Coming from a 2006 Ford Focus that was costing more in monthly maintenance than a car payment, it was like driving a luxury car off the lot. The electric motor is virtually silent and the ICE engine is barely noticeable when it comes on. The steering, though lacking a bit of road feel, is accurate and effortless to turn. The AC is ice cold on the hottest of days and the heater is blazing hot.
The best feature, however, is the immense amount of safety features that come standard (!) on the car. Lane Departure Monitoring, 360-degree collision warning, tire pressure sensors, blind spot monitors, and even Radar Adaptive Cruise Control and Automatic Parallel Parking. There are BMW’s sold at twice the price that don’t have those features.
The driving experience is a bit dull (c’mon, it’s still a Prius) and the styling is pretty hideous, but the car is very maneuverable and comfortable on long drives. This is easily one of the best car values available today.
|EPA Classification||Mid-Size Cars|
|MPG/MPGe||50 Highway / 54 City|
|Engine||Gas/Electric I-4 1.8L/110 cu in|
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
|Overall Crash Safety Rating||5 / 5 Stars|