Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Rick if you check the post I said the Honda was an 06. Ididn't purchase the Prius because I wanted a Japanese car. I have been a car person for over sixty years and in 04 wondered why only two manufacturers in the world were making hybrids. I had only one choice because after all the information dug up the Prius was the only one designed from scratch as a hybrid. I've mentioned this before.
I believe I have discovered why the rest of the industry is still avoiding the true hybrid and that is because of the complexity and all the little idiosyncrasies we have seen posted here about strange noises, shaky start-ups and hundreds of questions starting with "what is happening?"
I think it is interesting comparing the Honda with the Prius because Honda attacked the problem of improving gas milage with a standard model car which they inexpensively modified. Aside from the high milage figures it is still more of a car in the actual and simple sense.
If the world goes hybrid I believe this is the way it will go. In fact that is exactly what is happening. ie; Camry, Ford escape, Saturn Vue ect: None designed from scratch as hybrids as was the Prius.
However I see no sign of any of the worlds other manufacturers steering in any hybrid direction. It will be interesting to see what is on the roads when the "GOOD" batteries hit the market. I believe the electric car with the small generating system will end up being the choice chosen.
That's just one mans opinion.
Believe it or not I chose the Highlander because I was able to purchase one that was "lo tech," very similar to cars of the eighties. The V6 I have has a standard radio with knob operation and pushbutton tuning for the 12 am and fm stations. An A/C system operated by three simple knobs. One to select fan speed, the next to select temperature on a range from "blue" for cold to white for temperate and of course red for heat, with a knob selection for where you want the air directed. "SUPER"
The seats are fully adjustable and comfortable and the process of getting in and out is just open the door and sit!
The Ford Edge I would have liked on the otherhand was hi tech and very similar to the controls for all systems as those in the Prius. Plus because of the manipulation of the yen it was impossible to pass up on that 5 yr zero percent financing. I'm pleased with the car and it has become the everyday driver and will continue to be so unless we see something like gas rationing. I've already decided that the extra comfort and utility is worth much more than the extra few hundred dollars a year it will cost me to drive rather than the Prius. I've kept the Prius because it is still low milage and the best I could get for it in December was $4,000 less than Edmunds or KBB. My Toyota dealer wasn't really interested in it.
He now has quite a few at the dealership and there are a lot now available at the car auctions. Ford said "no thanks," we wouldn't know how to get it started!