My Toyota Prius Hybrid: A Love Story

Posted on January 17, 2011 by in Green

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2010 Toyota Prius In Blizzard White, A Car You Can Love

Who knew that my decision to “go green” with my car would turn into a love story?

Yes, my name is Faiqa, and I love my Toyota Prius II hybrid.  And not just because it’s saving the world by reducing toxic emissions.

There are few worldly possessions that I can use the word “love” for in the most complete and pure sense of the word.  This feeling, though? Is real love.  The kind of love that poets have written about, the kind of love that makes you want to be a better human being and at the same time makes you feel just a little unworthy.

Hear me out.  I have more than a few reasons to love this car as much as I would a person.

Cash, Baby. The Toyota Prius gets up to 50 miles per gallon on urban driving and up to 48 on the interstate.  I usually make one 90 minute trip on the interstate once a week, and I’m averaging 46.8 miles per gallon per tank.  My previous vehicle being an SUV, you should know that I am saving almost 50% on gasoline per month.

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The Roomy interior Of The Toyota Prius Hybrid Holds All The Gear Required Of Soccer Moms.

Form and Function. I have the Prius in “Blizzard Pearl.”  Not to be confused with “white.”  Furthermore, there are a handful of vehicles in my mind that say “I’m a suburban soccer mom” less than this car.  At the same time, because it’s a hatchback and has plenty of room for strollers, golf clubs and groceries, the transition from my Volvo XC90 has been completely seamless.  I have to tell you, the way this car looks makes me feel exponentially cooler than my Volvo did.  And I was already pretty damn cool.

Driver’s Ed. The Prius II has a section in its display panel called “the hybrid system indicator” that lets you know when you’re running on fuel and when the car is running on electric.  The quicker you try to go faster, the more fuel you burn.  Gunning the accelerator at a stop light or accelerating too quickly is an inefficient use of fuel.  We know this, but how many cars remind you of this?  The Prius does.  And it doesn’t even make you feel bad about yourself or threaten to give you a “C” on your midterm.

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Eco-mode In The Prius Helps Drivers Track And Improve Fuel Economy.

Self Righteousness. The Environmental Protection Agency has declared the Prius among the “cleanest” vehicles sold in the United States. The term “clean” applies to a reduced amount of toxic emissions and smog,  Say it with me, I love the earth.  I love the earth more than the guy driving in front of me.  I love the earth more than the gal behind me.  I love the earth the most. Feels good, right?

The Prius drives very well and the only time I’ve been negatively affected by its capacity to run electric was when I almost left the car running in my driveway without turning it off.  Electric is very, very quiet.  The vehicle does have an alarm that notifies the driver that the car is still on when they walk away with the key, so the only harm done was that I felt slightly stupid for forgetting to turn the car off.

One thing a lot of people have asked me is whether I have to plug the car in or not.  The Prius runs on a revolutionary technology that allows the car to essentially charge itself.  It’s all very scientific and amazing, however, short answer is, “No, I don’t have to plug it in.”

And thank goodness, because anyone who knows me knows how hard it is for me to remember to plug in my cell phone.

To find out more about the different models and pricing of the 2010 Prius, visit Toyota’s website which can also help you find a dealer in a location close to you.  Also, even if you live within a few hours of the Central Florida area, I very highly recommend David Maus Toyota whose staff was absolutely exceptional in their courtesy, professionalism and customer service.

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Posted on January 17, 2011 by in Green

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18 Responses to “My Toyota Prius Hybrid: A Love Story”
  1. martymankinsNo Gravatar says:

    If I didn’t have my heart set on getting a Nissan LEAF this year, I would seriously consider a hybrid. Between your gushing over the amazing feats the Prius can do and Ren’s newly found love for the same car, I can see why it’s a great car to own and drive. And as a bonus, reducing your carbon footprint.

  2. MeganNo Gravatar says:

    We had considered the Prius before driving the MINI, but just fell in love with the MINI. It gets great gas mileage and I love it, but I think our next car will be a hybrid or electric. Good to know this is a great car. I’d love to hear what you think down the road when it’s not so new and needs a repair. I adore my car but it’s not cheap to fix!

    • corrinNo Gravatar says:

      @Megan, I’ve had my Prius for going on 2 years and I’ve only needed regular maintenance, which hasn’t been any more expensive than any other car I’ve ever driven. I bought my Prius based on the recommendation of a friend who was on her 3rd Prius (not because of any issues, but because they were being passed down to her children) who had had minimal repairs, also. Hoping it continues to be a low maintenance car!

  3. corrinNo Gravatar says:

    I waited over a year for my 2010 Prius to arrive and two years later, I couldn’t be happier. I put the deposit down with my 2008 stimulus check and picked the car up in June 2009. I drive a 50/50 mix of city and highway and (after re-learning how to drive to get the most out of my Prius)I average about 46 mpg. My husband’s Corolla will need to be replaced in the next 2 years, and we’ll most likely opt for another Prius.

  4. Sybil LawNo Gravatar says:

    Blizzard Pearl is exactly what I would choose – pearl is awesome and white is best for cars. Seriously. I like white cars, and being married to a car guy, I definitely know my paints. :)
    I am such a dork.

  5. RenNo Gravatar says:

    I’m very happy with my Prius as well. I splurged for the solar-powered parking ventilation, which I’m looking forward to experiencing (more fully) this summer.

    5000 miles in and I’m (only) averaging 42.35 mpg (measured by fill-up, not based on what the Prius shows, which seems to be 2-3 mpg too high). Not quite as good as I’d hoped, but head-and-shoulders above my other vehicles. It seems that the cold weather has a negative impact on the economy, presumably because the gas engine is needed to heat the car’s interior. Also, I’ve started checking the tire pressure at least every fill-up and have been finding the front tires several PSI low.

  6. i’m interested in what folks from more mountainous states have to say about performance.

  7. shinyNo Gravatar says:

    We bought our Prius II in April of 2010 — and I’ve been loving it. My commute is mostly highway, but the fuel economy is quite impressive nonetheless. My main surprise was the efficient space management: since this vehicle was replacing a Honda Accord, I was skeptical about trunk space, leg room and the like. However, this is a car which has comfortably seated five (albeit one of them was a small child) with a rather packed hatchback.

    The novelty for me (on the 2010 models) is the “EV Mode” which allows for limited electric-only driving in certain conditions if the vehicle is moving less than 25 MPH. Of course it won’t take you that far, but it’s nice for stop-and-go traffic when your windows are open.

    All in all – I love it. I’d certainly cosider buying another in the future…

  8. tariqNo Gravatar says:

    Even though I drive your car only on the weekends, I have had at least a half dozen people in the last couple of months come up to me and ask what I thought about the car and how much they liked it.

  9. LisaNo Gravatar says:

    We considered a Prius when we bought our Corolla, but it was in 2009 when you practically had to punch your mother to get one and they had huge markups ($6000 over sticker here!). It just wasn’t worth it at the time.

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