The 2001-2003 Prius is remarkably nimble and manueverable, the features I
prized in the Lotus and sorely missed in the Nissan 300ZX. Dunno about the
current version. I despise automatic transmissions, so I had reservations
about the "ECVT" of the Toyota Hybrid System. Boy, was I surprised! The
accelerator calls up power with supernatural smoothness and predictability.
I hate the way automatics always seem to be in the wrong gear or downshift
when I didn't want them to - never an issue with the THS. I drove it once
and fell in love.
People are always stereotyping me and ascribing motives according to their
preconceptions when they find I not only own a Prius, I love it. I am not a
liberal, I am a Reagan Republican. I am also a minor motorhead (I have a
brother who is a major motorhead, so I know the difference!) I know what I
like, and this is it. Now when I have to drive a conventional vehicle,
especially one with an automatic tranny, I wonder, "what is all the
'vroom-clunk, vroom-clunk' about?" The irony is that now my wife has it and
I have her Volvo wagon with an automatic... vroom-clunk. :-(
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