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Posted by Moe on July 4, 2008, 1:38 pm
  They like the Camry because it's bigger, has more power and seemed
more normal.

Posted by Was Istoben on July 4, 2008, 1:48 pm

I suppose that's why it costs more and wastes more fuel.  Either one will
take 5 people to work day after day.

Posted by Mike Rosenberg on July 4, 2008, 2:54 pm

And what about mileage?  I'm getting 46 MPG overall in the 2004 Prius
for over 93K miles; I've been seeing 35 MPG is typical for the Camry

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Posted by Ike on July 4, 2008, 4:02 pm
 A Chevrolet Tahoe is bigger, has more power, and by the
standards of a few years ago was more "normal".

Today's Prius provides the best combination of
performance, capacity, economy, safety, reliability, and
features. When a better combination reaches the market,
the name of that next-generation car will probably be
"the 2010 Prius".

Moe wrote:

Posted by Scott on July 24, 2008, 11:48 pm
 I had a 2006 Prius that was, unfortunately, destroyed a couple of months
ago (comprehensive claim--I wasn't even in the car at the time).

While I waited for a new car, I had the chance to drive a HyCam for
quite a bit of the intervening months. I think I can give a pretty fair

Before anyone jumps on the positive things I have to say about the
HyCam, remember that I' now driving a Prius again, so know where my
loyalties lie.

Perhaps my #1 issue with the Prius is the seats. Just don't like 'em,
and I haven't found a good way to fix the deficiencies. Back in the
summer of '04, BP (Before [my] Prius), I drove cross country in a
'99 Solara. I absolutely would not want to attempt the same in the
Prius; in the latter, even shorter trips, say 500 miles round in 1-2
days, are quite uncomfortable. I'd love adjustable electric seats--or
even manually adjustable seats with more adjustment points, if it's a
weight issue. The Hycam seating is *much* more comfortable, and that's
not simply a luxury--I think good seats is important with something you
may well sit in for hours at a time, and the Prius has the worst seats
of any car I've owned since about 1990. The irony of this is that the
Prius's efficiency shines with pulse-and-glide driving--which would
*really* benefit from an adjustable seat bottom for more thigh support.

Noise. Wow, the HyCam is quieter. I can listen to the radio at much
lower settings in the HyCam than in the Prius (I listen to talk radio;
it's not a matter of thumping bass).

This is, I am certain, a function of sound insulation. I was startled to
find out how easily you can hear the Prius's sound system at even modest
volume levels (e.g., even under 20) if you're standing *outside* the car
with all the doors and windows closed.

The Camry is, basically, a more pleasant car to drive. I thought the
"more familiar layout" statement in the Edmunds video to be just silly.
I've had people sit in my Prius and state how they liked its layout
better; "because I'm more familiar with it" isn't in itself a good
enough reason.. Personally, I wish the MFD was a little less MF--I like
being able to change AC/Heat modes without messing with switching

HyCam trunkspace: pretty bad. Weekend for two at best.
Prius: bring a mattress for quick camping in back.

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