Is It My Imagination. Being A Prius Owner Seems Almost Cult Like

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  1. Soba1

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    Seriously I have had my 2017 Prius 2 for only a week. I don’t know if it’s the newness or the novelty. But driving this car is a blast
    But Prius owners seem cult like
     
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    That description fits only some of us.

    There are many more Prius owners out there that don't fit that label. But this forum is the wrong place to find them. :cool:
     
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    It was definitely true with the release of the 2nd generation Prius. Prius Folks waving at each other & stuff. Now, the Pri has become just part of the ubiquitous Horizon. Nowadays If you want to be in the auto cult status, you have to get a 300 mile range EV.

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    I guess it depends on the era. I don't think later PRIUS is as much as earlier ones.

    Back in the '80s, it was almost a cult to drive one of these:
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    We had 2 (the 2 pictured above) - and all the Kombi/Microbus/Campervan drivers waved at each other.

    But if you had the newer one - it wasn't anything like as cult-like - particularly if it was Water Cooled - horror of horrors.
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    Even though, in most areas, they were the better vehicle.

    Conversely - going backward - these were horrid to drive, but certainly got more admiring looks:

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    Get a

    Comutacar
    HMV Freeway
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    g1 Insight

    if you want to feel more cult like
     
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    Huh - I know an Insight, though I've never seen one. What are the others?
     
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    JimboPalmer Tsar of all the Rushers

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    I have been choosing small, gutless station wagons with good fuel economy since I was 16.
    1963 Ford Falcon 2 door station wagon, 2.4l Six with 3 on the tree.
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    2001 Subaru Forester SUV/station wagon, 2.4l 5 speed
    2012 Toyota Prius v Three station wagon, 1.8l eCVT

    So it is not just a Prius cult
     
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    Nah ... we don't even know what Toyota owner's first name is :)
     
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    We have a neighbor that has an AMC Javelin
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    it was Joe. No wait - that was izusu.

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    I dont think toyota know what its name is.

    I thought it was toyoda :ROFLMAO:
     
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    Haven't seen one of them for many decades. Not common here at all even in the day.
     
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    A nice collection!

    If I were to summarize my 21st century driving experience, the Prius has proven to be the best value for money for my purposes. And it's a "c", not even the full size Prius liftback! The car that was supposed to replace the "c" turned out to be inadequate for the task - so much so that I terminated the lease 1K miles short and 8 months early. I also like larger Fords and the Corolla, and I have no place in my heart for any European brands.
     
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    .... not even the Corolla hybrid?
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    Lol (y)
     
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    Now that's a car............. (y)
     
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    Any group of auto enthusiasts can be considered cult-like by some...and the gang here are definitely 'enthusiasts'! (y)
     
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    As am I I took it on a curvy road at about 50 mph that puppy can hug the road. (y)
     
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    The word "cult" implies (a significant degree of) unmerited/misplaced/irrational admiration by a self-marginalized group. Most Prius owners are just reg'lar mainstream folks, who value a perfect combo of low TCO, high reliability, and lower environmental impact the Prius offers - without compromising on the capabilities or convenience of use vs. a pure ICE or EV of the same size.

    For the same reason you'd not call a "cult" a group of people who, let's say, like having a reliable, non-leaking, easy-to-use washing machine that saves you 50% off your energy and water costs vs. the industry standard.
     
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    Lol noted (y)
     
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    Nope nope...we are a cult to some. To ourselves, we are just fine...yes yes....just fine. o_O

    Seriously though....I fully understand your point. The C word has been argued about around here before ( especially in the..uhh...Tesla forum ). :whistle:

    That's why I like to use the work 'enthusiast', etc...
     
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