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Posted by mrv@kluge.net on June 18, 2007, 5:48 pm

How silly of me to forget some of the other consumer hybrids on the
1997-2000 Toyota Prius, NHW10 model.  Originally only sold in Japan,
but is now showing up grey market in some other countries.  Support/
parts/service outside of Japan is difficult, so I'd advise against it
if you're not in Japan.

Toyota Crown (mild-hybrid), sedan.  (Japan only)

and for the minivan/MPV set:
Toyota Estima Hybrid and the Toyota Alphard Hybrid.   Unfortunately,
still only sold in Japan, but perhaps a few hybrid Estimas may be
moving grey-market outside of Japan by now (same servicing concerns
outside of Japan, though).

Posted by Michael Pardee on June 17, 2007, 5:07 pm

Not very current, so it may not apply as well to the current generation
Prius: the "conventional wisdom" was that the Civic Hybrid was better suited
to freeway travel while the Prius was the champion around town. The Prius
has some reputation as being tiring to drive on freeways, but I don't find
that particularly so.


Posted by Michelle Steiner on June 17, 2007, 5:18 pm

I've driven mine from Chandler, AZ to Las Vegas (once), to Sacramento
(three or four times), to San Francisco two or three times, to LA once,
and to San Diego once or twice.  I didn't find it to be tiring at all,
no more than driving an Acura TL was.

Support the troops:  Bring them home ASAP.

Posted by Mike Rosenberg on June 17, 2007, 6:01 pm

And I've made numerous trips between here (Jacksonville, FL) and Olney,
MD, about 740 miles each way, and find it considerably less tiring than
driving my Geo Prizm was.

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Posted by News on June 17, 2007, 8:29 pm

Michelle Steiner wrote:

Is this highway behavior what various references to aftermarket front
suspension mods refer to?

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