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#185 of 433 I Feel Very Fortunate
Jul 20, 2009 (8:53 am)
Please trust me that I am not poking fun at other contributors to this and other forums. Rather, I feel genuinely fortunate, because I now own a fantastic vehicle.
I own a G3, IV and find that it is quiet, comfortable, most economical, and fun to drive. I like the looks too. I purchased it for it's fuel efficiency, which to date is greater than the EPA figure. That is great!! But, in addition, I have found the NAV system is functional, and very clear; The drive comfort is much better than expected, it is stable, and drives straight without issue; the interior is tomb quiet; the audio system is better than my hearing .... no complaints; the seats are comfortable even on moderately long trips (longest has been 250 miles to date); and I could go on and on.
Truthfully, I have enjoyed every car I have owned. My last was an Acura RSX (a lot of fun to drive, and very economical). Prior to that I owned a 2001 Toyota Highlander, (great car)(traded in on the Prius). The list includes another Acura, another Toyota, a Nissan, two VW's, and long before that several Fords.
I know that many feel a $25-30,000 vehicle should be perfect. I have not found many "perfect" things in my life, but I have found many excellent things. So far, I include the 2010 Prius on the "Excellent" list. I tend to thoroughly research a product, make the best deal possible, and then enjoy the purchase. If a problem develops, I try to solve it, but some writers seem to search for problems, or features they do not like, or list features they wish it had.
I suppose I have enjoyed reading others comments, but most often I conclude how glad I am that mine does not have that problem.
I sure do feel smart when I fill up the tank ..... thank you Toyota.
#186 of 433 Re: I Feel Very Fortunate [felt]
Jul 20, 2009 (11:53 am)
Since you have the nav unit can you tell me if you go to the screen with points of interest (at least that is what most nav units call it) and go to where you look for restuarants and click on that. Does it give you a read out of restuarants starting with the closest ones and going farther out? Reason being we are looking for a new car when wifes car is off lease at the end of the year and her current one doesn't do that. What it does is you go to the map and turn on the icons for restuarants and then you have to touch each icon to see what the name of the restuarant is. We drove a Ford Fusion Hybrid this morning and it has the feature with the readout and also a very beautiful screen too. Thank you for your help.
#187 of 433 Re: I Feel Very Fortunate [dmathews3]
Jul 20, 2009 (1:47 pm)
Hi, I will tell you what we have learned thus far. The "points of interest" feature will take more time to understand all it's capabilities. We are taking a mini-vacation this week, and will learn more about that feature.
When driving on the Interstate, it does show the next three exits before you. It does list gasoline, lodging, food and "$" .... not sure if that means "ATM" or a bank. Again, that feature will need to be understoof a bit better. One aspect of the NAV that I have not become accustomed to ... the vehicle cannot be moving when changes are entered. I tend to get in and go, and my wife complains that I did not give her enough time to set things up. The name of the restuarant is not shown (that I have seen). Some have complained about teh clarity of the screen. The only complaint I have is all the fingerprints on the touch screen.
I considered the Fusion, but could find no dealer that had one to drive. The local Ford dealer did not even meet me in the showroom floor or when we walked around the lot. I mused that they must not be hungary enough yet.
I have read good things about the Fusion, and I like the looks of it, but alas, I went for the mileage, and the Toyota reputation. Actually, I considered giving Ford my business for not accepting the govt money. But in the end, I went with the Prius, and do feel I could not have done any better. As I mentioned, I traded a 2001 Toyota that has been an outstanding vehicle.
#188 of 433 Re: I Feel Very Fortunate [dmathews3]
Jul 20, 2009 (2:39 pm)
You can also do it by voice command...my favorite is..'I'm hungry'. that will bring up all the icons on the map around your present location.
#189 of 433 Re: I Feel Very Fortunate [felt]
Jul 20, 2009 (5:49 pm)
felt - how did you "make the best deal possible"? i am in the market for a new car and prius is topping my wish list but i have been unable to get any quotes down from sticker. i would love the IV with the solar package but, as a new young professional, im probably being a bit overzealous and would be fine without the leather. i have a 3 hour commute and have had my little vw cabrio for seven years so its time for something more reliable and efficient - any advice is appreciated!
