Update 21 April ’12, too early AM: The comments below were so helpful I added a link to this piece on the DKos open science thread. Now, you’re all going to be marked as subversives …
Toyota Prius CMSRP: $18,950 – $23,230
Invoice: $18,003 – $21,625
Fuel Economy: 53 mpg City, 46 mpg Highway
Surprised? We are a little. While it is true that hybrid sales are tracking 35% or so higher in the first quarter of this year, compared with last year, we were still a little surprised to see the newest member of the Prius family selling so fast.
We wondered when Toyota first showed the Prius C if it was answering a true market need or niche. But people really like the smaller version of the most popular hybrid in the land.
Not sure why this would be surprising. It’s affordable, it gets fantastic mileage, and being a Toyota the Prius C is probably durable and reliable. Unless I come into an unexpected run of economic luck, I’m going to test drive this little car and see if it makes sense for my next vehicle. One of the few things that might hold me back is thinking about the technology learning curve that could be in the works, with everything from motors to batteries.
The wingnuts will hate it though, the Prius C makes Republican Jesus cry, even if they find some dig at US unions in there somewhere, because it’s no Canyanero.