To: Dutch Boy
" I just checked the Yahoo autos site. The Prius didnt get good ratings on anything but mileage."
I didn't believe you and went over there to see. Good grief, I wonder if any of those folks have actually driven the car. It's wonderful on the highway, for example, yet one guy is griping about it. We have three cars here (Acura, Subaru, Prius) and the Prius is my preferred vehicle for long fair-weather trips because of its excellent handling, quietness, good ride and brakes, etc., not to mention its mileage. I averaged 58 mpg in a blast down to Santa Barbara a few months ago! (For snowy conditions, nothing beats our Subaru, however, but it uses at least twice as much gas.)
For some reason this car polarizes people, and folks who know nothing about it take a set and go out of their way to badmouth it. I think some of that is going on at that forum.
The one thing about the Prius that I and many other owners really dislike is the OEM tires, the artfully misnamed Goodyear Integrities. Ours are about worn out, and we'll be replacing them with the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position tires that are so highly ranked by owners and by TireRack.com. I won't miss those Integrities, as they limit the car in many ways.
A lemon factor may be involved. It is very possible that bad cars are manufactured. Products are not perfect. Only motivated people take the time to write these reviews.
I think the problem with the Prius in many cases is the driver. Just as the drivers of other types of vehicles can be jerks, so can the drivers of the Prius. We have a guy at work that owns one. He goes around with one of those holier than thou attitudes harassing non-hybrid drivers. Someday he will get a broken nose if it tries it on the wrong person.
I was not impressed with the Subaru mileage but I have other people say the same about winter driving. I bought a 2005 Escape. With the smallest engine and a 5 speed I get 26 to 30 mpg depending on traffic. That is better than the rated hybrid mpg at $9k cheaper. The prices are closer now.
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