So I tried to convince my nephew to buy a prius...

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  1. Ashlem

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    Long story short, I tried to convince my nephew to get a prius. He did consider them, but the used ones were only a couple thousand cheaper than a new one, or had really high miles, like 90k+, which probably isn't good for a car that's only 2-4 years old.

    He test drove a Corolla S and a Civic LX, ultimately deciding on a Civic EX due to the extras in it (moonroof, 7 inch touchscreen, alloy wheels, and keyless entry/push button start) and we talked the dealer down to a little above $20k, which was also his limit.

    So I guess what I'm trying to say here is that it's still really difficult for the general public to overcome the stigma with hybrids, either their price, looks, or performance, real or perceived. Sure, there's the Prius c, but he's a bigger (not taller) guy, and felt a little cramped inside it. And the cheapest liftback, even with massive haggling that somehow worked, was still a few thousand above what he could/wanted to pay.

    I really hope the Gen 4 knocks it out of the park, in making the mpg vastly better, or slightly cheaper. We all know that the prius gets excellent gas mileage, but it's hard to convince someone to spend $22-30k on a car when they could just buy a gas guzzler that gets 30-35 mpg combined for $15-20k, and use the money saved by just buying more gas. Especially if said cars are "more fun to drive".
     
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    seems like when you're buying used, they're expensive, and when you're selling, they've depreciated too much. hard to figure. one car is not gonna take over sales, i don't expect a major shift with the gen IV. you can't go wrong with a civic.
     
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    You are such a psychic
     
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    You are such a psychic,how do you do it
     
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    I would not argue with his decision to buy a Civic. I think he made a good decision. Fine car.
     
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    it's not easy being me.
     
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    if not for 52 miles driven everyday, I was leaning towards Civic too.
    I did need the backup camera, which was standard in civic.
    In the end the year end discounts, helped me pick Prius Three.
     
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    I just bought my first hybrid - 2015 prius 5. I've had 4 acura TL's in a row. I've been looking at a hybrid for several years. I looked long and hard at several used prius at CarMax but they were way over-priced. So I went with new. And I am very happy!
     
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    Haha, "buy low, sell high" only applies to the dealerships. While I completely understand why they need to do that in order to stay in business, it doesn't stop people from poking fun at them for buying your car for $8,000, then selling it for $18,000. Or maybe $17,995 if you're stubborn and haggle enough.

    I didn't argue with my nephew on the civic. It really was a nice car, and I kept telling him that he should buy a car he would enjoy for at least 5-10 years. With their increasingly improved fuel economy (shame their hybrids aren't nearly as good as Toyota's, or we'd be seeing more of them), and nice bells & whistles for $20k-ish (I was surprised the moonroof was standard an EX, which is sort of the mid-grade for civics, whereas on a prius it's only available as an expensive add-on for higher trims), I can see why people would rather just buy a non-hybrid econo-car when they're looking to get the best bang for their buck.

    I just hope he can park his car in his parent's garage, and to get some wheel locks, as those OEM alloy wheels look nice, and he does live in a rougher part of the city, so would hate to see them get stolen. I guess I should also tell him to invest in some snow tires ASAP, unless he wants to slip and slide around come wintertime.
     
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    There's a lot more to a hybrid than just fuel economy. It is not just an econobox exactly like a civic except with better mileage.
     
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    I don't know how old your nephew is - but I have a feeling the demographic under the age of 25 aren't too appreciative of owning something like a Prius. When I was 25 I wanted some style as opposed to efficiency. I got a Civic sedan.
     
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    I was driving our previous 06 Civic Hybrid Monday..., it really feels less "civilized", maybe because the miles are accumulating (around 170,000 km's). It's a bit noisier, the suspension coarser, the gas pedal coming off idle touchier. Maybe be the latter makes the car feel more responsive?
     
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    I bought a Prius for one reason only... to save gas. My other choices were a Mini Cooper or used Porsche Boxster, but only because I desired something a bit sportier and exciting. I think the reality is that people buy a Prius for two main reasons, it's economical (gas, maintenace, etc.), and it's enivronmentally friendly. People don't buy the car primarily for design, comfort, speed, handling, status, etc. And everyone is different. I don't fault your nephew for buying the Civic, good for him. Maybe when he hits 50 he might decide to consider a Prius. ;)
     
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    ''You can lead them to water, can't make them drink'',,,,, My daughter had a BMW X5 that was getting old and had several expensive repairs and I attempted to have her get a new Prius. Went so far as to give her $10K to offset the price of a new car. She drove one and liked it---- ended up buying an Accord EX,,, ''Daddy, I just LOVE this Honda''. Oh well,, she is Daddy's baby girl. As someone said above--- hard to go wrong with a new Honda. She has doubled the mpg of her BMW, I doubled the mpg of my previous RX350.
     
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    Congratulation, doctor, on your new Prius! What color is it?
     
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    Our 2006 Prius is the first car that didn't require brake work before 100,000. In fact, at 120,000 the dealership inspected the brakes and said "They look new". It was much easier purchasing the 2014 Prius after owning the 2006. It isn't as sexy as the Civic I suppose, but I couldn't imagine not having all the space for hauling stuff that we do in the Prius.
     
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    And that constitutes a brake inspection?

    Just for starters, there are pins supporting the calipers, and allowing the calipers to shift laterally, stay centered on the disk. They've got a lubricant that can dry up, seize the caliper. Hopefully your dealership does more than just "look".
     
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    Your wallet will thank you the sooner you get into the hybrid.

    People buy the heck they want. Based on looks, price and other factors. They trade their vehicles like changing their socks and they're careless about loosing money, and let alone saving on gas.

    The civic is a great vehicle, however it's too generic for my taste, and it's on the pricey side. If going too generic, there are cheaper vehicles out there...
     
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    Actually, we bought our Prius primarily for comfort and cargo space. Economy and environment were factors, but lower on the list.
     
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    HEHE, the Prius is neither comfortable nor spacious :D
     
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