Off-road Prius

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Main Forum' started by robtmcr, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. robtmcr

    robtmcr New Member

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    Well, not really off-road..., but the question has to do with Prius toughness.

    May favorite fishing spot requires that I drive over several miles of gravel road, some of it wash-boards, some ruts from wash-outs, and so on. I drive these roads carefully. My intention is to get to the fishing, not to come back with macho dirt streaks back of the wheel wells.

    Does anyone have to drive in less-than-ideal conditions? What's your experience?
    Thank you,
    Bob

    (FN: 1400 miles, 53 mpg; best trip, 64.2)
     
  2. faith2walk

    faith2walk Upgraded again

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(robtmcr @ Mar 29 2007, 01:44 PM) [snapback]414260[/snapback]</div>
    Sure do, and you can treat it just like any other car!!

    I drive alot...I bought my prius 13 months ago and have 96k miles on it already.

    My driving takes me everywhere, and I live in michigan, so the roads go from dry to rainy to gravel to muddy, and quite frequently.

    You should have no problems going fishing, but remember, it's a compact car with very little clearance...NO REAL OFFROADING!!!!!

    The type of tires and suspension you have will make some difference, but with gravel/dirt and driving a non-4x4, your speed is the biggest difference. Too fast and you could lose control and destroy the struts (and lots of other things) if you hit a big hole.

    Good luck and happy drivin'!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  3. Squint

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    It's time for someone to write a Prius Outdoes Hummer in Offroad Performance article.
     
  4. iaowings

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    I go hiking and some of the campsites and start points are off on dirt roads. Sometimes I borrow my friend’s 4x4 to get to the really good spots that no car is going to get to.

    If you drive carefully the prius will handle some dirt roads with ease. The high torque really helps.
     
  5. dandeman

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    Power (to climb hills) and traction (on surfaces that any non 4x4 vehicle is capable of handling) will not be a problem..

    You do have to watch the low clearance...

    I have both a Prius and Toyota 4Runner 4x4 so have experience with both..

    I've pulled up 15% grades with no problem in the Prius..

    Here's a pic from a trail road off US 50 across Nevada we drove in the Prius..[attachmentid=7210]

    and the 4Runner is here... http://home.4x4wire.com/deddleman/
     

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    If you look up Rampard Range Rd in Colorado. It changes from gravel to washed out dirt road... then to snow and then ice.

    The Prius handles all of these with ease ( for a car )

    There was only 1 time a truck out did me. I was going up a steep grade of iced over road. A jeep passed me when the trac wouldn't let me go any farther up the hill. As the jeep passed me, he slid sidewards into a tree. I wasn't too impressed. If i was trying reverse, or the power was from the back, i would have had better acceleration.
     
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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(bulldog @ Mar 31 2007, 01:49 AM) [snapback]415398[/snapback]</div>
    That is pretty cool have always had jeeps now have the prius to help on gas savings and low co so that is very interesting
     
  9. tagnew

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    Yes the Prius does just fine with bad roads- I've got 10 miles to traverse before I see any pavement. But...The one time my wife took the car, she managed to bust a tire on a pothole in town. $200 and a week later after waiting for the tire to be delivered to the dealer (this is a Touring '07 loaded) I realized the biggest limitation of the car on bad roads is the tires. No tire dealer could come up with the tire- this was December, hopefully that has improved. So I drive even more carefully now on the gravel, wary of another exorbitant tire saga. And forget about driving on the "spare"- that is one of the worst insults in the car world. The car looks like it is on crutches. The car itself does just fine on bad roads- tight, comfortable ride, good traction, but is limited by the tires.
     
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    The Prius can pretty much handle anything you can throw at it with the exception of deep mud or ruts. I drive my Prius everywhere, having cleared many different types of terrain from back-wood trails to bumpy mountain gravel roads. This little beast of a car knows no boundary. An all-weather tire is the only modification I'd recommend. You shouldn't have any issues with snow or iced roads since it is front wheel drive. So with that in mind the only limitation you can expect is your own driving abilities.
     
  11. tanglefoot

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    I find the 2nd-gen to be pretty rough-and-tumble. We're in the process of moving "to the sticks" and it does really nicely on the moderately severe washboard and fairly sticky mud around the new place. I also find it does nicely on the mountain roads--I have some friends with a pretty gnarly driveway up there and it has no problem. I've also used it to do a little contract work on a mine property--had to choose lines carefully due to ground clearance, but it otherwise held its own. The 3rd-gen doesn't seem as rugged to me as the 2nd gen.
     
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    The ground clearance on the prius is less than most cars (by design, to reduces the drag coefficient) so be careful of those potholes and washboards)
     
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    This company makes lift kits for all prius models
     
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