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Old 15 Apr 2012, 08:26 am   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Prius C - Test Drive thoughts

On 4/15/2012 9:08 AM, DanielleOM wrote:
>
> After driving my 1999 Nissan Sentra SE (140HP) for 230K miles I am
> thinking about a new car. Prior to that I owned a Mazda 323, both with
> manual transmissions.
>
> From all of the cost to own data I can find it looks like the Prius C
> is one of the lowest cost cars to own on the market. After being
> affected by a restructuring at age 60, that factor is now very important
> to me. I have also found that I am still driving and putting miles on
> the car going to various networking events. The Nissan although
> performing well needs work to pass emissions, tie rod ends and ball
> joints. Luckily I have enough cash to purchase a new car.
>
> In many ways I thought the Prius C would fit my needs. However I am
> concerned by the lack of acceleration. I think got very used to being
> able to drop the Nissan down to a lower gear and quickly jockey myself
> the position I wanted to be in to merge into traffic.
>
> Any one go from a high HP car to a Prius? Have any difficulty with the
> reduced HP?
>
> I live in Connecticut. In practice I drive on lot of 2 lane country
> roads where passing is rarely done. But it's nice to know the HP is
> there when I need it.
>
>
> Danielle



Drove it. Lacks power. CVT constantly hunts, with significant hysteresis.

Couldn't recommend it, but can't compare it to other Prii.
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