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So, anyone driving a new Prius?(7 posts)

So, anyone driving a new Prius?Ken K
Dec 15, 2003 7:23 AM
I remember there was talk recently about the 2004 Toyota Prius and am wondering if anyone is driving one now and what their impressions are. I went by the local Toyota dealer in Carlsbad, CA and they are quoting lead times of 4-6 months on new orders and they are getting about 30 cars per month. With that kind of demand I doubt there is much dealing going on even though they are offering big incentives on every other model Toyota. They had one on the lot and it looked pretty nice. With the rear seats folded down a bike should be able to fit in the back. (Very important.)

Any opinions from owners or people who have test drove one?

Ken
i test drove one on Fridaylandru
Dec 15, 2003 7:42 AM
I was told pretty much the same thing. depending on what packgage I wanted, I could wait until the end of February or possibly until July. I really didn't go very far with my test drive but it was definitely cool. The ride was nice, seemed to handle fairly well and it felt comfortable, which is important as I'm 6'2". My wife used to have a Tercel years ago and I couldn't stand how uncomfortable it was after driving it for a while.

It had decent pickup as well. The only thing I noticed was when i was sitting at a red light the engine shut off which would leave one to think the car had died. It hadn't of course, the electric motor got you going from the light and then the gas engine kicked in. There seemed to be a little hesitation but like I said, my test drive wasn't very far.

I'm kind of sick of driving a mini-van although I bought it because we have a tandem and it can't be beat for transporting it or other bikes when necessary. But we really only take the tandem places a few times a year and my wife drives a Pontiac Aztek which we could put the tandem in in a pinch.
looked, but too small for usDougSloan
Dec 15, 2003 8:21 AM
With soon to have 2 kids in car seats, all the stuff it takes for 2 youngins and a wife who takes 3 suitcases for an over night trip, me wanting to take along a bike and all that entails, the Prius was just too small. With 2 carseats in back, another adult could not fit in back, too, and we almost always take my wife's 80 year old mother with us everywhere we go out of town. In fact, I had to sell my midsize SUV and get a larger one for all of these reasons.

Now, if I can afford it, I might add a Prius to the family fleet, so that I can drive it when it's just me or one other person. If I do that, Prius would be at the top of the list. There are issues of having 3 cars, though, with more registration fees, insurance, and using a bay in my garage that is now my bike shop -- and the homeowners' assocation rules do not allow cars outside until all garage bays are filled with cars. Life is never simple, is it?

Doug
I hate the nameColnagoFE
Dec 15, 2003 9:12 AM
Sounds like some kind of penile dysfunction.
Nope, drove a Cayenne though... Nice...No_sprint
Dec 15, 2003 9:20 AM
I'll take my much smaller and lower high performance ride for daily driving. I'd flip the Cayenne eventually.
and then a car named after a pepper?ColnagoFE
Dec 15, 2003 10:55 AM
what's next? The Ford Krispy Kreme? The Chevy Mashed Potato?
re: So, anyone driving a new Prius?Fredrico
Dec 16, 2003 9:58 AM
I passed one on the beltway yesterday. It's sleek lines caught my eye. It had to be zipping along at 60--making no sound! A girl had one at the building I worked in. She'd glide her Prius silently into the garage. Practical considerations notwithstanding, it's a nicely designed car.