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2004 Toyota Prius(7 posts)

2004 Toyota PriusDougSloan
May 5, 2003 2:33 PM
I'm seriously considering the 2004 Toyota Prius (always been a big Toyota fan) coming out in the fall. Bigger, more powerful, AND better fuel economy (55 combined) AND reduced emissions. I just hope I can figure out how to put a 2 inch receiver on it for my bike racks.

http://www.toyota.com/prius/minisite/html/printable.html

http://www.caranddriver.com/article.asp?section_id=31&article_id=6607&page_number=1

Any first hand or inside knowledge on these? Thanks.

Doug
re: 2004 Toyota PriusPdxMark
May 5, 2003 3:22 PM
2002 works great. Reasonable acceleration and power for most driving. The 1.5l engine gets a good boost from the electric motor for acceleration. The slot machine gear shift lever is goofy, but not a distraction. The center dash-mounted speedometer etc. are actually very nice. The eye-focus change to see that speedometer is less drastic than a regular speedometer location... In time you'll stop staring at the LCD display while you're driving.

Get the side air bag option, and the daytime running lights - both for safety.

Yakima rack lives on our Prius. They hold well and are quiet - with a fairing (I never tried it without a fairing).

The interior is kinda... cheap looking... but not horrible. The main deficiency of the car are... I can't believe I'm saying it -- cup holders. They suck. After scoffing at the ridiculous cup holders in the Chrysler minivan, I realize that there is no reason for bad ones.
re: 2004 Toyota Priusrwbadley
May 5, 2003 3:41 PM
Check out the Honda Civic hybrid. I tend towards the Honda in this case, just because I like their R&D.
2 seater, though nmDougSloan
May 5, 2003 4:16 PM
Ummmm--you're thinking of the Insight...The Walrus
May 5, 2003 5:42 PM
...the Civic Hybrid is the Civic sedan with the gas/electric drivetrain...
I've heard great things about them.KG 361
May 5, 2003 5:55 PM
Plus, a Civic is a decent sized car. Believe Toyota is coming out w/ a hybrid Corolla, too.
oh, wasn't aware of that; I'll check it out; thanks nmDougSloan
May 5, 2003 7:19 PM