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Toyota Prius

Hybrid-engine passenger car from Toyota

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A nice looking car...and small. Just like the driver. Well, except for the "small" part.

  • Aug 29, 2009
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I know squat about cars. When people ask what kind of car I drive, I struggle to recall exactly what it is that I'm driving and the year it was made. I've trained myself to give a rote response, almost reading a script when I say a "Ford Taurus". Just a few days ago I discovered that some unknown culprit had backed into my car, leaving a nasty impression on the rear bumper. When I called my insurance company and they asked for the year of my car, I just sat on the phone blinking. I quickly scanned my insurance card, trusting that this kind of information would be somewhere on it. It was. "2003!" I answered after a half-minute delay.

So began my short-lived experience with the Toyota Prius....2010. Ha! And it's not even 2010 yet. No wonder it's called the car of the future. Anyway...

Like I said, I know squat about cars. So this is not an experts opinion. Just that of an old fashioned driver. So here goes...

The first thing I noticed. The keys. Technically, there isn't one. With my Taurus I have a push button lock. I thought that was cool when I first got it. With the Prius, the push-button lock is the key to the car. Sweet. Especially since the car is driven on push-button technology. For instance, there's a "Power" button that turns the car on. And there's a "Park" button. And the AC and everything else is controlled by buttons, some of which are on an LCD screen. Real sweet. Hey, I've been driving a 2003 for the past 6 years. Nearly 7. No disrespect to my Taurus, but when idyll it snores louder than I do. The Prius on the other hand is so quiet when idyll that it took a few stop lights before I realized that the car hadn't shut down and that it was just the silent type. I like the silent types.

Another cool thing about the Prius that I can't say for my Taurus is that it drives straight, even when my hands are off the wheel. My Taurus tends to veer right, practically making a right-angled turn. Once it even put on the turn signal for me. I've had this problem with two Ford cars, which leads me to believe that the people at Ford are right-handed or something. The Prius is ambidextrous and goes straight down the middle, which is what I require to avoid shoving others off the road and to their peril.

Apparently, I'm getting 50 miles to the gallon, so I took the Prius on a semi-long distance joy ride and sure enough, the digital gas-o-meter (or whatever it's called) only moved a few notches by the end of my trip. Who knows, maybe my trip wasn't as long distance as I thought. I usually don't pay attention to that sort of thing, preferring to just drive until I see a red light warning me to pull over and get gas.

On top of it all, it's a nice looking car. And small. Just like the driver. Well, except for the "small" part. Great car. I'm sad that I must return it tomorrow. Oh well...thank you to the person who wrecked my Taurus. If not for you I wouldn't be driving a Prius. It's a rental, of course. But still...

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September 11, 2009
If it's small and nice looking, it's mine! ;-) How did you get home before the Prius? Anyhow, I enjoy your review! :-)
September 13, 2009
I was driving the very uneventful Ford Taurus. :-( But i shouldn't complain, before that I was driving the bus. Or rather the bus was driving me.
September 13, 2009
Never mind that, next you'll be driving a Lexus! ;-) I'm psychic, lol...
September 13, 2009
Oh...how I hope you are right.
 
August 29, 2009
Interesting review. It's funny how we sometimes discover a great product completely by accident. I have heard nothing but good things about this car. Your experience seems to confirm what I had heard previously.
August 30, 2009
Yeah, I must admit...in a very strange way, I feel lucky that someone mashed up my rear bumper! LOL! I'd feel even luckier if not for that $500 deductible.
 
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The Toyota Prius is a full hybrid electric mid-size car developed and manufactured by the Toyota Motor Corporation. It first went on sale in Japan in 1997, making it the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle. It was subsequently introduced worldwide in 2001. The Prius is sold in more than 40 countries and regions, with its largest markets being those of Japan and North America. As a top seller in the US market, the U.S. Toyota Prius made up more than half of the 1.2 million Prius sold worldwide by early 2009.

The Prius is the most fuel efficient gas car sold in the U.S. according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) also rate the Prius as among the cleanest vehicles sold in the United States based on non-CO2 toxic emissions. The UK Department for Transport reported the latest Prius is the second least CO2-emitting vehicle on sale in the UK with 89 g/km.

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