"I bought my 2007 Prius in November 2006, my husband bought his GMC Canyon three months later. My Prius has 48,000, the only maintenance done is what was required by Toyota and the oil changes every 3000 miles. I replaced the tires at 47,000 miles, because I had to have them plugged several times after picking up screws and nails in our neighborhood. The Canyon has 18,000 miles (as of Feb. 2010), it has had the rear window resealed after leaking, the front drivers power window fixed, and both head lights changed after they went out. My Prius is our main car, we drive it everywhere, especially on my commute which is 6 miles of stop and start driving at stop lights. I still get 43-48 mpg after 3+ years. The only gripe I have is the comfort of the front seats, after 3 hours, you can really feel the small amount of padding. Love the hatchback, smartkey, back-up camera and the mp3 hookup. I have had two Toyotas (Rav4 & this Prius), both great vehicles. NO problems with the accelerator or the floormats, they hook to the floor, so no slippage. Love this car!"
"Our vehicle has the key sensor so the car knows when you are coming. At night it brings the interior lights up as you approach the car. When you reach out for the handle, it unlocks itself. You can hear the brake pump and coolant circulator start up as well as it gets ready to go, before you even open the door.
This kind of technology goes a long way toward making the vehicle seem even more alive and responsive to your needs. Talk about falling in love with a car!
I believe that if every vehicle made simply provided the same kind of information about real-time and overall mileage, a truly staggering amount of fuel would be saved. It would not be necessary to improve the hardware at all--simply accelerate the evolution of the software in the heads of the driving public. One bit of information that the Prius doesn't provide is a simple gauge to show how many dollars per minute/mile are pouring out of the tailpipe. With this kind of data available, the amount of gasoline required might be cut by 1/3, maybe even 1/2!"
"A solid but not exceptional vehicle, bought new, averaging 40mpg overall. Factory tires are poor for traction. Traction contrl cuts all acceleration at the slightest wheel slip making the car almost useless on slipppery roads; when pulling from side streets on wet roads the car just stops if the wheels slip even a tiny bit, leaving you momentarily stuck and unable to get out of the way of oncoming traffic--so unsafe that I reported it to NHTSA. Became tolerable with better tires. High quality snow tires make a great deal of difference and are ESSENTIAL if you are ever going to drive in ANY snow. Fabric seats soil easily--dumb idea. Fog lights cannot be run independent of regular headlights, making them largely useless. Poor rear vision d/t split rear window--bottom portion (the main viewing area) is ALWAYS dirty and hard to see out of. Quality is high but design issues make me wonder if Japanese designers have ever seen snow or fog. If drier climates woudl be a fine economy car but for NE Ohio, you'll need to upgrade your tires as soon as you buy."