When you talk to Prius drivers, they do have good things to say, me being one of them. There are a few criticisms too, including:
- The rear window could be better. Most of it is covered by a tinted layer to reduce glare, but it also makes rear view vision less than clear.
- The car is low to the ground and balanced, but it is a bit clunky and noisy going over speed bumps and the like.
- The instrument panel is readable, but some of the data gets old. Is the Prius really getting 99.9 miles per gallon right now, and what does that really mean?
- It's nice but not luxurious -- basic commuter car.
I would add a few good points to this:
- It's safe, reliable, and dependable.
- The interior is roomier and spacier than the first generation version, and a good one to pack luggage and drive somebody home from the airport.
- The only problem I've seen on a 2006 model with about 100,000 odometer miles is the air conditioning touch screen control panel went wacky and had to be replaced.
- The mileage is very good -- usually around 50 mpg combined, but that needle doesn't go down to zero for quite a while and you're only filling up about 10 gallons. As gas prices spike up consistently, the love affair with the Prius deepens.
- The base price is about $23,000 these days. When people complain about hybrids costing $5K to $10K more than non-hybrid counterparts, it's hard to criticize the Prius for its price point.
And the verdict is? Call me a Prius addict.