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22 September 2008 @ 09:11 pm
Car of the FUTURE  
So we got our 2009 Prius today. Dark gray with coordinating cloth interior. The feature tour took longer than the paperwork. Compared to my venerable old Chevy Cavalier, the Prius is a space shuttle.

It has a big round power button, making me feel like I'm driving seriously upgraded Power Wheels.

It's quiet.

The console is a touch-screen computer with audio and climate controls on the steering wheel. The car automagically maintains the temperature you select and unlocks the doors when your key fob is nearby. I'm not concerned about the integrity of the electronics involved because Toyota has a well-earned reputation for quality. We also have a full 7-year warranty.

The storage space is smartly designed, with a variety of convenient compartments all over the car. Underneath the flat, carpeted trunk floor, you'll find copious utility space for tools and emergency stuff. Up front? A double decker glove compartment, spacious center console with a line in to the stereo (great for stashing my iPod on trips), and even a pocket for sunglasses near the rear view mirror.

It handles responsively and well, similar to the Corollas my parents had when I was first learning to drive. There's a definite learning curve to the interface. I don't always press the Power button authoritatively enough to start the car. The backup camera is awesome, but it feels weird to be looking at the console instead of way over my shoulder. This will all be second nature soon. New owner LOLWUT hasn't worn off yet.

So far - A++++ WOULD BUY AGAIN.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: Counting Crows - Einstein on the Beach
Andreaasd109 on September 23rd, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
As a fellow Prius owner--do NOT rely on the backup camera instead of looking over your shoulder. It's not meant to replace a real look, it just gives you additional information (stuff low to the ground you wouldn't see or helpful for backing out of a space between 2 SUVs) but the camera has a much smaller range than your eyes do.

But congrats! The Prius will ruin you for other cars!
The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on September 23rd, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
Thanks for the very apt warning. I may not have worded that clearly enough. I do look over my shoulder as well. Mainly, I'm trying to get the hang of using both views together without taking half a century to pull out of a space.
aitai on September 23rd, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
sounds amazing...like it might have a flying option, too. yay jetsons!
MidnightRanter: Geekmidnightranter on September 23rd, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
hrrrm, big button, lots of computers. NEVER let me ride in it, I'll end up shutting it down accidentally. Ask Zer about my. . . .abilities/curse with complex computers.
Chroma Keychromal on September 23rd, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
sweetness. The prius would be on the short list if I were to buy a new vehicle today. I'll be curious to see what sort of mileage you get out of it!

I'm still driving my 98 Civic hatchback. It's got about 185000 on it miles, now. Yay for Japanese automotive design and engineering.