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#26 of 52 Re: Toyota Prius Test Drive: What Do You Think? [pf_flyer]
Apr 18, 2007 (6:33 am)
I have driven a 2007 Prius at a dealer in Peoria Ill.I found the car very impressive.Normal acceleration was comparable to my 2006.5 KIA Optima, and the comfort level was even better.I didnt know that battery level would affect the power,so I cant comment on that,but overall my impression of the 2007 model was very positive.
Reading the comments on this thread however will make me think twice before buying one.
#27 of 52 would you recommend it to your friends
Apr 18, 2007 (6:51 am)
That is how you can tell what you really feel about this neat little car.
#28 of 52 I sure would but they all drive big SUVs
Apr 18, 2007 (7:45 am)
#29 of 52 Questions about your Toyota Prius Test Drives
Apr 19, 2007 (1:49 am)
I took the Prius for a test drive down a 30-40 MPH winding road, and found its handling predictable with no problems accelerating quickly from slow speeds.
However, I have heard of two issues that might dissuade me from purchasing this car, and I would like current Prius owners to comment on their own experiences.
1. Slow acceleration from 40 MPH to 65 MPH, i.e., accelerating to "highway speed."
2. Loss of traction in snow or gravel causes onboard computer to incorrectly think car is in idle and shut down electric power to steering wheel and brakes.
#30 of 52 Re: Questions about your Toyota Prius Test Drives [krawitzmail]
Apr 19, 2007 (3:59 am)
Thats some interesting stuff.I sure hope that some owners can clear that up.
#31 of 52 Re: Toyota Prius Test Drive: What Do You Think? [pathstar1]
Apr 19, 2007 (5:52 am)
I know I'm responding to a post 10 days old, but . . . I respect those who purchase a hybrid. However, if you do the math, and compare overall cost of operation and ownership, including purchase price, over say - a 5 year period - there are other more cost-effective alternatives for a new car.
For example, a Corolla, Yaris, Civic, or Fit will be cheaper to operate over that term than a Prius. I'm not sure what the median purchase price is for a Prius, but with the other alternatives, one is already starting with a $8 to $10K advantage over a Prius in purchase price. You'd have to buy a lot of gas to make up for that initial price differential. There's more than the price of gasoline when it comes to calculating total cost of operation of a vehicle.
#32 of 52 I don'r have either of thse problems with my 2004 Prius
Apr 19, 2007 (5:53 am)
My Prius is the best car I've ever owned.
I live in the mountains of Colorado and have two problems.
1. It's not a 4WD so when heavy snow falls, I prefer to use my 4WD Subaru Outback if it's not being used by my wife. If she is using it, I use the Prius which has Blizak snow tires, and have never had a problem.
2. On long, straight, steep mountain passes, like on I-70 to Denver, the battery boost runs out after 5 minutes or so. You are then running only on the ICE gasoline engine which is about half the total power so you can't accelerate past 75-80 or keep up with trucks going that fast. It is worst in very cold weather, with deep snow on the road, and strong head winds. That "perfect storm" has happened to me only once in 3 years. Otherwise the car is fine. A larger engine or "bigger" battery would solve that problem but be less efficient the rest of the time. A turbo booster would probably be the perfect solution.
#33 of 52 Re: Toyota Prius Test Drive: What Do You Think? [w9cw]
Apr 19, 2007 (6:25 am)
Prius is a lot more than just a small car.It is very well equipped,comfortable and even has a certain status value which the ones mentioned do not.A comparably equipped Corolla for instance,would not be all that much cheaper.To get all the equipment standard on the Prius,you would need the very top of the line, and then you would not get the economy of a Prius.I have test driven a Civic and a Corolla, and neither ride as well as a Prius.For me,comfort does count.Someday,I hope to get one.
#34 of 52 Re: Toyota Prius Test Drive: What Do You Think? [mickeyrom]
Apr 19, 2007 (7:28 am)
I agree with you on some of your points, but I'm not interested in the "upscale" options of the aforementioned alternative vehicles, and "status value" means absolutely nothing to me. In the USA, I know I'm in the distinct minority with that position.
Another cheaper alternative is a Camry LE. Certainly as comfortable, and 32 to 34MPG on the highway, and still cheaper if you watch the option list. The Prius is a great car, and a technological tour de force, but not something I would purchase. This is somewhat a paradox, as I'm an engineer, but one who believes in the K.I.S.S theory of design (Keep It Simple, Stupid).
#35 of 52 Re: Toyota Prius Test Drive: What Do You Think? [w9cw]
Apr 19, 2007 (7:52 am)
Well...if creature comfort doesn't matter,then you are correct.One of the Rio,or such type would do the job.Price wise the Prius cant compete with a $13 K car.Since my car cost pretty much the same as a Prius,the price would be a wash.
"32-34"MPG...thats quite adequate,but the city mileage IMO doesn't approach what's on the sticker.My car is rated 24 cty,but I've gotten as low as 12.2 ,so to me thats where you really save with a hybrid,more than on the highway.Consumer Reports rates virtually all the cars of the size of a Camry,at real world mileage ,city,at around 15 MPG.I'm speaking of the 4 cylinder models now,not the sixes.
BTW we have several friends who have Prius,and in both cases put well 100K miles on them with no problems,so I think the technology is getting quite mature.