Posted by Cathy F. on September 2, 2006, 4:01 pm
I think I'd put them in reverse - that driving a Corolla makes a hell of a
lot more sense than driving an SUV (unless a hybrid, then a lot), & a Prius
lot more sense than a Corolla (economics aside).
Economies of scale might permit a
When I was car shopping in '04 & seriously considering a Prius (but didn't
buy one for a couple of different reasons - time being a *big* issue then)
the dealer then said the Corolla would be available as a hybrid - before
'10. Now, whether or not it really will be I don't know...
Posted by Bill on September 2, 2006, 4:29 pm
Oops. When editing my post I removed "a hell of" from the first comparison
but not the second The emphasis was unintended. Leave it out of both and I
believe we agree.
I've heard these rumors too and tend to think it will happen in the next
couple of years. I ordered my '05 Prius mid '04 after studying the peak oil
arguments in conjunction with global warming. The Prius looked like such a
great first step toward dealing with both that I purchase Toyota stock with
some of my IRA. Take a peek at their stock performance since mid '04. If
that rumor bears fruit I expect additional growth in value.
Posted by Michelle Steiner on September 2, 2006, 4:47 pm
In 04, Toyota said that by 2010, there would be at least one hybrid
version of every vehicle in its product line.
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Posted by Mike Rosenberg on September 2, 2006, 7:17 pm
My two previous cars before my Prius were both Corollas (well, the
second was a Geo Prizm), and my first decision was to go with a somewhat
larger car while staying with Toyota, so at that point the choice was
Prius or Camry.
I don't know what the price comparison is now, but in mid '04 comparably
equipped Prius and Camry models were pretty close to the same price,
with the Camry actually somewhat higher, so the fact that I paid MSRP
for the Prius but wouldn't have for the Camry was offset by that
difference and the income tax deduction (it was a deduction back then,
not a credit, else the Prius would have had a net _lower_ cost than the
I drive about 25,000 miles a year, and since I tend to keep cars for at
least 10 years, I'll have easily paid for the difference and a lot more
between the Prius and a Corolla by the time I'm done, and, remember, I
didn't want a Corolla again in the first place.
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