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Hi - Getting ready to buy a '08 Prius and wondered if there really is a difference between Touring and 'regular' Prius? Hard to tell during a short test drive - I am a bit of an aggresive driver - not crazy or anything, but like to push it a bit around corners and stuff. So, wondered if I should get the Touring or save my money and put it towards a higher package.....

Anybody have any luck recently negotiating much on the prices? Local dealer (in Bradenton, FL.) said no discounts off MSRP.
Thanks!!
 

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Oh, I'll shop around - but want to make sure of what I want before I start getting into the nitty-gritty.
 

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If you're an 'agressive' driver, the Prius is not the car for you. The idea behind the Prius is better MPGs. Agressive driving won't get you there with the Prius.
 

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firepa63 said:
If you're an 'agressive' driver, the Prius is not the car for you. The idea behind the Prius is better MPGs. Agressive driving won't get you there with the Prius.
ummmm......the Prius is for everyone. The fact is, every driving style will benefit from the Prius.

Yes, the idea behind the Prius is better MPG--across all driving styles. Aggressive driving in a Prius *will* get you there compared to similarly aggressive driving in, say, an Accord.

Likewise, you can buy that 4 cylinder manual trans Accord and drive it appropriately, and get much better gas mileage than the guy who drives it aggressively. But the guy who drives the Accord aggressively will benefit from the prius, even if he continues to drive aggressively.

There is no need to drive the Prius in any special way, or otherwise to change your driving habits. Whatever your driving habits, you will realize the benefits of the Prius technology.
 

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I am going to get a Prius, maybe aggresive driver is not a good description, I certainly don't Hot Rod! - what I am wondering is - Has anyone driven both Touring and regular and noticed much difference? Is it really worth spending the extra money - does the car drive better?
 

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Put it this way. They are both economy cars outfitted with rear drum brakes. Some folks feel they drive better with a number of "differant" brand tires. Some have bought "stiffening plates" for body stiffness. Some buy the Touring for the bigger wheels. Your doing the right thing in driving them both and settling on the one you like. A guy in Texas that has both likes the Touring better. A guy in Arizona that has owned both likes the standard better. And the seats in both are uncomfortable. Unfortunately it takes more than a few miles to figure this out. But one thing is positive and that is you should get at "least" 42MPG driving it normally. You just might like to try the Honda Civic hybrid for an entirely different ride with the same milage figures.
 

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I feel obligated to respond to the constant 'the seats are uncomfortable' crap.

The seats are GREAT. I do 6 hours in my Prius, and I go straight through without ever stopping--and I get out as refreshed as when I got in.
 

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I have a 2004 "regular" Prius and a 2007 Touring. I used to drive the '04. Now my wife and kids mostly use the '04 and I usually drive the '07. I do notice a difference in the suspension. The Touring edition is slightly stiffer and tends to be a little more stable on the highway and with crosswinds. I think it corners a little better too. I like the look of the larger tires and the wheel trim on the Touring edition better than the those on the regular edition. The downside of the Touring edition is that driving the cars in the same manner, I get about 3 mpg less with the Touring edition. I like them both but have a slight personal preference for the Touring edition. And for what it's worth, I find the seats equally comfortable. I have cloth in the '04 and leather in the '07. They both seem to fit me well.
 

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I just picked up my #2 yesterday. I drove a touring edition and could find no difference other than the GPS that mattered. The dealer gave me a Tom Tom so there you go. Prior to buying the Prius 2 I drove a Civic EX-l and found the engine to be quite buzzy. The Si edition was not buzzy but the reduction in fuel economy took my right back to the Toyota dealer. The Prius rode and handled better to me than the Civic. The gas mileage and smoother ride sold me.
 

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Hi,

I'm from Germany so I have no experience with the american Prius models.

Just reading about the touring-package on toyota.com I can't see, why there should be any difference in mileage. The power-systems remained the same, didn't it? So is it just the bigger tyres?

I'm driving a european "Sol"-Prius and here 15-inch-tyres are not even allowed, as we have disc-brakes front and rear.

BTW. the american models are much cheaper than the german. (Prius SOL 25.600EUR -> 39.000USD)

Greets

tobibu
 

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Live in North Fort Myers and bought a 2008 Touring Model last September. We certainly think the Touring Model is well worth it, as the 16" Touring Tires provide great stability, and lighting package is awesome. Traded in a 2006 Standard Prius with 44,000 miles and loved it, but wanted a Touring Model. Bought ours in North Palm Beach from Earl Stewart Toyota. Great Internet folks to deal with and no administrative charges, just sales tax out the door. They may also discount off MSRP price, but if they won't, they threw in free, front/rear floor mats, tinted windows, and rear bumper protection cover. Great young salesperson Michael Lloyd, 561-844-3461. Enjoy!!! 8)
 

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Nightwind15 said:
The dealer gave me a Tom Tom so there you go.
I have the 2007 touring (bought it right as the 2008 was coming out so got a decent deal. I definitely enjoy the car -- except for the built in GPS. I find the controls non-intuitive and its display confusing. It seems determined to send me down every backwater road even if I'm right next to the highway on ramp. My wife has a Garmin street pilot for her car and I like it much better. Simple to use and accurate. Overall, I'd say your'e better off with the Tom Tom. However, love everything else about my Touring - especially the money I save at the pump.
 

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Well, thanks for all the responses - we ended up ordering a Red Touring #6. Got it from the commercial dept. and they gave us a really good price. Have to wait a week, but getting exactly what I want and was not able to beat the price even if I traveled! I checked prices all over the state. Can't wait!
 
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