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Posted by PoulS on December 25, 2009, 3:23 pm

So you would think, but if A is longer than B, but B is the taller
than A, which one is bigger..?
If one car has a big boot and little rear seat space, is it bigger
than a car with ample rear seat space and a small boot..?

You may consider the Prius to be a small car, but it certainly has a
lot more room inside than the new Mercedes E-class Coupe than I
recently sampled.

Posted by Noddy on December 25, 2009, 11:24 pm

It's somewhat easier than that.

If you look at *all* the cars in a particular class and find that they fall
within a range of size short of some minor variations, yet you have one that
is clearly significantly smaller than all the rest you don't need to be
Einstein to figgure out that the odd one doesn't belong in that pack.

Thank you. I do, and largely because it is......

It's got more room than a few cars in the "small" class, but that doesn't
automatically qualify it as a "mid sized vehicle".


Posted by PoulS on December 26, 2009, 5:19 pm

Yet, compared to what most italians drive, it's quite large. The
comparison that make you consider it small, is not relevant to most
people on the internet.

Posted by Noddy on December 26, 2009, 11:44 pm

Compared to what most Albanians drive it's powered by an engine and not a
donkey. How is either of those two examples relevant?

Did you conduct a genuine arms length survey to find that out, or have you
just decided to assume that what works for you works for everyone else?

Size is relative. Compared to an original Fiat Bambino the Prius is enormous
and compared to a Camry it's small. Compared to a Corolla there's such an
insignificant difference between them you could be forgiven for thinking
they were both built on the same platform. However, to label the Prius "mid
sized" makes every other genuine mid sized car look like a 1972 Cadillac by

If it works for you that's fine, but please don't assume that the rest of
the world thinks like you do.


Posted by PoulS on December 27, 2009, 3:53 pm

It's perfectly relevant to what Italians would consider small.

Not really. Let's look at the wheelbase (inches) of Toyotas entire
range of cars:

iQ: 78.0
Aygo: 91.3
Yaris: 96.9
Corolla: 102.4
Prius & Avensis: 106.3
Camry: 109.3
Avalon: 111.0

The Prius wheelbase is actually closer to that of the Camry than to
that of the Corolla.

Presumably, the Camry is what you consider mid-sized, but take a look
at what Toyota sells in Europe: Neither the Avalon nor the Camry are
sold here. The Prius and the Avensis are the largest.

Looking at Toyotas range of cars, it would  be reasonable to label iQ,
Aygo and Yaris small, Corolla, Prius and Avensis mid-sized and Camry
and Avalon large.

I don't assume anything. I'm merely pointing out that what you
consider mid-sized, would be considered large in most countries. The
US and Australian markets are not typical in a global perspective.

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