For all the skeptics who think the Prius is a "wuss" of a car: My husband and I and another couple took my Prius for a 7,475 mile drive in 29 days to eight National Parks--packed with a month's worth of clothes for four as well as snacks and the usual stuff one packs to take a month hiking and sight-seeing trip. This Prius took us over the Continental Divide numerous times in Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Arches and Canyonlands without a strain; hugged the curves on Going-to-the-Sun Road and Beartooth Highway;zipped us through small towns and large cities. Even with the load, we averaged 46 mpg. See why I lovemyprius05! I owned two Avalons and two Cressidas in the years before the Prius and, needless to say, had some reservations about the "small" Prius myself. However, I overcame my trepidation because I wanted to make a statement about oil dependence and the environment. Haved learned there is nothing miniature about this Baby.