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Posted: 12/5/2012 11:22:48 PM
I'm leaning toward a Prius to replace my 17 year old Honda Civic. I've always driven a subcompact. I've had 3 Hondas in a row. Always driven them until they died.

My current car is not dying, but we have a new driver in the family, so the idea is that we will keep my old car for her to use, and I will get a new car.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 11:29:28 PM
My husband is on his second Prius.
He sometimes gets over 50 mpg, which is definitely a plus.
They are much more spacious inside than you would think; everyone is always surprised at how roomy the seating is in the back.
You'd also be amazed at what you can haul inside when you put the back seats down. We brought home a compact (NOT a mini) refrigerator in the box just a week or so ago.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 11:30:37 PM
DH has had one for nearly 6 years...has 180,000 miles on it and still going strong.

I don't like it that much for me since I'm short and there seems to be some difficult blind spots. Also, on the freeway, it seems to have a pull to it and feels like it's drifting.

He loves it though and he drives about an hour each way against traffic. He was the 2nd one in the general neighborhood to get one and now there are 4.

The PP makes a good point about cargo space. The rear hatch on the sedan model slopes considerably so the space is at a premium back there. We are still nursing my 2002 Honda Odyssey along though, so if we need space for passengers and stuff, we just take my car.



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Posted: 12/5/2012 11:32:33 PM
moodyblue-how many miles did your DH get out of his first Prius? We're not sure what to expect for DH's at 180,000 miles.



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Posted: 12/5/2012 11:35:13 PM
I've had my Prius for a year now. I love it! It is much more roomy inside that people think. I love how it drives, it's nice and compact so it's easy to park, plus it's cute




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Posted: 12/6/2012 12:03:06 AM
I've had mine since January of 2008 and I will hit 80,000 miles when we drive it to Mexico in a week (for vacation). I love it! Dh drives a mini, so it is our car when we are going anywhere and need to take stuff.

Lots of room, smooth driving, even though I have to drive up and down a crazy hill to get anywhere from our house I still get pretty darn good gas milage (way better than dh).

Love it! It will get replaced when we have a third child (if that happens) or we upgrade to a Tesla. But until then I am very happy driving it!




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Posted: 12/6/2012 12:11:06 AM
We have two now -- that tells you how much we love them.

I believe they are not a compact they are actually a mid-size. We have three kids and everyone fits fine. We do not drive SUVs-- we drive priuses lol.

The car is cute, fun to drive and gets 50mpg, even when the car is full and we drive to the mountains. It's perfect!! We absolutely love it.

Our second one is actually the new plug-in that gets around 90 mpg.



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Posted: 12/6/2012 12:14:17 AM
What about the power? The hauling space? The Prius's I've seen had to have a cover pulled over their back space to keep it private, but I've heard that the newest Prius models actually have trunks?


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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:48:03 AM


moodyblue-how many miles did your DH get out of his first Prius? We're not sure what to expect for DH's at 180,000 miles.



We lease our cars, so he only had it four years. Don't remember how many miles he had on it.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:58:33 AM
We rode with friends in their Prius. The back seat had nice leg room. Their only complaint was they bought the navigation system and it has a safety in place where it can't be operated if the car is out of Park/Neutral. It can not be operated by even a passenger while the car is in gear. Skip it and use a GPS.




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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:51:11 AM
My husband is on his second Prius. We had a 2010 and traded it in for a 2012 last May. He loves that car and the fact that he averages 51 mph makes him love it even more.

I was also going to trade my nine year old Ford Focus Wagon in for one also at the same time, but I really didn't want to lose my ability to haul things, so I ended up buying a 2012 Rav4. Toyota gave us a HELL of a deal for buying two cars. HELL.OF.A.DEAL.

I don't think you can go wrong with a Toyota product, especially the Prius.





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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:58:09 AM
DH got our first Prius in 2002. Yep, way back then. I thought, "Oh no, he bought an experimental car." I'm from Michigan and we did not buy Japanese cars. We looked for a hybrid that was American made. No dice.

We got our second Prius in 2010 and took a road trip from Illinois to Key West and back in it.

We don't have any problems with the navigational system. You set it up when you first get in and go. Doesn't bother us a bit that you can't be in drive when you use it.

DH and I are both plus sized people and it has plenty of room. Great gas mileage at 50+ depends on roads and conditions.

I can't say enough good things about them!

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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:58:44 AM
Why not get a Honda Civic Hybrid if you've loved your Hondas? The Prius value is over-inflated due to the 'conspicuous conservation' status it holds. There was even an academic research study on this. A big part of the satisfaction people get from driving a Prius versus driving a different hybrid is that it looks different and shows off that they are being 'green.' Fascinating stuff.

