(Part 1) By way of reference, since retiring we’ve been doing a lot of road trips. Our almost-complete goal is to visit someone or something in every US state and Canadian province you can get to by car. Most of this has been in our Gen1 Prius, this was the first trip in our Gen5. It was a Thanksgiving trip starting in Denver with family stays in Atlanta, Orlando, DC, and Connecticut, then back to Denver: a bit over 5200 miles. Hence, I’m comparing to a very old Prius. I have nothing but good things to say about my Gen1, it was the embodiment of Toyota reliability. I bought it new and 20 years and 220,000 miles later it went to a nephew who now drives it nearly daily. While most notes are uniquely about the Gen5, some things are pretty standard features in many new cars now. I thew in a few fun things too. Here are the big things we’ve noticed: Ride Comfort: Fantastic. My Gen1 wasn’t bad, my wife’s Gen 3 Prius V was pretty uncomfortable for long trips, but this Gen5 is great. Driving days ranged from 6-12 hours and we were comfortable the whole time without any issues. Potholes and road maladies were noticeable, but I’m struggling with tire pressure settings right now, so running 2-8 lbs high which is probably not helping. Hot vs Cold and altitude changes make it weird to know where to be. Cabin Noise: Wind and road noise are so much quieter than my Gen1! Talking is so much easier and we don’t need to shout as much. Engine noise is better too, though not as dramatically. We hit some rough roads that needed shouting over, but on decent roads it wasn’t an issue. The big difference is safety alarms. None in the Gen1 unless you forgot to put on your seatbelt. For the Gen5 there are dozens going off for one reason or another for most of the drive. For the most part I begrudgingly admit they are useful, but it is a lot. I know I can disable most of them if I want to too.