Prius??? Save your money!
This car has nothing to really offer as far as real savings or driveability!
We have over 50,000 miles on ours, and it is a pain to drive and to keep up with the maintenance! It is NOT a cold weather car, as in cold, snow, ice. It has ZERO traction except on perfectly dry hard pavement. You cannot wear gloves and drive this car, the gloves interefere with various buttons and controls.
You cannot tow this car from say an icy spot, it will not get itself out of anything like a small slippery incline (call the $100 wrecker).
The car wanders down the highway at it's whim! Just moves all over the lanes. Tire wear is atrocious! Well into second set of tires at 50,000 miles.
The fuel savings is not that great over a more standard compact car. Save money by purchasing a standard car! And working with the dealership! WOW!!
Dealers treat these cars (our dealer anyway) like it is precious metal and charge an arm and a leg for simple things! Heaven forbid anything major occurs!
Toyota, good idea, but please market these cars in California only, they are not northern cars, I.E. Michigan with snow, ice, and sleet.
While I agree about "saving the environemnt"!
I "TOTALLY" disagree that if we keep buying Hybrids that we would have an impact on the environment! This is a pipe dream for folks buying these expensive cars!
The thought is nice! But look at it realistically: WITH ALL THE FACTORIES RUNNING, ALL THE WAR PLANES FLYING, ALL THE POWER PLANTS RUNNING, ALL BURNING FOSSIL FUELS, do you really think a few Hybrids on the road are going to make a difference??
Only in the minds of the owners!
I also blame the general public that think their status symbol is a big SUV! How very sad!
If the govenment would tax, and increase MPG numbers for these large useless beasts, then maybe by the numbers small cars could possibly make an impact on the environment!
Right now it is like spitting in the wind!
Drive one (Hybrid) if you may (we do, my wife bought it), but the cost penalties for doing so are significant with no real impact on our environmental problems, these problems are much larger than having a few Hybrids running the streets!