Originally Posted by Focus YBTC
You're wrong about 99.9 % of that. The generation Prius (2007) in my family has a much more spacious and comfortable rear seat than my Focus and it is a great car on highway trips. That year Prius is designed to run on BOTH the electric motor and gas engine combined most of the time. It only runs on electric alone up to 15 MPH. There is a new Prius C (C for city) that is designed as a commuter car where your statements about highway driving may apply. Don't get me started on the green factor and the lies that have been perpetrated about hybrids on that front. One favorite was the whopper that a Hummer was more "green" cradle to grave than a Prius and that's been proven wrong so many times it will make your head spin. I'm really tired of the pseudo-macho anti-hybrid posing that goes on by people ignorant about the Prius.
Having said all that I'm willing to bet I'd like the Ford C-Max hybrid much better though I haven't driven one yet. The company I work for had a load of Ford Escape hybrids and that was a really nice driving economical car. The C-Max is a much improved car and gets a rated 47 MPG combined.
actually your perpetuating. back in 07 it was true just for the fact of the few numbers of prius produced which made their cost high.
And sadly, the 2010 focus beat out the 10 prius by a long shot cradle to grave again in the study. focus 55 cents a mile compared to the prius $1.89 a mile cradle to grave.
It's actually funny how owners push their mpg (47 to 50 depending on prius model) yet fail to mention tdi vw's get far higher mileage. then theres the fiesta and focus which get 40mpg (some reported mpg higher), which costs less than the prius.
And don't forget to mention the tax credit the prius gets, 7500 i believe?.
Now mr prius I pose a question since your so eco friendly... someone you know is deciding between buying a new prius and a used suburu outback. which is greener?