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Thinking of new Prius, which model?

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Posted by Lawrence Greenwald on April 29, 2012, 3:32 pm
My venerable 2005 model year Prius, in service since December 2004, is
now at about 105K miles. Been thinking about getting a new one.
However, with the new models now out there (Prius c, Prius V) in
addition to the regular Prius, it's a question of what's right for me.

I want maximum MPG with minimum costs, but I like my creature comforts
in there as well (NAV a must, BlueTooth nice).

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.


Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on April 29, 2012, 6:51 pm
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Why?  Is something wrong with your current car?

No brainer:  standard Prius all the way--it's the perfect combination of
size and fuel economy.  Except, you couldn't pay me to take a current
Prius.  The dashboard/center console thing is ALL wrong compared to my

(Cue bobblehead and his smugness...)


Nav?  Stick a Garmin on the dash, and you're way ahead compared to
paying Toyota for their ugly system.  That same Garmin can also have

Keep your perfectly running car, tweak it as necessary, and put the
money towards a cruise or something.

Posted by Lawrence Greenwald on May 1, 2012, 12:17 am

Actually, nothing really wrong with it. After 7+ years of ownership, I
was thinking about a newer model.

Posted by DanielleOM on May 1, 2012, 11:22 am
 On 4/29/2012 11:32 AM, Lawrence Greenwald wrote:

I ended up test driving a prius, a prius V and the prius C.  I bought
the prius C, although I think I was motivated by the lower cost of the
C.  The C is a smaller car with less HP.  To a large degree, I relied
bought by the numbers generated by intellichoice cost comparisons.  I
bought the prius c in the three trim level.  Sounds like you would need
that trim level to get what you want.  Note the level four trim level
gets larger wheels with a smaller turning radius.  (and stiffer
suspension).  I tend to keep cars a long time and who knows what fuel
prices will be 7 years from now.

It's interesting to note the prius C has better mileage in the city than
it does on the highway (interstate cruising).  For the Connecticut two
lane roads that I often drive in the range of 35 to 50 miles an hour,
the city mileage numbers seem to apply based on my own experience.

I do question the seating comfort of the Prius C.  I thought my Nissan
Sentra had more comfortable seating.  A friend who often is a passenger
thinks the Prius C has better comfort than the 99 Nissan Sentra.

It's often a tough call as to when to get rid of cars.  My Nissan Sentra
was still operating fine with 230K miles on it.  The engine had plenty
of power, still sounded good and the original clutch was still
operating.  But it had laundry list of small things that needed
attention.  It needed EGR valve, knock sensor, an EVAP problem to be
sorted out, tie rod ends, ball joints, a power steering leak, new
battery, body rust through, gasket leaks, and other miscellaneous
undiagnosed noises.  Cost of repair would have greatly exceeded the
value of the car.


Posted by News on May 1, 2012, 11:57 am
 On 5/1/2012 7:22 AM, DanielleOM wrote:

Any reason you chose not to test the NewGen Prius (non-c/v)?

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