover but not at this cost.
A great Car
Cons: the false publicity about accelerationWe love our 2010 Toyota Prius, especially the 50 plus MPG fuel consumption. We will definitely buy another one.
Pros: Fuel Economy
Cons: Very little 'do-it-yourself' maintenance possibleLove the car! Very roomy & comfortable. Plenty of zip when needed. I smile everytime I pull into the gas station.
My favorite ever
Pros: quiet ride low gas
Cons: automaticWonderful car great service
I Love My Prius!
Pros: The seats!
Cons: There is nothing I don't like about my car.My Prius is very comfortable, (I'm 5'6' and a bit overweight). I have the leather seats and it is a IV model. All the gadgets are cool and it runs very well. Wonderful on gas, 50+ mpg. For a small car it is great, doesn't feel small inside. My 6'4' cousin rode in it and was comfortable.
Practical Commuter Car
Pros: Gas Mileage
Cons: Lack of PowerGreat on gas and comfort. Easy to maintain and a quiet, comfortable drive. It has all of the features you want in a commuter car. Don't look for performance, you're not taking anyone off a stop light or a freeway entrance.
66 years experience
Cons: nothingFinally found the perfect sensible car.....