I should say that the prius handled the impact very well.
The truck's airbag came off and front bumper and hood was damaged.. the right front of the prius is damaged.. doors and the front wheel took most of the impact.. but it was still running and I could drive it to the road-side. Still don't know what the cost is going to be.. and whether they'll be able to fix my poor 9 month old car :(
One of the issues I have with the Prius is that the government crash tests only give it 4/5 stars for driver and passenger front impact:
This is still better than older cars, but it could be better. The good news is that the Prius is being redesigned for 2009 (so it should be available late 2008). I would be the redesigned Prius would get top safety marks in everything, so you might consider waiting until the fall.
While the Prius redesign is fairly certain, there are other interesting rumors which may or may not end up having merit. Rumor has it that after the 2009 redesign, in the following years they'll come out with a second smaller Prius, and a third bigger Prius that's more Camry sized.
Also, I know Toyota has talked about producing a plug-in Prius...but as someone else mentioned, I certainly wouldn't expect it any time this year.
you all prius drivin vegetable eatin people are a bunch of fags, stick with the ram, cause when push comes to shove that prius will be torn apart when hit and a suburban being hit by a semi is way less worse then a prius by ram combo
I'm a member of the news media, and a Prius Owner. Just got back from a really bad news story yesterday.
A mother and two children were riding their monster SUV down the expressway.
Hit a patch of ice, slid into the guard rail. Because of high center of gravity, the SUV tumbled over the guard rail and rolled over three times before coming to a stop.
Driver side window was shattered during first roll. Mother's head was thrown sideways out the open window as SUV rolled over.
Mother decapitated, pronounced dead on scene. Both children in hosptial in critical condition. ALL were wearing seat belts.
This is NOT an isolated incident. Detroit's dirty little secret is that SUV's are killing people by the 10's of thousands, in SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENTS.
SUV's and Pickups are by design, inherently unstable, and will roll over if the vehicle even hits a curb. Seatbelts are useless when your head is bouncing off the roof and side walls like those little lottery balls in the blender when they draw lottery numbers.
SUV's, pickup trucks, et al, are among the MOST DANGEROUS vehicles to be in a crash.
Bigger is NOT safer. Unless, of course you drive an Abrams Tank. And I understand they get about 4 gallons to the mile.
To the OP: You are the quintessential potential hybrid owner in my opinion. You have a gas guzzler that you really don't need and you can take full advantage of the fuel savings and saving the environment some emissions.
I feel perfectly safe in both my wife's Prius and my Honda Civic Hybrid overall. I drive the speed limit 99% of the time, and I have always been a defensive driver and watch other drivers like a hawk at all times. I also anticipate what driver's are going to do (cutting in front of me on the highway, etc.) and always keep my eyes in front of me.
That being said, if I did get hit by a large truck or SUV, I'm sure I would have more damage/chance for injury than if I were in a similar sized vehicle. I try my best to watch out for the crazies so this doesn't happen.
But as far as the comment about single vehicle accidents, this time of year I see plenty of vehicles in the ditch, some overturned and MOST of them are SUVs or trucks.
A few facts about myself: I drive a Prius (2002 Model). I love a good steak as well as good sushi. (And before I get any vegetarians angry I also love a place where I work called the “Sexy Salad.”) I can tell you that apart for having to drive a tank the Prius is more or less the equal size and strength wise to most of the “cars” out there on the road.
I do drive differently in my Prius. That lady known as “50 MPG” tempts me with alluring promises. I REFUSE to be a trail horse constantly tailgating the car in front of me. If he wants to go from 65 to 45 and back again every 15 seconds that’s his business. Likewise I don’t accelerate down a hill unless the overall speed has drastically increased; why waste a “free lunch” of going downhill? I also take my time slowing down letting as much energy go to the battery and not the brakes.
In fact there are times I wonder why I drive this heavy car!
Funny question.....the reality is that people like big cars because they are big, as simple as that. The bigger the car you drive, the more attention you call around you and stronger you feel. It has nothing to do with real physical safety, just psychological……you could very well get kill in a SUV
If you drive a Prius you are a typical loser. Let me guess you voted for a socialist Muslim nig-ger in 08, right? Liberal lemmings, grow up. AAAAAND.... don't forget Pearl Harbor! You fkn idiot libs are buying up the product of the same fkn chinks that attacked us! Duh!