I'm considering buying a used Gen II Prius. In my introduction thread the topic of short commutes came up. I commute about 6 miles to school every day. In two years I'll be done with that but still intend on driving my car locally. I did some searching here and on Google and most people who have short commutes are worried about their gas mileage. As long as the gas mileage is still substantial (doesn't drop below, say, 18mp, which I seriously doubt it would based on what I've read about Prii) I don't really mind that I'm not getting a super high MPG. What I would be worried about is engine/battery wear. Yes, I know that short commutes are rough on any car. But I don't want to go to a dealership with a dead battery in three years and have the mechanic tell me "you moron, no wonder it's dead, you only drove it for 7 miles at a time." Here's a quote pulled from another site: So, is this a legitimate concern? I like the Prius - I like that it's green, it's modern, it's popular, it seems to be comfortable and reliable, and most people who own them seem to be madly in love with them. So if I'm told that short commutes won't damage the car (remember, we're not taking mileage into account here) then it sounds like it might still be a top contender for me. Advice?