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Pros: Saving gas
Cons: That it doesn't run on water. GRIN!
Advice: BUY ONE NOW!The drive of the Prius is wonderful, it handles the road nicely and there are no blind spots when looking in the mirrors.
Pros: The AWESOME fuel economy (without sacrificing power).
Cons: No power driver's seat available.
Advice: Shop around -- many dealers now offer cars at less than MSRP.The Prius uses fantastic new technology. The ride is quiet and smooth, particularly when you consider the car's fairly small size. The transition from all-electric to gasoline-electric is very smooth. I've driven the FCX (hydrogen fuel cell), all-electric RAV-4, and all-electric Nissan -- I'd pick the Prius anytime over these others. We've owned our own now for two months and LOVE it. If only it had a power driver's seat . . .
Pros: Smart Key
Cons: centerline hump makes rear seat less comfortable for 3.
Advice: Be flexible on color and package - Checks LOTS of dealers for wait list and # they receive monthly. Do NOT pay over MSRP!Prius is fine in snow, but not with the OEM tires. Depending on how much snow you get, you will need dedicated snow tires or high end All Seasons. I'm not sure how it would handle on hilly dirt roads if they aren't well plowed as I didn't try it. I got a package with VSC and could not even start a skid in tests in a sloped parking lot full of snow. It starts as easily at 20 below 0 F as it does at 80 F! Push Power and the car is ready to go before you have buckled your seatbelt. Considered the Honda Civic Hybrid, but the rear seat doesn't fold down (nor do they in the new Honda Accord Hybrid). In my opinion, the Toyota full hybrid design with its all electric capability is much better than the Honda IMA. There are places on my commute I can go about a mile without the gas engine running at all. The planetary gear system 'transmission' is extremely smooth. I want the Smart Key System to work with my house! Never have to use a key or get the fob out to push buttons to unlock/lock, etc. I think the power is fine. A lot of people have been brain washed into thinking if they can't get 0-60 in 7 seconds, they are going to die on the road. Not true. Instead of trying to push in front of that car, turn on your indicator and merge behind them, even if you can do 0-60 in 5 seconds. Everyone will be happier. People also think they need the biggest thing on the road to be safe. A Prius with side curtain airbags has a double 5 star crash rating. That isn't true of many vehicles, notably the SUVs people buy to be 'safer'. The worst mileage I got was 32+ during a 2 week period where it never went about 9F and was below -10F every night. Now that it is warm, I am getting 54+ on the same roads. The flexibility of the interior, with the front seat that folds back flat to the rear seat means I can easily carry 8' lumber INSIDE with the hatch closed. Smaller (ie flexible) diameter PVC (I brought home a bunch of 1') 10' long fits diagonally going to the floor of the front passenger seat. There isn't another car for sale today I would trade for my Prius.
Pros: mileage, roominess, comfort and safety
Cons: dealing with the dealer
Advice: This is the car of the future.Ordered 10-03, delivered 2-04. Averaging 44 mpg overall. Love the car. Wish I could get one for my wife. Perfect except for driving with cross winds; mileage not that good when driving over 70 mph. Original tires lasted 37K miles. Hatch back swallows volumes of cargo. Dealer people weren't that familiar with the vehicle and its service requirements. The future is here and the PRius represents the future when it comes to cars.
Pros: TURNS ON A DIME, EASE OF HANDLING
Advice: BUY IT A QUICKLY AS YOU CANTHE BEST AUTOMOBILE I HAVE EVER DRIVEN. SILENT, PEPPY, A DREAM TO DRIVE.
Pros: Nothing in particular. It is a quality built vehicle in every respect.
Cons: I can't identify anything with the car.
Advice: Order one.I was impressed with the quick pick up of the engine. My previous car was a 1994 Mercury Cougar V8 and I was afraid the Prius might not be satisfactory in highway driving. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I test drove a Prius prior to ordering one.
Pros: The hybrid, driving 30-40mph and rolling down the window and hearing nothing but the wheels rolling
Cons: The voice recognition doesn't work well with my voice, but works well with my wife's
Advice: Imagine driving 350 miles and only cost you $15@ $2 per gallon, I save $150 a monthI Love It. I drive 150 + Miles a day. In summer I averaged 50-54mpg@70mph and 45mpg in winter when below 35 degrees. This car looks small but I am 6'5' and I have plenty of leg&head room. The Navigation system is a must. It is very powerful and handles great. In the winter during snowy and icy conditions the traction control and VSC systems helps tremendously on keeping you safe and ariving you to your destination, This is my best purchase!!!