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Safety features are good.
Low gas consumption with acceptable features and comfort while the price is the lowest.
Low maintenance cost.
Not a Sedan.
Able to drive more than 80 MPH and drive up hills. Horse power requirement is enough
but not excessive so car price and gas cost are kept low.
Beget: $21,100 and more
Best value among any cars with > $19,000 price tag.
Key points that Prius wins the recommendation:
Best mileage per
gallon among all the passenger cars. The 2008 EPA rating is 48 MPG city
and 45 highway.
Most spacious hybrid
specialty car. The space inside feels like Accord or Camry - it is a
The cheapest hybrid car ($21,100 MSRP, 2008 model).
With standard features available only in high-end cars like BMW and Benz. Prius
standard features are:
Side air bags,
remote key-less entry, remote illuminated alarm (panic button),
push button to start engine,
screen display of instant MPG, A/C and radio message,
electronic display of speed/fuel, ..., etc.
Cars come with those features and comforts already worth more than $21,100. Prius
gives you a big bounces - best gas saving.
Hatchback with 4-door structure which allows easy access to back seat (compare to
2-door) and loading big items from back door (compare to sedan structure). After the back seats are put to flattened,
the back door to the back of the front seat is a complete cargo area.
Top quality design and top quality important parts that can minimize the cost for
The iridium spark-plugs in Prius can last for 10 years - no turn-up and changing of
spark-plugs needed, although Toyota may not recommend so.
Power regenerative braking recycle kinetic energy that may add longer life to
the installed ABS brakes when brakes are apply lightly.
Partial zero emission engine exempts California DMV smog check at least until
January 1, 2010.
10 year manufacturer's hybrid battery and power train warranty protects you
from high repairing cost.
Beget: $13,950 to $19,000
Best value among cars with $13,000 to $21,100 price tag.
Key points that Fit wins the recommendation:
One of the most gas saving passenger cars in non-hybrid category. The 2008 EPA rating is 27
MPG city and 34 highway.>
A mini-wagon with 4-door structure which allows easy access to back seat
(compare to 2-door)and loading big items from back door ( compare to sedan structure).
After the back seats are flattened, the back door to the back of the front seat is a complete cargo area.
Has power steering/windows, A/C, AM/FM/CD and side air bags as standard.
Has top quality design and top quality important parts that can minimize the cost for
[Sedan looks cute. Hatch back or wagon is ugly.]
Beauty is in the eye of beholder, it
is not constant from person to person, time to time. We consider having
extra capability with no extra cost is beautiful. Sedan car structure
wastes the space above the trunk and limits big items to be put inside.
Getting a hatchback or wagon structure does not cost more.
[Cars recommended here does not have the house power.]
Over horsepower for what? It is not needed in daily life. Cars recommended here are good for
camping and long distance travelling already. Over speeding and reckless driving invite
accidents and citations. The money you save is much more than enough
for renting a specialty car. Both cars recommended here are capable of
accelerating to 80 MPH quickly.
[Prius is intentionally make to be geeky and ugly in shape as well as the
dashboard.] Prius' structure is very understandable for product engineers. The external
shape is an aero-dynamic effort to lower air resistance in high speed.
Deeply indented dashboard provides non-glared and clearer views under
sunlight - it is the force of the nature that shapes it and we follow
the law of nature for our advantage.
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