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Old 12-28-2012, 09:01 PM
alpinweiss alpinweiss is offline
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Although there are many types of people that buy it, the Prius seems to attract a lot of people that are trying to make a public proclamation as to how green is their lifestyle. It is similar to a large bumper sticker.

For people that want to be green, but without the public display, I think a Volkswagen Jetta (or Golf, or Passat) Diesel is a more reasonable choice. They get about the same fuel economy as a Pruis, and they can be fun to drive when ordered with a manual transmission. The obvious problem is these cars don't shout "green", since they are virtually indistinguishable from gas-powered VW models.

I view a Prius as a non-enthusiasts car. The battery packs are heavy, and the handling is clumsy. It rides on skinny, low rolling-resistance tires. It does not encourage enthusiastic driving. Everyone has a right to drive what they desire (within reason). But they should show courtesy to other drivers, and not be obstructionists in the left lane.

Back on topic: I have seen this from the driver's seat of my BMW.

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