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Pros: Using 40% of the gas of my previous vehicle (BMW 328is)
Advice: Get the package B with side air curtain.Toyota did it. They took all the annoying things about a car and perfected them. The mileage is excellent. It is user sensitive. If you drive like an idiot (tail gating, your foot is either on the gas or the brake) then this car is not for you. The computer will teach you how to drive. There is a coast mode on this car. You just barely touch the gas pedal and the car will become frictionless as the electric motor kicks in. Then you can coast for quite a distance using 0.0 L/100Km. This car has excellent acceleration and is really quite nimble.
Pros: Low air pollution and super high gas economy
Cons: Modest weight of vehicle
Advice: Just do it. It will rank among the best choices you will ever make.I own a 2004 Prius. I have been driving for 40 years. This is the best car I have ever owned. I also own a '98 Lexus 400, which is a great car, but I prefer to drive my Prius. Not only is the Prius, pound for pound, the most superior car I have ever driven, but it makes me feel good about myself, because I feel I am now part of the solution, instead of continuing to be part of the problem. The air we pollute, and the lung cancer and heart attacks we cause, by driving ordinary cars, is killing us, our children, and financially strangling our economy and nation. If we are to be moral and responsible Americans, parents and citizens, I can not imagine any other vehicle to drive. The simple truth is that Toyota makes the best cars in the world -- the most durable, the most trouble free, the most reliable, and needing the least amount of repairs. It is a no brainer. Also, it is thoroughly entertaining to drive the Prius. It is like playing a video game while driving -- you manipulate the gas pedal in such a way as to maximize the economical operation of the vehicle. I submit that the people who drive Prius's exhibit exceptional character and virtue, because they are helping all of us. I have also noticed that I seem to receive better, preferential treatment from law enforcement, presumably because the morality of my driving choice is duly appreciated. Live long and prosper -- drive a PRIUS. Sincerely, Mill Valley, California. PS They have great speed and absolutely wonderful handling characteristics.
Pros: Navigation system
Cons: No electric seat controls
Advice: Put in your order now for the new year!Fantastic! Have put 23,000 miles on mine since November 2003 and have had no problems. Average mileage is 44.8 mpg but then I have a 'lead foot' and it responds to it! Have had two dealer recalls which were taken care of immediately before I noticed any difficulties. I highly recommend this car and can't wait to see what is in store for the 2005 model. Would love to see electric seat controls and a lumbar support. An electronic trip meter with elapsed time would be nice as well. Although I, too, have found the beige interior to show dirt, it cleans up better than expected including ball-point ink. The car is a work horse all week and our car of choice on the week-ends.
Pros: Gas Mileage and the Jetson-Mobile Features
Cons: Interior seats show dirt too easy. I have the tan or beige interior. Also, not being able to add extras on this vehicle.
Advice: GET ONEThis car has plenty of get-up and go! I have no complaints on this car as it is very quiet, great back seat leg room, cargo carrying ability, and comfortable. Also, this car passes everything, including, 'GAS STATIONS.' hooray! WHO NEEDS AN SUV?
Pros: Touch screen
Cons: The hood is shaped funny. You cannot see where it ends also visability through the rear window takes some getting used to
Advice: If your tired of high gas prices this babys got it allAt first glance the all black prius looks more like a bug than a car, but I've grown to like the heads it turns. The interior was the first thing I noticed. VERY roomy. easily seats 5. Still my biggest fear was a matter of Speed. Does it respond well to the petal to the metal theory? Yes yes it does. Although going 90+ MPH kills your mileage the electric bug sure does get its groove on!!!
Pros: The little eyeglass holder in the roof! Well, that, and the gasoline consumption and comfort.
Cons: The long wait for its arrival.
Advice: Order now, order fast, don't look back! ...it's the best!It is inconvenient to wait for a new car, but this one was worth it! I am very happy with my new Prius. It comes with features not available in the competing model and, for the price, the features are upscale. I bought the full package and I am glad that I did. The navigational system has helped me find my way around (I am new to the area.) But as far as the car itself, the warranty is great and I have not had one problem with it. The only drawback I have found is that it advertises seating for 5, but unless the 5th person is TINY it would be very uncomfortable. Normally, seating for 4 is super! Great head and leg room. I love the keyless entry. I keep the key with me and never need remove it from my pocket in order to operate the car. Of course, the gas mileage is terrific! Especially in this day of climbing gasoline prices. I really do love this car!
Pros: Smart Start/Smart Entry - no keys needed to lock/unlock/start this vehicle!
Cons: The driver's seat - a little more legroom and more than the forward/back/recline options
Advice: Packages #6,7 are best if you don't need NAV, otherwise go for #9. No color preference gets quicker delivery!First off, the 2004 Prius bears no physical resemblance to its predecessors and outperforms last year's model significantly. The 2004 liftback is the first year model using Toyota's re-engineered THS II (Toyota Hybrid System). With a 0 to 60 of 10.1 seconds, you won't blow away any racing enthusiasts next to you at the stoplight, but you will surely outrun them in the long haul. I've put 1500 miles on this vehicle in five weeks time, have averaged 52.0 mpg with combined city/highway driving, and have pumped a grand total of 22 gallons thus far ($50 worth at Bay Area pricing), compared to my previous $200/month budget. The BC#9 package includes all the high-tech toys including Bluetooth phone, DVD NAV system, and Smart-Entry/Smart-Start system, which allows you to unlock and start the car without the need for a key, thanks to a transceiver inside the alarm fob. The Energy Monitor display quickly becomes a on-going game to see how 'efficiently' you can drive this car without using too much fuel. The animated energy 'flow' arrows actually teach you how to jockey the gas pedal to maximize your mileage. Interior space is excellent with more than enough backseat room, as well as lots of cargo space. It's also well-fitted for a carseat and the prerequisite baggage that parents with small children will require and appreciate. The front seat, however, is manual only and could use another inch or two for those of us over 6'. If you're set on owning a hybrid, this is the clear winner for 2004 in terms of price and performance. If you want some added mileage and cleaner air, but feel you really can't give up acceleration and power, then you may wish to wait for the SUV models due out for 2005.