Ha! You thought you got me with this one, right? To tell you the truth, you actually got my neighbor Elrod, who is now repenting in his barn for all his sins. He's a... let's say simple fellow, who believes in sorcery, God and stuff like that, so upon seeing the Prius move without making any sound he probably though it was powered by witchcraft.
Now, my knocking-on-the-hood procedure has never failed me so I knew after only a few seconds that this cars has not one, not two, but three engines. Sure, only two of them are used to power it while the third one is filling in for a transmission, but still, there are three engines on board, right?
Well, the downside of checking a car's technical data by using carefully planted knocks on the hood is the fact that you never can tell how those specs "behave" in the real world, since I'm actually just reading a facts sheet. With my fingers.
Anyway, after taking a short stroll with the Prius I can honestly say that even though it has three times the number of engines of a regular car, it might actually miss a few more. I mean, my gravity donkey cart has more torque at the wheels than this gutless car.
I know, they had to downsize the internal combustion engine in order for it to use less fuel, but what happens if you're actually trying to pass someone on the highway? The whole thing feels like it's rubber band powered.
The only thing I really liked about it was the interior, which made me feel like Captain Jean-Luc Picard, of the USS Enterprise. You should have seen me yelling for Geordi La Forge to up the ante in the engine room, it was hilarious!