got rid of the rubber bladder gas tank and went with a more conventional fuel tank . Must be many previous PRIUS owners complained of the the long , inaccurate fills that made it difficult to get your gas mileage and match to computer . The '07 PRIUS we owned was a big pain to fill all year round . May have to reconsider getting another in a year or 2 . :- )
Looks the same to me except front end. If it is not a plug in hybrid and have extended range batteries it's not worth it IMO.
When driven responsibly, my '08 Prius rental got 48.0 mpg over a mix of city and hilly highway driving.
When I drove it hard (rapid acceleration and A/C use), the mileage dropped to 39.
For the initial purchase price and the fuel economy that it delivers, the Prius is a decent value. However, it is a matter of whether or not you can live with the poor driving experience.
we would get mileage in the mid 30's during the coldest days of winter . During warmer days would get around 49 miles per gallon overall . Managed 99.9 m.p.g. after a fillup at east end of town into our garage on the other end of town . Hit lights just right and very little traffic through the heart of city/town . Was fun to drive due to the computer and the who would get the better mileage . She could never top that . :- )
I like the new styling. Now the Honda-Toyota hybrid wars will start. When fuel goes back to $3-4 per gallon everyone will want one. So, now is a good time to get one as the price will only get higher as the US dollar sinks.
we should see prices drop as more hybrids hit the market . Thing is may see gas powered vehicles trade in value drop as more hybrids are on the streets . So , it's a bit of a wash . May want to consider getting a hybrid within a few years due the most likely decline in trade / resale value . It's a cr*p shoot .