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Congratulations. So you found it roomy enough for the car seat and the 2 other kids? I'm guessing you did since you bought it. I think you will be very happy with the car.
I have a nearly identical situation to yours. 7 y/o twin boys in boosters (8 in August) and a 2 y/o daughter in a car seat (3 in July). We've had our Prius since Oct. of 2003 and it's our prefered vehicle for most routing commuting. We like the Highlander Hybrid for longer trips and when we're hauling more cargo or going skiing and such, but the Prius is more than adequate and nearly as roomy in the passenger compartment as the Highlander is.

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Well, that's quite an accomplishment with three car seats! We traded in our Sienna, which was nice and roomy but only so-so mileage. We have an '07 Tacoma that fits everyone if we need to take a longer trip, so having two large vehicles was overkill.

The 8-year olds aren't in car seats, and they have plenty of butt-room.

My husband is worried that something is wrong though - our fuel gauge hasn't gone down at all! We know it works because it was 1/3 full yesterday, and they filled it up before we drove off the lot. We've put 110 miles on it since they filled it, and the tank still shows full.
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Hey Evan, I was wondering when you were going to speak up!

It does seem as if the car lags for a second taking off at stops, but in reality you are getting a whole lot more torque at the start than in a conventional car. Just check out your speedometer.

Depending how full the tank is, you could go about 180-230 miles before coming off of full. There's another thread on that very question so I won't elaborate here.
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Sorry, just got home from a week of trout fishing, beer drinking and lie telling, took me a little while to get back to my 'responsibilities' on the prius boards!

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I had a Corolla as a rental (courtesy of my local dealership).. and I must say, I hated it. And honestly, I think it has less power than my Prius (it couldn't climb the dang hill.. and it was like a baby slope). Crappy torque?

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Somewhere on here is my post about my 1500 mile journey with four adults and a baby in a baby seat (might even be the same model as the middle on in Evan's car, above,) and a completely full trunk. (I'm positive we were over the 800 pound limit.) It kept up with traffic going over the Rocky Mountains just fine. (I kept at the speed limit while I was driving, but my wife and father-in-law both went about 90. At which speed, the Prius gets about 35 miles per gallon.)

Owner of 'Eeyore', a 2004 Prius. Only took 2 days from start of search to delivery.

8 years of ownership, 115,000 miles, about 40 MPG average at present.
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We have, several times, moved kids to and from college in the Prius. 3 adults and a dormroom full of stuff (and a case of wine from Wollersheim winery on the way back) from Minneapolis to Madison. It worked just fine.

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Well, I went to work today and got grilled about the new car. My colleagues couldn't really imagine that it would be big enough and have enough power for 5 people - they thought I was crazy to trade in the van.

We know the situation better than they do - 95% of our driving is just around town, to/from work, etc. For the times when we need more room or cargo area, we have a truck. There is no reason to keep two large vehicles when a smaller, more efficient one will do. I also told them it is bigger inside than it looks from the outside.

I'm sure I"ll end up driving a couple of them to lunch this afternoon, so they'll get a chance to see for themselves.
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