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Toyota Prius

Well, Erci went and beat me to it. We picked up her Barcelona Red 2006 Toyota Prius this evening. It is very, very nice. I want one too. I balked at the non-negotiable prices earlier this fall, and I am glad I waited because the 2006 models will play MP3 encoded CDs and alarm when a tire pressure is low, but I am now thinking I want to replace my Saab 9-5 Wagon. AT-PZEV rating and 50+ MPG are calling me.

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  1. Scott Cozad | December 28, 2005 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    You do know that in buying a Prius you are joining a cult right? I say that only partially joking. I get other Prius owners waving at me all the time on the road or other Prius owners talking to me in parking lots. But as cults go it is not a bad one.

    Cheers,
    Scott

  2. nycoco | December 28, 2005 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Tee – Hee, sounds reminiscent of the days back yonder when I drove a 1968 MGB – you remember that. Sitting in the non-existent back seat above the batteries whilst air rippled through the cracked plastic window. MGB owners were franatical too – recognizing those distinctive bubble-eyed low riding headlights betwixt by a grinning grill, signally to one another with passing lights. Sign – I miss having the soles of my shoes melted. Good days – good days.

  3. Bill McGraw | June 23, 2006 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    Can someone tell me the instataneous MPG and RPM at 10 MPH increments from 30-80 MPH? Toyota refused to answer the question.

  4. snolan | June 23, 2006 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Bill, that varies over a very wide range because of the awesome CVT (continuously variable transmission).

    If you are coasting, the instantaneous MPG is 99.99 (the highest the Prius can measure) no matter what speed you are going (so long as you are moving).

    If you are pushing down on the accelerator firmly, and accellerating, the instant MPG is very low (5.5MPG – 50MPG depending on how hard you are pushing the gas engine).

    Absolute speed does not matter much, provided you are moving (though higher speeds up to the limit of air resistance tend to give better MPG results just because distance is greater).

    What really matters is how much the gas engine is working. Hope that helps.

    I have measured results on newer posts this same blog.

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