My Toyota Prius Hybrid: A Love Story
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.
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.
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.