I don't have direct experience with the NHW20 models, 2004-09, but
will share what I've found with our NHW11, 2001-03, and ZVW30, 2010-
o 0-30 is impressive - MG2 has a lot of electric torque so it gets off
the line quickly but on to 60 takes about 10 seconds with the NHW20
and 13 seconds with my NHW11. The ZVW30 is just a hair under 10 second
faster than the NHW20.
o stiffening plate mod for NHW20 - Prius owners who are into precise
handling have been pleased with an after-market, stiffening plate that
o love fast curves - the low center of gravity with good tires can be
a lot of fun. I had been driving my 03 Prius for several years but had
to take my wife's Echo one day. On the first turn I was in a delicate
balance between rolling and hitting the curb. It takes getting used to
but with good tires it is a lot of fun . . . don't pull it on
unsuspecting passengers you like.
What I'd suggest is checking with your local car rental places and
seeing if you can rent one for a 'sleep over' or weekend. Not everyone
likes Prius handling and renting one for a day or so will 'take the
newness off.' This is what my wife and I did in 2001 with a dealer
Prius but we went with a 2001 Echo for her. In May 2009, we sold her
2001 Echo to buy the 2010 Prius and never looked back.
Late thought, I'm driving more with the Prius than with the old Camry
in part because I don't have to worry about fuel costs. Also, I love
to drive a quiet car. So when my wife wants something from the store,
I'll go a little further to enjoy the ride.
After 14 years of service, our 1991 Camry had over 183,000 miles when
it was lost. Coming up on 6 years, our 2003 Prius has just under
90,000 miles. I'm driving more and enjoying it.