Hi everyone, I'm new to Prius Chat, I have my own company and I'm in the Oilfield business. I build Electronic Controls and Data Acquisition systems for the sevice side ofthe oilfield. Due tothe economy condition, I had to shrink my business a lot and accordingly a lot of other personal spending. I've been driving Lexus since 2001 and when things went down, I had to down size a lot and I started with a Honda CR-v EX-L with NAV and after driving it for a little over a month I decided that if I'm going to drive something gutless, I might as well drive something that would be good on gas. So, I went to test drive the Prius and for my surprise, I set it on power and I got to 75 MPH in a surprisingly short time that really exceeded all my expectaions for the Prius. After we got back to the dealer, the salesman asked if I need to try the Camry Hybrid ( I bought 6 Toyota vehicles from this dealer during the last 12 months ) and my reply was no, I made up my mind. I asked him to get me a Prius V with NAV and technology packages and he said that I might have to wait for a very long time as the V generally is a rare find in our region. Then when I talked to the sales manager, he confirmed what the salesman said but he also told me that they have a V in the back that they just got and were keeping it for one of their best customers. Anyway, wheather it was true or not, I asked him to look at it. I did and it surprised me even more than the IV with the ride and the handling and I bought it. First I was really worried about me liking it but I had it now for a week and I'm really in love with this car. I live a bout 130 miles away from the dealer, I drove the V home and I didn't even try to be saving on gas in the way I drove, I floored it at least 5 times to pass and still got 47 MPG by the time I got home. The perfomance was beyond my expctations, it handled very well. I can't compare it with the Lexus LS460 but from someone who was used to the lexus to admit that the Prius is a great car, I think that is something to tell people who tries to put the Prius down. Thanks to everyone.