2019 Prius Gaining Traction Just Weeks From Today

Discussion in 'In the News' started by xcel, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Some people will buy it. Most will go the default route ; any Subaru or an SUV. A Prius with decent tires , ABS , and traction control
    is almost unstoppable. Meaning.............it's hard to spin the front wheels. Of course , if there's more than five inches of snow on the
    road........ you're not living in a civilized area , lol.
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  2. Blackbelt

    Blackbelt Well-Known Member

    I find this a VERY tempting proposition, depending of course on the cost. I LOVE my Prius "C", and with 4 winter tires on it, i have gotten around in the snow pretty well. But AWD really helps on the hills around here in W.PA. My "C" has just under 50K miles on it, so it still has decent resale value. At the least i will probably drive one of the new AWD-e models and price it up. It will take a pretty strong deal to pry the keys to my "C" out of my hands though.
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  3. BillLin

    BillLin MASS: 2018 Bolt EV and 2017 Prime

    I wouldn't bother with an AWD Prius just for the slight assist on (mostly) forward motion. The Crosstrek plug-in and new RAV-4 hybrid are more my taste, despite the 20% mileage hit. I liked the Crosstrek enough to have owned one for a year, until sanity regained its hold and I used that as an almost lossless trade-in for my wife's Prime. Averaged low to mid 30's MPG-wise while I had the Crosstrek. The heated windshield wiper rests are something I wished all cars had. With AWD, I'd want the ground clearance for some of the dirt and pot-holed roads and unplowed roadways in my real estate sales region, especially if it were to be my only vehicle. A little towing would be nice, but not something I've done or needed in 30 years. I used to haul stuff in a trailer behind an '85 Supra. :D

    For now, it's the Prime with Continentals with the 3 peaks symbol, and the Bolt with new but untested all-season tread.
  4. priusCpilot

    priusCpilot George

    Wow you had an 85 Supra? What a great car! I had a few my self but now sticking to my 2 92' turbo cars. One I plan to build 1500+whp out of the 7M engine which is life goal lol. Was your 85 a P-Type with the fender flairs?
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  5. BillLin

    BillLin MASS: 2018 Bolt EV and 2017 Prime

    The '85 was 1 year before the model went turbo. I liked the naturally aspirated small straight six a lot.

    Back then, it wasn't that different from the Celica, hence Celica Supra. It's no where in the league of the follow-on models.
  6. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Heck , I thought the four-cylinder mid-80's Celica was GREAT. As far as I know , Toyota coined the term "liftback" for
    that car. Why don't they call the Prius something like Prius Liftback ? It would make sense if you have three or
    more Prius models.
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  7. BillLin

    BillLin MASS: 2018 Bolt EV and 2017 Prime

    I thought they (Toyota) did, for the Gen3 at least...
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  8. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    No matter what gimmicky renaming they coin, that doesn't keep a hatchback from being a hatchback. I have a more radical suggestion: Call substantially different models by different names, and tell the truth about body configurations. Calling the Prius station wagon a "v," and calling the hatchback hybrid Yaris a "Prius c" seems designed to confuse.
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  9. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    They were creating the Prius "family". A whole happy family of cars , one for every type of tree-hugger.
    I think cars should have names. Proud names , like Civic, Accord , Impala , Regal.
    Made-up names ( like most Toyotas ) are also okay , especially when you have 30 or 40 years ( or 50 for Corolla ).
    Certain huge automakers that we don't really have to name just change the name of the car whenever they start to get a bad
    CR rating. Some people are fooled.

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