2004 Toyota Prius User Reviews
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Prius is an interesting car, but not cost effective over a 5 year / 100,000 mile scenario. Compare to Corolla:
MSRP (if you can get it) 20,295 to 13,570 = 6,725
Tax savings at 28 % bracket over remaining 3 years of deduction 840.
Actual fuel use 2083 (100,000 / 48 realistic) verses 2857 (100,000 / 35 experienced) = fuel saving of 774 gallons over 5 years
Insurance 35 less for Prius per 6 months
Results: 6,725 - 840 - 350 = 5,535 not counting interest on loan over 5 years. Divide 5,535 by 774 gallons difference and if gas doesn't average 7.15 a gallon, you have lost money. Add the number of shops that can provide service and availability of parts and I'll stay with the Corolla. There are many reasons to buy a Prius, but I don't think economy is one of them.
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