Hybrid Car – More Fun with Less Gas


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Posted by LB on October 10, 2005, 1:50 am
I just test drove '05 Prius today. I found it very noisy (road noise and
engine noise on acceleration mostly). It reminded me my old 1995 Toyota
Tercel. Our other car is 2005 Subaru Outback. Prius seems to be MUCH noiser
then Subaru. Ride is also a bit rougher (probably because it close to the
ground). It also gives kinda "tincan" feeling (not too offend anyone on this
group), probably due to close ceilling.

The car I tried had 20k on it (used, but still 2005). What do other people
think about my observations?

Posted by Bill on October 10, 2005, 2:41 am

I noticed my 2005 was quite quiet compared to my Ford Explorer.  Several of
my passengers have commented to that effect.

How close a car is to the ground has little effect on the ride.

You must have a very, very quiet Subaru.

Posted by Earle Jones on October 10, 2005, 3:43 am

I have both a Subaru Outback wagon (2001) and a Prius (2005).  In my
opinion, the Prius has better acceleration and is just as quiet as
the Subaru.  

The best gas mileage I have ever achieved on the Subaru is around 23
or 24 MPG.  My long-term average in the Prius is 49.7 MPG -- and
that is after about 13,000 miles.

The Subaru wagon is a fine car -- I have used it for the past four

The Prius is fantastic!  I am leaving tomorrow to visit my daughter
and her family in Pasadena -- I expect to get around 51 or 52 MPG on
the trip (San Francisco to Pasadena/Los Angeles and back).

Since there is only my wife and I, this car is the ideal size -- we
can put all of our luggage and have plenty of room.

The ride is not rough at all -- I generally use a tire pressure of
42/40 (front/rear), which is around 6 or 7 psi more than the
recommended pressures.  This adds somewhat to the gas mileage and
does not really degrade the roughness of the ride.

I am extremely happy with this car -- I have no complaints -- and I
just take great pleasure in filling the gas tank -- after about 450
or 500 miles with 10 gallons of gas.

Good luck!


Posted by Stan and Dee Bringer on October 10, 2005, 4:55 am
 On the contrary, when I drove an '05 Prius I rented for three days, I was
impressed with the quiet.  Roll the windows up, turn on the temperature
control system, set the temperature for about 70 degrees and the fan on "2".
I was amazed how quiet the Prius is.

I was thinking when my Prius comes in, about putting it up on jack stands
and coating the undercarriage with asphalted undercoating to make it


Posted by richard schumacher on October 10, 2005, 9:40 am

Others have reported that it doesn't make the car noticeably quieter,
and it certainly makes a mess.

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