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Toyota Prius
Toyota's Prius is a big hit globally

Although Prius drivers are often the butt of jokes here in the United States, the vehicles are still quite popular due to their lofty fuel economy numbers and "green" image. The original Prius was introduced to the United States in 2000 and is currently in its third generation. The larger Prius v was introduced late last year, while the smaller Prius c went on sale in the U.S. earlier this year.

The popularity of the Prius family of hybrids doesn't just apply to the U.S., however. Sales of the hybrids have been booming globally. According to Automotive News, the Prius is now the third best-selling nameplate in the world when it comes to the automobile sales through the first quarter of 2012 (247,230 units).

Toyota Prius v
First place goes to Prius' cheaper, older brother: the Toyota Corolla (300,800 units). In second place sits the Ford Focus (277,000 units), which was recently revamped with a host of technological improvements and new engines to boost infotainment options and fuel economy across the board.
With three different sizes of Prius available and with prices starting under $20,000, Toyota is hoping to solidify its position as a leader in hybrid vehicles. 

Toyota Prius c

Source: The Globe and Mail

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RE: Interesting
By sinjinx on 5/30/2012 2:51:15 PM , Rating: 5
Can there really be THAT many people out there with no taste? It's blowing my mind :)

Is it that hard to believe that some people don't make their likely second most expensive purchase based on emotion? I'll share a few of my reasons for owning a 2010 Prius.

Toyota - like it or not, they just work. Had a 96 Corolla that I traded for the new Prius and it NEVER had a problem...nothing. Compare that to my keeping up with the Jones' friends and their Suburbans and Audis - you should just pay an extra $10k up front for these cars.

Utility and space - I can fit two big dogs in there. Almost as much space as our Outback, which I really like (especially in snow) and very necessary where we live.

Future Proof - Gas going to $10/gal? No worries - I'm operating almost as normal. Heaven forbid people actually PLAN FOR THE INEVITABLE RISE in gas prices.

Notice, there is no mention of being green above, because I DIDN'T BUY IT TO BE GREEN. In fact, I think there is a good argument for it being WORSE for the environment to buy a new hybrid.

My point of all this is to finally put into words my distaste for the comments that riddle forums like these with the singular mindset of "I hope I look cool in it and can squeal my tires."


RE: Interesting
By KeithP on 5/30/12, Rating: -1
RE: Interesting
By tayb on 5/30/2012 4:56:11 PM , Rating: 2
I can go buy a Prius C brand new for around $19,000 and enjoy 53/46 MPG. I could also go grab a certified used model for as low as $14,000, which speaks volumes of resale value and depreciation. What is this higher cost that you speak of? The Ford Focus gets schooled in MPG and the base model is in the same price range.

RE: Interesting
By sprockkets on 5/30/2012 7:10:18 PM , Rating: 4
You could, but you'd have like the worst driving experience ever.

I'll take a 6 speed manual skyactive mazda3. In their own words, "it isn't the first 40mpg car, its just the first one worth driving."

RE: Interesting
By tayb on 5/30/2012 8:15:00 PM , Rating: 2
Unless you have a really long commute on highway roads I'll take the gas savings than the driving experience every single time. The 2.0L manual Mazda3 w/ SkyActiv can only manage 27MPG in the city, nearly half of the Prius C. Even then you're rocking a whopping 155HP which isn't much of a performance beast to begin with.

If you calculated how much time you actually spend driving your car (sitting in traffic doesn't count) you would probably find that 90%-95% of the time your car is either parked, in traffic, or idling. I'll never understand why people have these humongous car payments when they rarely actually use the car. This is why this argument is purely hypothetical for me as I'll never buy a new car unless I'm retired and feel like taking a real long road trip.

RE: Interesting
By sprockkets on 5/30/12, Rating: -1
RE: Interesting
By sprockkets on 5/30/12, Rating: 0
RE: Interesting
By Pudro on 5/31/2012 4:09:26 AM , Rating: 1
If your goal is to enjoy driving, sure, by a Mazda.For the rest of the world, there is the Prius.

I don't care how much a relatively small group cares about enjoying driving. That doesn't matter when discussing whether a car is worth buying when that clearly doesn't define the target demographic.

I'm not even defending the Prius here. (Personally, I would prefer a Mazda as well.) Just pointing out that your argument is retarded.

