Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: some north east state in USA...
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You'd rather have a manual stick-shift
than an automatic? (Prius is only
CVT, while the HCH is available in
manual or CVT.)
You like the crash test ratings for
the Civics (5 star driver/passenger,
HCH not tested yet), while the Prius
was given a 3/4 star rating.
You like your local Honda dealer
(sales or service) better than the
local Toyota dealer.
Parts are much easier to find for
a Civic than for a Prius.
You're just more comfortable in a
HCH than in a Prius.
IF there was a HCH available when I
last was looking for a car, I would've
at least looked at it, as on paper
their costs, features, and dimensions
are fairly similar, but... I own a
Prius, I love my Prius, and since I
haven't had to look for a new car
since I haven't even tried sitting
in a HCH. Heck, I've only seen one
HCH in the wild (to my knowledge).
More hybrids are a Good Thing.
From my discussions with other
people, the hot-platform types that
would be nice to have would be a
minivan, a hatchback/station wagon,
and a convertable (although I still
cannot figure why so many New Englanders
keep telling me they want a hybrid