I was surprised too with how much space is in a Prius, especially legroom in the front and back. I wish people would calculate the payoff period for their fuel savings over 100k miles or the life of the car instead of 3-5 years... plus, the prius will hold it's value well for when you decide to sell it.
I've been playing with my driving style while driving to work ...
Correct, the Prius is NOT small.
My friend has a Honda Accord(?), the bigger type whatever it is. It looks bigger than the Prius, but back seat leg room is a bit wanting for me, and head room is not enough (sitting up straight, my head can touch!). I'm 5'-10".
Plenty of room in the back too.
I don't think its fair to compare a Prius to a Yaris or Geo Metro or Golf or that new goofy little Fiat.
They are not in the same class.
Point taken on the MPG, but comparing a Caddy to a Yaris To a Suburban will depend on who wants it for what.
I am getting a hair under 60MPG lately, but like I said, the way I usually have to drive it is not condusive to the MPG it is capable of getting. One better day, it was up closer to 70MPG.
"I've been playing with my driving style "
Me too. Go figure!
There is this one long fairly steep hill (by local standards) that I go up ~5 times a day.
Trying to get the best MPG, going up slow and easy, easy acceleration, stays bouncing around 11~13MPG.
Was in a big hurry a few times. Hard accelleration, nothing slow and easy about it, and it dropped down to maybe 7~8MPG for a couple seconds, then up to about 18~21MPG the whole rest of the way.
Another long steep hill I travel a few times a day.
If traffic is slower than 35~40MPH, it gets 20~25MPG going up.
If traffic is faster or not in my way, at 45MPH it gets 28~32 going up.
Not at all what I expected.