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First off, gas mileage is awesome. Currently pay about $15-18 to fill the tank, depending on gas prices, and I can drive for 500 miles on one tank. Very smooth ride and not much road noise. I love the backup camera, though be aware that the 2010 backup camera doesn't have guideline markers on it like many do nowadays. Plenty of space in the hatchback area, you can really load it up which was a plus for me. My husband who is 6'1" complains that it's low to the ground and not as comfortable for him, but he drives an SUV so it's really not comparable. Overall a great little car, I had been a loyal Honda owner for almost 10 years, but now I'm happy to be part of the Toyota club!
I owned a hand-me-down 2005 Prius (first generation) for years and never had any problems with it. Shame on me for not doing sufficient research into the differences between the first and second generation Prii. It is a COMPLETELY different car. Do EXTENSIVE test drives with this car on several types of surfaces. The visibility in this car is so bad it feels unsafe: major blindspots. Virtually non-existent suspension; hits every bump like it was a pothole. Rattles like crazy, especially on rough road and at high speeds. Cheap plastic interior components. Poor turning radius. Deafening road noise. Worst of all, it gets nowhere near the gas mileage they claim; I have never gotten more than 40/45 miles on the highway, and never broken 30 city.
I was a little hesitant on becoming one of those "Prius drivers" nobody likes but it's really a great car. There's plenty of room for my 6'3" 230lb self, it's quiet, smooth, comfortable, maintenance free and has enough pep to get down the road. I also love the 50 mpg average I get on my 110 mile daily commute. It cut my fuel consumption in half.