#190 of 433 Re: I Feel Very Fortunate [donewithvws]
Jul 20, 2009 (8:53 pm)
I dont know what state you live in. I am in southern CA. and I just bought a white exterior and beige interior package IV with solar roof and navi. Even though package IV and V are rare compared to other packages, but you still should be able to get at least a few hundred dollars off the MSRP. I got $400 off but I could have hassle for at least $100 off.
I admitted at first when I first got the car, I did not like it and kind of regretted it, but the more I drive and learn about the vehicle, the more I like it. If you want to save little money, you can skipp the solar roof, but I highly recommend the Navi. it is worth getting the Navi. the solar make it looks very nice, especially with a white exterior; however, the solar is not really practical. Dont take me wrong, I enjoy the solar roof, but if you want to cut a few bucks off the price, you can skip the solar.
#191 of 433 Re: I Feel Very Fortunate [donewithvws]
Jul 21, 2009 (5:23 am)
The guys at the Fusion Hybrid forum as stated that lots of dealers are giving good discounts on them though a little less gas mileage than the Prius it may work better later on as a family car plus if you can save a good deal of money on one it may make up for the little bit less gas mileage plus it is shaped like a regular car and I feel easier to see out of. That I think at this time is what the wife is getting when her lease is up.
#192 of 433 Re: I Feel Very Fortunate [dmathews3]
Jul 21, 2009 (6:17 am)
I just briefly looked at the Ford Fusion and it looks really nice! I was kind of sticking with the Toyotas and Hondas because I drive a few hours a day and they have a reliable reputation, but it does seem like the Ford has a lot to offer. I'm kind of a techie and I was surprised to see the Ford offers the nav with voice command and bluetooth, etc. and I'd be interested to see if their software is as good as the rest. How did it test drive compared to the Prius?
#193 of 433 Re: I Feel Very Fortunate [donewithvws]
Jul 21, 2009 (8:00 am)
I personally thought it was hands and feet over the Prius. I was lucky to drive both cars with leather and I thought the leather was nicer, the car smelled like leather where I didn't get that smell in the Prius. I didn't like the gearshift on the Prius as I thought it was confusing and then the push button for park. Why didn't they put in a regular shifter like a normal car? The Fusion had a very nice center console with lighted cup holders which I thought was great as most cars don't have that feature and on my HHR I have to hunt for it in the dark. I liked the stereo in the Ford better and the display on the Ford is I think is light years ahead of the Prius. I guess the thing I just couldn't get used to was the instrument panel (or lack of) compared to the Fusion. Fusion had big speedo right between the spokes in the steering wheel and 2 LCD displays, one on each side of the speedo that you can get almost anything you ever wanted to know and then some. The Sirius Sat. radio with travel link was cool for the few minutes I played with it. I clicked on temp. and my state and city and it gase me the current temp plus I think it was also a 5 day outlook but don't remember. Both cars sticker for about the same with the same options and the only advantage I could see to the Prius was the rear seat folds down where as on the Ford the batteries are behind the rear seat so the backseat back rests I guess against the battery pack somehow. But this way there was room in the trunk for suitcases and the spare was tucked under the trunk floor like a normal car. I guess the Prius in a way reminds me of my old 71 Mustang fastback and that was hard to see out of due to the blindspots. All I can say if you can locate a nav. Fusion Hybrid drive it. Even without the Nav. I's still say drive one as you will always wonder if you made the right choice. During our test drive wifs said look, I've been going 45 on electric for a while now. She drives 5 miles to work on nice level road and speed limit is only 35 so I could see the dollar signs in her eyes compared to the 15mpg in town she gets now. I guess at my age I still like the regular car look but both cars are good cars and I'd say give Ford a chance if possible as they have really come up with a winner.
#194 of 433 Re: I Feel Very Fortunate [dmathews3]
Jul 21, 2009 (4:03 pm)
Well, there are good reasons that the big 3 was and still is going down -> simply, inferior products. Ford seems to fare better at the moment, but, take a look at Fusion etc. yourself, overall it is still lagging behind its Japan/Korea rivals. Reasons are simple, relatively ~15% of money you paid for the car did not really go to the car (read UAW). No matter how well you dance around that, cannot change the fundamentals.