As far as I'm concerned, it appeals on no fronts whatsoever. I'm going to list a basic criteria of what makes a car desireable, and then I'll see if the Prius fills in that criteria.
I think I have better things to do than marvel at its uncanny ability to be so downright hideous. I don't know what Toyota where thinking, maybe this hideousness is eco-friendly.
Speed and Power
You have to be kidding me, right? Link
76BHP? Please, my washing machine generates more power than that.
Hey look, it's a sea of dreariness! Link
I'm sorry, but this car is just downright crap. There's no good side to it, except its MPG of 48. And the interesting thing is, you can pay a little but extra and buy a Golf 1.6d, which is MUCH more attractive, a damn sight faster than the Prius and does 44MPG in town. Golf vs. Prius. How's that for a foregone conclusion? >_>
The simple fact about fuel economy is that your driving style is the real deciding factor. If you accelerate hard and are constantly going over the speed limit that 48 MPG plummets. That's why I'd never buy a car for it's efficiency. A sports car's MPG might be low but compared to driving an efficient car really fast your no worse off.
Did I mention that hybrids are cons? The point here is to find a source of energy besides gas but hybrids still use gas. Once the gas runs out the hybrids will be useless just like the gas cars. So you might as well enjoy gas power while you still can.
[Edited by SuperSkyline89, 4/14/2008 7:34:35 AM]
'09 Corvette ZR-1.
You'll need to scroll down a bit. Link
[Edited by SKUD666, 4/14/2008 1:08:43 PM]
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