RE: Interesting
By Reclaimer77 on 5/31/12, Rating: 0
RE: Interesting
By Spuke on 5/31/2012 3:41:55 PM , Rating: 2
Total hybrid sales are indeed in the minority just like sports cars. The rest of the world, as you say, drives gas and diesel cars. Those make up the vast majority.

RE: Interesting
By FITCamaro on 5/31/2012 8:54:55 AM , Rating: 2
My Chevy Cruze Eco 6M is only rated at 29 in the city but with the right driving techniques, 40-50+ mpg is achieved. My daily commute is roughly 50 miles round trip and my lifetime average is 42 mpg. My last commute fillup was 45.6 mpg. A trip to Florida and back lowered my average since I get lower mileage on the highway at 75 mph than I do commuting.

And no my car, when driving, isn't in traffic. I plan my day specifically to avoid traffic.

Most people buy cars to meet their needs. Someone who hunts isn't going to buy a Prius. Someone with a family of 5 isn't going to buy a Prius. Much less a Camry or any other sedan. Three small kids in the back of a sedan on a trip of any real distance ends with extremely irritated parents.

RE: Interesting
By Spuke on 5/31/2012 3:52:10 PM , Rating: 2
If you calculated how much time you actually spend driving your car (sitting in traffic doesn't count) you would probably find that 90%-95% of the time your car is either parked, in traffic, or idling.
Where do you get these numbers from? LOL! My commute is 35 minutes one way and my car only stops for traffic lights/signs. There is no heavy traffic on my commute. So since I park my car while I'm at home or at work, I should only care about price? If I were to do that, I wouldn't buy ANY new car. Seriously, buying new cars are among the worst economic decisions to make. If price and economics are the goal, a used car that gets acceptable gas mileage and has low maintenance costs wins everytime. And even then, you drive them until cost of keeping it outweighs the cost of replacement. Another thing, cash buys only unless you can get some 0% financing that will also serve to boost your credit rating.

RE: Interesting
By ritualm on 5/30/2012 9:01:50 PM , Rating: 1
In other words, all that fancy schmancy potential power is wasted idling and guzzling gas like a bukkake porn star. Honda Civics are hella better than that.

RE: Interesting
By sprockkets on 5/30/2012 10:21:18 PM , Rating: 2
In other words, all that fancy schmancy potential power is wasted idling and guzzling gas like a bukkake porn star. Honda Civics are hella better than that.

I know, how could it that mazda3 ever achieve PZEV guzzling all that gas?

Too bad it takes about 10k miles of transportation all over the world just to make that battery on your prius. What a green car.

RE: Interesting
By Reclaimer77 on 5/31/2012 9:17:37 AM , Rating: 2
Using the Prius C is cherry picking of the worst kind. It's a stripped down crapbucket and everyone knows it. Crap interior, cheap fit and finish, no extras. And maybe the worst ride quality in it's class.

Do you see any other sub $20k hybrid out there? Using the Prius C to try and prove hybrids aren't generally more expensive is just dishonest. Where is your ethics?

I could also go grab a certified used model for as low as $14,000

Well if it's a race to the bottom you want, I can go buy a new Suzuki SX4 sedan for $13,500!

RE: Interesting
By InTheNameOfMyself on 6/2/2012 4:44:00 AM , Rating: 2
Which is better than...?

SX4, now that is a peice of junk !

RE: Interesting
By kmmatney on 5/30/2012 6:14:04 PM , Rating: 2
The fuel savings do make a big difference, and you are getting a better car than "the cheapest thing out there".

RE: Interesting
By inperfectdarkness on 5/31/2012 1:16:07 AM , Rating: 2
way better cars to buy in the same size segment if you are looking. small cars are the norm in europe, and priuses are a rarity. the ford ka and the pugeot 206 are the "small" cars of choice--that is at least for everyone who isn't driving a bmw.

if prius is doing so well in the US, it's probably because 99% of the small car market isn't sold in the us. american sub-compacts are virtually like midsize cars in europe.

RE: Interesting
By FITCamaro on 5/31/2012 8:59:02 AM , Rating: 1
I have zero desire to drive anything smaller than an American compact car like a Cruze or Civic.

Maybe Europeans love shoving themselves into tin cans that they barely fit in, but we don't.

I considered a Sonic when buying my Cruze. But the back seat is all but worthless and the mileage is the same as the Cruze which is larger. Same powertrain too.

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