Since this was the first time we drove a Toyota Prius, we didn't know much what to expect from it, except for the usual "it's politically correct","it's green", "it's slow", etc. What we found out after testing it is probably the fact that it's very "niche". The best thing we liked about it, apart from all the bells and whistles of the technology incorporated in it, is obviously the low fuel consumption and the fact that you can actually drive it not using a single drop of fuel for a small distance.
Its main disadvantage is probably the fact that it no longer feels like an old-school car, but just a very effective means of personal transportation. To some of us here at autoevolution, the Prius is nothing but a high-tech appliance with absolutely no soul. Not to say that your average cost-effective Korean econobox has more soul than this, but the Prius can probably only be truly loved by people who hate cars or who downgrade them to the point of necessary evils.
The ugly bit about the Prius is probably its design. Not in the literal sense, since it does have some really nice design cues from some angles, but in the sense that it truly stands out as a hybrid, or green "hippie car" on the road. Some people like that and only buy hybrids to achieve a certain status. The others, who only want fuel economy without having to be in the spotlight for it are probably better left with either a green diesel or a "regular" car converted to be a hybrid.Continue reading