bought a gen 2 Prius from my girlfriend, yes I do feel guilty now, it is a 2009 in just great condition. 144K on the car. I knew nothing of the depth of engineering revealed in the Prius, honestly living here in New Hampshire in wooded hills it has always seemed to me that electric vehicles were doomed to drag their heavy battery weight up all of these inclines, that the deep cold winters would severely shorten battery life. I hadn't considered Hybrid cars, because I never understood how they worked in the first place. What a revelation the Prius is, & it has been around for so long. I never knew what I was missing. They like it cold as compared to hot. Regenerative braking can pull back a considerable amount of useable energy. Maintaining momentum with electric motor energy, is incredibly efficient. I am getting 42.3 on my first 400 miles of driving. I am a driver that loves taking on distraction while driving, and the Prius really delivers. If you more seasoned Prius pilots remember your first times encountering the control surfaces and driving concept of the Prius, well for me personally it was quite striking. You plug in the fob. You push the starter button while footing the brake. You shift with a keg dispenser knob. Looking at the display, it is like an arcade game; there is text to read at 5 different distances from the eye so hunting around this display area wearing progressive lenses, you wouldn't think it to be a big deal - it is though something to get used to. I am always watching the clock, for instance as part of my driving form. The car display clock is easier to see than my phone, but it is at a different point to focus on than the speed display which is a different distance by far than the energy display which I am on like a cat on a laser dot, all of the time. Oh & then there's the road. Tailgaters are a constant annoyance and threat. In 400 miles driving, thus far I've had a truck that I had been monitoring in the rearview (if they are tailgating, there's really not much you can do but accelerate to increase distance) lock up its brakes, & my brake lights work just fine by the way, if there's someone in front of you, you can't run from the guy behind you. When driving in my F-250, I reach up to the rearview mirror and turn it 90 degrees which is clearly visible to the tailgater, they see my signalling to them that they are on their own, but the Prius has a tinted rear hatch so they can't see me. Remember wondering what is "B" gear? ( I know now, somewhat ) I went through so many amazing, fun newbie discoveries in the previous 400 miles, and the overall experience has me wondering at the fact that the car was ever approved for driving in the United States in the first place. It is cool though, and I am quickly becoming used to it. I've had dozens of vehicles & 400 miles into it, the Prius gen 2 is my favorite ever, hands down no contest. I am on the lookout for a second Prius to put a lift kit on so that I can stance kit this one. Maybe put a Prius powerplant into a houseboat. If New Hampshire Prius people (or anybody) want to shout out it would be great to say hello. I will be doing a battery swap some time this summer, perhaps we could do a battery swap-fest with steamed clams. We just need to celebrate the brilliance that is the Toyota Prius, the quality and depth of engineering, the comeradery and we need to use it as a platform to explore new solutions both to its form & function. Long Live & Preserve The Prii !!