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2010 Toyota Prius

2010 Honda Insight
Base Prius gets a $1,000 price cut

The most popular hybrid car on the market is the Toyota Prius. The Prius has been around for a decade now and Toyota is getting set to launch a new and larger Prius for 2010 that offers an increased feature set and better fuel economy. One early road test showed that the 2010 Prius achieved 52.5 mpg.

Toyota is going to be pricing the third-generation 2010 Prius to better compete with Honda's new Insight hybrid. The Insight carries a base MSRP of $19,800, undercutting the 2009 Prius selling for a base MSRP of $22,000. However, the 2010 Prius I will carry an MSRP of $21,000 which helps to close the gap between the two hybrids. The 2010 Prius will be offered in five trim levels with the II, III, IV, and V coming in at $22,000, $23,000, $25,800, and $27,720 respectively.

Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota Division, expects the $22,000 Prius II to be the most popular model for consumers. “This model provides more than $2,000 added value, including the features most buyers want, at the same price as the current base model,” said Carter.

Standalone options will include an $1,800 Navigation Package, $3,600 Solar Roof Package (includes Navigation Package), and a $4,500 Advanced Technology Package (Navigation Package plus Radar Cruise Control, Pre-Collision System, Lane Keep Assist, and Intelligent Parking Assist).

The Insight is rated at 41mpg combined for city and highway driving, while the larger new Prius is rated at 50 mpg combined and is classified as a mid-size car offering more space than the Honda.

The economy is hurting sales of all vehicles, including the Prius and other hybrid automobiles. Through Q1 of 2009, the Prius sold 24,277 units, a 43% drop from the same quarter last year. The Insight hit the market in March and sold 569 since then.

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RE: Cheaply build
By Drexial on 4/21/2009 4:46:12 PM , Rating: 2
Speaking from experience and being around them a lot. there are about a dozen flaws in the design. Mostly on the 3 series. But all of them can be prevented pretty cheep. But this is maintenance that usually needs to be done every 120k miles. Most of it can be upgraded for a few bucks extra and it will never fail. most of this is in the cooling system and the rear shock mounts.

How ever if something does fail catastrophically, or if you are in an accident with a BMW over 10 years old (generally no matter how minor) the repairs will be expensive and the car will be totaled out.

RE: Cheaply build
By mindless1 on 4/22/2009 12:28:26 AM , Rating: 2
The same (being totaled) could be said about most cars over 10 years old.

Even a minor fender bender where you rear-end an SUV while braking so the car's front end barely dips under it's bumper, so the front grill, headlight and turn signal assembly is damaged and the bumper plastic and hood corner are bent a little, can total a typical 10 yo car.

RE: Cheaply build
By TomZ on 4/22/2009 1:47:41 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly, especially considering that even a well-kept 10-year old car probably has lost 90% of its original value, which is the value that insurance companies use to cap their losses, i.e., "total the car out."

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