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#109 of 113 Re: prius performance questions-highway driving; winter driving [dmathews3]
Sep 20, 2009 (10:24 pm)
I used to live in Bergen County before moving to CO. The Prius will be great in NJ, the 2010 even better. The only problem is LONG, STEEP, STRAIGHT mountain passes where you want to go 85 uphill for 3 or 4 miles and the booster battery dies after 2 or 3, leaving you to the smaller gasoline engine which can only do 70 on it own, uphill.
Not a problem on curvy roads where 70 is more than enough or on short hills when 2-3 miles is a lot or on mild hills when the boost lasts longer and the ICE can do 70+ easily on it's own.
#110 of 113 Re: prius performance questions-highway driving; winter driving [stevegold]
Sep 22, 2009 (5:16 pm)
Many thanks for the info.
Not too many of those mountain passe around NJ thank heavens. But I just picked my Prius up and am daunted.The tires do look a bit like bicycle tires and the chassis undercarriage is so low I fear (it gets parked outside) that when the snow piles up over a foot (which it does a few times a winter at least for the last 2) backing it out could be a job. Any perspectives on this? With the old Honda accord somehow this didnt seem an issue.
#111 of 113 Re: prius performance questions-highway driving; winter driving [wpease]
Sep 22, 2009 (7:43 pm)
I have a second set of rims with Blizzak snow tires that I switch to in October. There may be a better snow tire to buy. Check the boards for recomendations.
#113 of 113 Re: prius performance questions-highway driving; winter driving [stevegold]
Sep 23, 2009 (8:16 am)
After driving a BMW 335i with snow tires I happen to know every single Good Samaritan in Toronto who is willing to give a shove to a snow-stuck car.
I am going to try driving my Prius without snowtires and hopefully I will drive by all those very Good Samaritans.
If not then I will consider Blizzaks.Blizzaks for a Prius will be significantly cheaper than those run flat Bridgestone snowtires I used for my BMW which costed me CDN $775 ( $730 US $) a tire in Canada
I love my Prius. The mileage is getting better by the day. And so far no speeding tickets.