Link 1

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This comment earlier in the thread says it all!

We do not drive SUVs-- we drive priuses lol.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 8:57:59 AM
For those concerned about the cargo capacity, if you put the back seats down, you will be amazed at what fits. We've used it to take a lawn mower in for service, to bring home a small refrigerator, and lots of other things. When my husband took a load of things to an electronic recycling day, the people were surprised at all that fit inside.

My husband pays more per month on his car than I do, but pays way less than I do for gas (I drive a Nissan Altima coupe), so I think it's kind of a trade off as far as the cost. He really likes the great gas mileage and the smaller price he pays to fill the tank - and how much less often he has to do that. It's all a matter of choice and what's important to you.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 9:21:34 AM
Regarding the navigation comment above (can't use it when car is in motion), all current Toyotas do that. It's annoying. Infiniti won't either. Or Lexus I think.

They want you to use the voice navigation which takes much longer.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 9:36:00 AM
I've been driving my Prius for 2 years now, and I love it. Especially the gas mileage, as many have already mentioned.


Their only complaint was they bought the navigation system and it has a safety in place where it can't be operated if the car is out of Park/Neutral.


If you have previously entered your destination, it will be in your address book. And as long as it's in your address book you can access it while you're driving.

I do get the frustration with the passenger not being able to put in a new address, but I think the safety factor outweighs this. I'd rather get in the habit of entering an address before I take off (or pull over to a safe place to enter it) than know that there may be other drivers sharing the road who are entering info in their navigation system. That's no better than texting IMO.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 9:44:10 AM
My parents are on their second one and they love it. I am used to driving my 300 so when I get in it it seems a little small for my tastes.

It does have a fair amount of room in the back especially with the seat folded down.

My mom's biggest complaint with it is doesn't seem to heat the greatest on really cold days. She also prefers to not drive it if there is a lot of snow on the ground as their van handles better then the car. They live in ND though and can get some ugly weather up there in the wintertime.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 10:38:31 AM
As a previous Civic Hybrid owner DO NOT GET A CIVIC HYBRID!!!! You are better off saving your money and getting a regular Civic. I recently dumped my piece of shit civic hybrid for a regular civic. Just google Civic Hybrid issues and you will see the numerous problems that crap car has. When I go back to a hybrid it will be a Prius. The only reason I don't have a Prius now is when I decided to dump my Civic I didn't have enough money saved up.

In case you missed it the first time:

DO NOT GET A CIVIC HYBRID!



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Posted: 12/6/2012 10:48:52 AM
I also think the Prius is way more stylish than the civic. And the civic is a compact and the Prius is a mid-size.

I also choose to support Toyota as they have been so proactive and innovative with green technology.



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Posted: 12/6/2012 11:34:03 AM

The Prius value is over-inflated due to the 'conspicuous conservation' status it holds.


Not true if you dealing with Toyota. My DH's first Prius was a lease (he wasn't sure if he was going to like going from a small pickup truck to a small sedan) and we turned the lease in a full year before it was up and there was no penalty AND we got credit toward the new 2012 Prius that we bought. Why? because they can't keep used Prius on the lot.

The U.S. car manufacturers could take a lesson on developing a mass appeal hybrid that doesn't cost over 30K.





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Posted: 12/6/2012 12:22:29 PM

My mom's biggest complaint with it is doesn't seem to heat the greatest on really cold days. She also prefers to not drive it if there is a lot of snow on the ground as their van handles better then the car. They live in ND though and can get some ugly weather up there in the wintertime.


My husband's Prius goes up our sloped driveway with lots of snow on it much better than my front-wheel drive Altima. He often says how easily he gets up the steep hill on the way to work when others are sliding all over.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 12:26:26 PM
DH has a Prius and he loves it. I love driving it when I get the chance. Great mileage. Save on gas. Fits into NYC parking spots.

When my minivan no longer runs and I'm ready for a new car, I pan on getting a Prius.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 1:40:03 PM
My friend has one and says it drives terrible in the snow unless it has the snow tires on it. With studs it is good to go though. I think she has one of the earliest models though so maybe they have improved it since hers was made.

Has anyone had to replace the battery? I hear those are expensive, but don't know anyone who has had to replace theirs. How many miles until the battery cannot be re-charged? Thanks for any info on that.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 1:51:09 PM
We take ours to the snow and it does ok. I've never known anyone who had to replace the battery-- and I have some friends who have the first model -- so it's like 15 years old?


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