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Posted by DanielleOM on April 15, 2012, 1:08 pm
 

After driving my 1999 Nissan Sentra SE (140HP) for 230K miles I am
thinking about a new car.  Prior to that I owned a Mazda 323, both with
manual transmissions.

 From all of the cost to own data I can find it looks like the Prius C
is one of the lowest cost cars to own on the market.  After being
affected by a restructuring at age 60, that factor is now very important
to me.  I have also found that I am still driving and putting miles on
the car going to various networking events.  The Nissan although
performing well needs work to pass emissions, tie rod ends and ball
joints.  Luckily I have enough cash to purchase a new car.

In many ways I thought the Prius C would fit my needs.  However I am
concerned by the lack of acceleration.  I think got very used to being
able to drop the Nissan down to a lower gear and quickly jockey myself
the position I wanted to be in to merge into traffic.

Any one go from a high HP car to a Prius?  Have any difficulty with the
reduced HP?

I live in Connecticut.  In practice I drive on lot of 2 lane country
roads where passing is rarely done.  But it's nice to know the HP is
there when I need it.


Danielle












Posted by News on April 15, 2012, 1:26 pm
 
On 4/15/2012 9:08 AM, DanielleOM wrote:

Drove it.  Lacks power.  CVT constantly hunts, with significant hysteresis.

Couldn't recommend it, but can't compare it to other Prii.

Posted by Bruce Richmond on April 16, 2012, 2:15 am
 
I went from a 155 hp 1997 Olds Achieva to a 2001 Prius.  It looks like
the specs for a 2001 Prius are close to those of the C.  Lack of power
wasn't much of a problem.  It took a little getting use to but it was
worth it for 50 mpg compared to about 27 for the Olds.

Posted by Al Falfa on April 18, 2012, 1:56 am
 

After driving my 1999 Nissan Sentra SE (140HP) for 230K miles I am
thinking about a new car.  Prior to that I owned a Mazda 323, both with
manual transmissions.

From all of the cost to own data I can find it looks like the Prius C
is one of the lowest cost cars to own on the market.  After being
affected by a restructuring at age 60, that factor is now very important
to me.  I have also found that I am still driving and putting miles on
the car going to various networking events.  The Nissan although
performing well needs work to pass emissions, tie rod ends and ball
joints.  Luckily I have enough cash to purchase a new car.

In many ways I thought the Prius C would fit my needs.  However I am
concerned by the lack of acceleration.  I think got very used to being
able to drop the Nissan down to a lower gear and quickly jockey myself
the position I wanted to be in to merge into traffic.

Any one go from a high HP car to a Prius?  Have any difficulty with the
reduced HP?

I live in Connecticut.  In practice I drive on lot of 2 lane country
roads where passing is rarely done.  But it's nice to know the HP is
there when I need it.


Danielle

I have a conventional 2010 with great acceleration when I select the power
mode.  Test drive the current year of that model.  The C model hold what, an
additional 2 cu. ft. that will block the rear window?  I parked mine
alongside a "C" and the difference was so insignificant as to not justify
the higher price.  Either model will carry a 10' 2 X 4 positioned diagonally
with one end resting on the dash.















Posted by rjdriver on April 19, 2012, 10:34 am
 

Had my Prius C3 about two weeks now, and when I first test drove it, I felt
the same way you did.  And like you, I wasn't coming from a very powerful
engine either- just a 4 cylindar 2003 Accord.  Going from a 2.4 engine to
1.5 engine, even though in a much ligher car, there is bound to be some
difference, but I think most of it is the deceptive way the CV transmission
works.  You don't get that momentary seat of the pance surge you would get
when down shifting a  manual, or even when an automatic downshifts in
response to you flooring the pedal.

The CVT works very gradually, and often the only feedback that you are
accelarating is when you see the numbers on the speedo rising, and of course
the sound of that smaller engine trying to keep up with your demands.  It
takes some getting used to, and if you drive it in Eco mode, engine response
is even more muted.  Turn Eco off, and you lose a few MPG, but engine
response will be at least a lttle better, but the CVT will always make it
feel less responsive than you are used to.

I think most Prius owners will tell you, and it's happening to me already,
that the car sort of challenges you to drive differently.  The constant
feedback on the dashboard display of what every little gas pedal movement is
doing to your gas milage is a powerful inducement to moderate old habits,
and a reminder of exactly why you bought the car - saving on gas.  I try to
drive in Eco mode all the time, but old habits are hard to break so once in
a while I turn it off just to have a little more fun with the car on some
back roads.  I tend to drive fast - almost always over the speed limits, and
I may be one of the few Prius owners with radar detector on the dashboard.
So I find myself driving a little slower now.  Maybe only 10 miles over the
limit where I would have done 15 before, but I still don't want to be the
one pulled over for the ticket, so the detector will stay there. But I sure
am enjoying the steady 50-55 MPG.


Bob



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