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post #31 of 51
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The Smart is not a hybrid, and its mileage is not that impressive.
I agree. I did my own research on that car when I was in the market looking. While super cute, and I love the idea of being able to park anywhere. That car doesn't come with a lot of perks.

I like Prius's I would have bought one if I had wanted to go 6 thousand more into debt. My next car will definately be a hybrid though.

In the end I bought a brand new fully loaded Toyota Yaris for about 15 G's. It said it got between 36-38 MPG's. However I have calculated it a few times and on the freeway I know I get a little bit more than that. I have calculated 42 mpgs. Oddly enough no one had these cars in my area but all of a sudden they are popping up! They are roomy and fun to drive. Of course I am only 5 foot 2. So everything is roomy in my world.
post #32 of 51
The Yaris is a great little car, and several others are competitors and quite good. I like the way the Prius maximizes the use of technology; I have no doubt it is part of the coming trend. There IS a factory-approved conversion kit to make it plug-in rechargeable and totally electric for the first 40 miles or so, before the engine has to start to recharge the batteries. Plus, I hear there is or soon will be a solar charger add-on for the roof to help recharge the batteries while the car is sitting.

Wal-Mart, by the way, is operating a small fleet of hybrid Peterbilts. If you see a light green Wal-Mart truck, that's one of them.
post #33 of 51
I love that small cars are finally becoming popular in the US. Moving here was a huge eye opener for us - the Prius was one of the few small cars we could get, and driving anywhere we always felt monstered by the other huge vehicles around us (all with one person in them).

I really like the Yaris too, great little car.
post #34 of 51
I've driven a Yaris (it's one of the cars in the local Zipcar fleet - cars you can rent by the hour, and just walk to where they sit in your neighborhood), and I really, really didn't like it. Why oh why are all of gauges and things in the middle instead of in front of the driver? I also drove a hybrid Civic zipcar; that I like better, but mostly just because I disliked the Yaris so much; the hybrid honda civic felt like a pretty normal car.

I'm surprised people are saying that the Smart Car is expensive; the information I can find online says that it starts at $12,000.

I think both small cars and hybrid cars make sense, and I'm glad they are both getting bigger on the US market right now. I think hybrids mostly important because they are field-testing technology and for those poor souls who've made the terrible choice to have to drive every day in bad traffic. I suggested to my mother that she go for a small car, because she doesn't have traffic problems and doesn't have a lot of money to invest up front in a hybrid.
post #35 of 51
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Why oh why are all of gauges and things in the middle instead of in front of the driver?
You know that's one of those things that first threw me off when I started driving it. However, I am always up for change and I got used to it quite quickly. So much so that when I drive another vehichle it throws me off. Plus I love having a glove box on my side! It's the best! I put my mints, registration, and garage opener it in.
post #36 of 51
We got back from seeing the relatives in our annual trip to Indiana from New York in our Prius. Going there we hit 54.5 mpg. Coming back we went 70 mph the whole way and came in at 51.4 mpg. We were in a hurry to get the cats and the dog from the kennel in time.
I've had this car for 18 months and have been hitting 56 mpg this summer. In winter it drops down to 46-50 mpg, all cars get worse mileage in cold weather.

I think it's great they have been a success for Toyota and more and even better ones will be coming soon.

All cars should have a real time monitor like the Prius does that shows the exact relationship between the gas pedal and mpg, most people are unaware.
post #37 of 51
Just saw this, and have to comment. We put a lot of thought into what we could do as our relatively new Toyota truck simply does not get above high 20s re mpg and it was killing us with dh's commute.

We liked what we read about the prius but we just couldn't afford one.

In the end, dh got a Piaggio MP3 500 and now fast scooter's to work (looks like a motorcyle quite a bit and is rated for highway)...and gets 50 to 55 mpg which is much more what we can afford re a weekly gas bill!
post #38 of 51
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Originally Posted by Enuja View Post
Why oh why are all of gauges and things in the middle instead of in front of the driver?
This one is easy.

It's because the car is set up to be either a left-hand or right-hand drive, so they don't have to change the gauges.
post #39 of 51
Well, yes, I'd guessed that, but I don't think the simplicity is worth the awkwardness. But, if Breal76 could get used to it, maybe it's not so bad. And, honestly, the 2nd time I drove the car it wasn't nearly as bad as the first time.
post #40 of 51
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
This one is easy.

It's because the car is set up to be either a left-hand or right-hand drive, so they don't have to change the gauges.
I don't know why, and that sounds like a good reason! Though I must say, on my old Saturn, that I traded in for my Prius they were in the middle and I LOVED it. Though, it was tilted to the left, so that reason won't apply, since a right side driver couldn't see it... The type right behind the wheel is REALLY annoying since I'm so tall, and the wheel goes right over the top of the speedometer. You know, blocking from about 35 to about 75, the range I'm usually in... "Sorry officer, I didn't know how fast I was going, my wheel was in the way!" Though it's not so bad for the Prius, since it's a digital display and lower so the wheel doesn't block it.

As for the Prius, I LOVE it! So does hubby, and I was worried what he would think. It's not a big macho car, ya know, and he's tall (even taller than me, wow!) so wasn't sure he'd be comfortable, but he fits well! Not much I can add to the tech-talk, but I do like getting such good MPG!

It was pure bliss coming home from Tahoe, and for 45 mins only using gas for about two mins... Display said 100 MPG (100 MPG is max) for 45 mins...
post #41 of 51
My diesel truck, which weighed 80,000 lbs, was 75 feet long, 13.5 feet high, and 8.5 feet wide, with a 500 hp engine with 1850 lbs/ft of torque, also said 99 mpg most of the way down that slope.
post #42 of 51
I must admit I am surprised...no one here had any questions re what the Piaggio is? They are not that common in the US.
post #43 of 51
Just say, "Vespa."

If they say, "Huh?"

Just say, "Roman Holiday."
post #44 of 51
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
Just say, "Vespa."

If they say, "Huh?"

Just say, "Roman Holiday."
LOL....that was a good movie...but imho, this is way cooler even than a Vespa...it's the funky 2 wheels in front
post #45 of 51
Vespa is produced by Piaggio.
post #46 of 51
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
Vespa is produced by Piaggio.
Thank you...my husband did the research, all I knew was it's an Italian company and the piaggios are way cool and look very different from the Vespa's I saw at the store.
post #47 of 51
Scooters have gained a lot of popularity, and while the old 50 cc models were just glorified bicycles, only good for city use, if you get up in the range of the Burgman, you can do long-distance traveling for not much money.

Burgman
post #48 of 51
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
Scooters have gained a lot of popularity, and while the old 50 cc models were just glorified bicycles, only good for city use, if you get up in the range of the Burgman, you can do long-distance traveling for not much money.

Burgman
Here is the link to the Piaggio MP3 500

...they are a bit similar in the body and front, not that far apart in price either.
post #49 of 51
Thread Starter 
People don't ask, Pat, because all they have to do is google (or check out Wikipedia).
post #50 of 51
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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
People don't ask, Pat, because all they have to do is google (or check out Wikipedia).
okay...I'll try not to feel like I'm a thread killer. I tend to think folks are interested in discussing stuff like this, which I find interesting, but seems I am often wrong.
post #51 of 51
I googled it, and noticed the tripod nature of the beast with interest, and didn't post in reply. So, yeah, just because no-body replied doesn't mean that no-body was informed!
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