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Prius - Road-handling? Favorite features? Major gripes?

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Posted by Jeannie on September 21, 2007, 12:18 pm

Hi everyone!

I think I have finally gotten to the point where I am going to trade-
in my 2004 Honda CRV for a Prius.

I travel 50+ miles one-way to work each day - the majority of the
drive on an Interstate.
The non-Interstate driving is on some curvy roads.

Several questions I am hoping you can answer from experience...

- How does your car handle "curvy" roads?  When I drive my CRV, even
at the speed limit, I feel as though I am going to rollover.  This is
one of my main reasons for trading in the car.  Can I expect better
performance from a Prius?  And would the Touring edition make a
difference in handling?

- What are your favorite features about the vehicle?  I am looking at
getting a Package #2, so I won't  have all of the bells 'n' whistles
people normally tout about - so I am talking about the "basic"

- Lastly, what are your main gripes about the vehicle?  My CRV has a
heaviness to it on my new long commutes and I long for an easier, more
enjoyable ride.  Gas mileage is most definitely an issue, so I'd be
curious as to what the typical highway-driver (70 mph) of a Prius
tends to get in terms of gas mileage.

Thanks in advance for all of your insight and feedback!

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on September 21, 2007, 12:41 pm

Wonderfully so.  Suspension and tire technology has come a long, long

That's because you're driving a TALL vehicle.  The Prius has a low
center of gravity, partially due to the aluminum they use.

I have a base model--didn't even come with an AUX in jack to the stereo.  
So I added it myself (coastaletech.com).  I find that beyond that,
there's nothing the car doesn't have that I would wish for.  Navigation
is the big thing people want, and it's easily added on demand for much
less than what Toyota wants for its built in system.  I use a unit I can
take from car to car and while traveling in rental cars.

It has auto climate control, great A/C, and power locks and windows.

Some people swear by the Smart Key System.  I don't think it matters,
myself, other than for bragging rights.  If you need that, fine.

I haven't found any yet.  I've been on a couple of long trips in the 6
months I've owned one, and it's VERY comfortable for that--and in the
summer, with AC on, still gets 53mpg on the road at 70+mph.

Posted by richard schumacher on September 22, 2007, 2:53 am

For lots more feedback visit http://priuschat.com

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on September 22, 2007, 6:32 pm

WTF does your driving a Prius have to do with me just because I'm
driving a Prius?

Are you pissed because guys wearing blue shirts don't wave at each other?

Posted by Tom Ricostronza on September 23, 2007, 4:39 am

On Sat, 22 Sep 2007 14:32:45 -0400, "Elmo P. Shagnasty"

I don't know what you have to do with the rest of humanity.

WTF do you have against guys wearing blue shirts?  I bet you're from a
*red* state.  Aren't many of those left now.  :-)

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