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We take the latest Prius out for a spin and give you our impressions

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RE: Overpriced peanut car
By ajira99 on 11/2/2009 1:23:38 PM , Rating: 2
I'd rather have this car at THIS price than that stupid Tesla roadster! People get all starry-eyed with geeklust over the "supposed" cutting-edge technology in it, and gloss over the cost. I'll jump on the e-vehicle bandwagon when somebody releases an affordable vehicle for the "average" person (this is pretty close).

RE: Overpriced peanut car
By Zoomer on 11/2/2009 6:20:23 PM , Rating: 1
I'll take lightly used or new gas car, thank you.

10 grand can buy a lot of gas. At $3/gal and 25mpg, that equates to ~85k miles, or more than 13 years of driving around for me.

RE: Overpriced peanut car
By Souka on 11/2/2009 6:53:29 PM , Rating: 2
Get a 2yr honda civic...1/2 the cost and probably lower TCO (excluding yearly fuel cost).

For fuel... a basic civic w/manual will do what... 2/3 the EPA of the Prius?

Gotta drive a LOT to reclaim the cost of the Prius... oh, and don't forget insurance... and we'll have to assume you'll own the car like 15yrs with no major accidents to recoup the costs of the Prius.

There's been a number of articles in R&T, C&D, CSR about the "true savings" of a hybrid... general conclusion is not worth it for "MOST" drivers.

RE: Overpriced peanut car
By Reclaimer77 on 11/2/2009 7:01:05 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget when the batteries die on the Prius in about 10 years or so, the car is totaled at that point. How many Honda's on the road are over 10 years old and going strong ? Yup, tons.

RE: Overpriced peanut car
By Calin on 11/3/2009 6:40:05 AM , Rating: 2
However, you should also mention the brakes last a lot longer on the Prius (as deceleration is done by the electric motor every time it is possible).

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