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Posted by Ttoommy on March 31, 2009, 12:59 pm
Does anyone who does not have a private jet at their beck and call actually
drive these the most ungreen of green cars?

Posted by Ike on March 31, 2009, 1:47 pm
I've just driven the new Insight. As an owner of the current-edition
Prius since its release in October 2003, my opinion of the Honda entry
is of course mostly shaped by my Prius experience. I've also driven the
Accord and Civic hybrids, though. Nice cars, but seem to be playing
catch-up. They all run much like a series hybrid rather than the
remarkable Toyota parallel system.

Few will drive Insight and Prius and choose the Honda, as it's simply
less of a car. When the new Prius reaches the market, the difference
will grow.


Posted by Justbob30 on March 31, 2009, 2:22 pm
 Yeah, Ike, I guess it is a matter of perspective.  I have an HCHII, the
reasons I bought it are many, first I did not want to tell the world "look
at me I have a hybrid" it is more like a car not a video game with an
overall better look and feel.
I have driven the Prius 1,000 miles in 4 days, not fun...less headroom,
seating position too upright, I HATE the video game screen, I HATE the a/c
controls, the bar across the back, the seating position is too high & too
upright, less headroom odd console, cup holder, pushbutton start, shift
knobbie on the dash to bang my knee on the list goes on and on, yes I know
it has more interior room than the Civic but in the cargo area, not in the
passenger area where it counts....so, while my Civic may not be a Prius, I
am thankful for that every day, yeah, I get 1 less mpg than my friend with a
prius but, who cares, at least I have a car I am comfortable in and does not
have a top heavy skitterish ride.
I does look like the 2010 prius has fixed most of my issues, I am sure the
seating position has not been fixed because for me Toyotas  (generally)have
the most uncomfortable seats on the market and I see the bar across the back
is there too (a major fault on the insight too, sadly).

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on March 31, 2009, 10:04 pm

250 miles a day???  Where's the stress in THAT?

The Prius is a very comfortable car, even for 1000 miles in one day.

I don't even see it anymore.  I agree--it was way too much "look at me!  
I'm different!"

???  Little button on the wheel--it goes up, it goes down, the
temperature goes accordingly.

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on March 31, 2009, 10:02 pm

Everyone will evaluate the features and size against the price for each
vehicle, and will make his own choice.

Not everyone wants or can afford the Prius.  While they might have
otherwise bought a Corolla, now that the Honda is out many will go that

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