A Car I had Originally Shunned
By TimTom on Friday, May 22, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Lot of Tech, Great Fit, Much Room, Easy to Clean."
Cons: "Glare on Radio/GPS Screen, No Coin Holder"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"When the sales rep directed me to the Prius I l said "No man really, I came here looking at the Camry". But he asked me to just at least give it a look and I got in it and it fit like a glove. I'm not a typical male, I'm 5'6", on most cars either I have to pull up the seat at an uncomfortable level, or deal with a steering wheel that even pulled forward was a stretch.
The Prius was different. Empty, it looks like any other car, sit in it, you feel like you're being surrounded and all the components are there to assist you. From the visuals at night, the dash and the near by console cleverly positioned making the entire experience a joy to drive.
One of things I enjoy about the car that may seem small is the lack of an automatic trunk release. I had a Camry and it was annoying how many times my trunk lid opened because the release button was pushed in my pant pocket, coming back to either see it open, once receiving a note from someone nice enough to shut it for me. No more worries. Also the trunk space, amazing, I can fold the back seats flat, the g/f was buying for her business and we were able to get two large flatbed carts from a popular warehouse store in the back.
For those that sit in the back the first time, they laugh about the optical illusion, you are outside the car, it looks small, you get in, it's huge, bigger than larger cars they see on the road.
Average mileage if you are a cautious driver in the right lane, about 60mpg's if you are a bit lead footed it can go anywhere from 35mpg to 50mpg. Eventually you'll start to learn to drive the car better and should get an average of 55mpg or more.
So the minuses .. Well the plastic interior, I know Toyota did this to keep costs down, it is however pretty pleasing to look at, it's not wood, not high end, but seats are comfortable and I'm focused on driving.
The space below the console...not sure what that is..other than putting a baseball cap and maybe your cell phone, nothing else I can find use of.
No change holder, but you can buy the astray option (or a simple cup) and use it for a change holder.
And one thing that does annoy me, the GPS is not easy to see during the day with the sun glaring on it, there is an aftermarket accessory available but someone should have realized "hey hard to see, maybe we should add a CD insert free with every purchase that lets the driver see the GPS better"
Other than the nit picking, great car, I have the solar roof option which makes it a pleasant sit overtime, even in the worst heat it's much better than any other car I've been in, worth going with the Prius 3 solar/sunroof package."
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