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In love with my Prius C

Prius C

We drove home our newly leased a Prius C a few weeks ago. Two reasons we leased are that it’s a bit cheaper every month and technology may be vastly improved in 5 years so we might want another car then, preferably a totally electric one. Surprisingly my husband loves this car. He keeps stealing it from me to drive himself to work and play.

The Prius is awesome. I can’t believe how different hybrid driving is. We don’t even put a key in an ignition. There is no ignition hole. We just press a start button. When you park and turn the car off the car tells you how much the trip cost in gas. It costs around 25 cents worth of gas for me to drive to work.

It used to cost us $80-$100 to fill up the van. I would put in at least $20-$30 of gas in every week. That is with very limited driving. The Prius boasts an average gas costs as $780 a year. If I can keep my husband away from MY new Prius I think my gas usage will be closer to $500 a year. I don’t drive far.

Everyone that has driven in my car or have been given a tour are amazed. A few are making plans to get one in the future.

Now in my opinion hybrid cars have their faults and electric could be ideal when available affordably. Leasing my Prius is my way of supporting alternative, eco-friendlier vehicles.

“Toyota Hybrid’s give you both power and powerfully efficient performance. That’s because Toyota’s revolutionary Hybrid Synergy Drive is capable of operating in electric-mode only, gas-mode only, or a seamless combination of the two. The result is fantastic fuel efficiency—ideal in the city—and amazing acceleration and increased horsepower at highway speeds.”


And well hell, it’s a sexy new car that I love to drive!

I’ll post how much it costs to fill when we need to fill it.


I really haven’t been cognitive of gas prices. It wasn’t until I filled up my husband’s Toyota Prius Hybrid that I had a moment of understanding of how people who drive gas cars feel.
Alexandra Paul


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


6 thoughts on “In love with my Prius C

  1. My husband would love one of these as well. Maybe when it is time for a new car we will check it out.

    Posted by Susan | February 21, 2013, 7:03 am
  2. I own a Prius and I love how low-maintenance it is.

    Because it uses the electric motor to regeneratively brake the car fown to ~6mph before the disc brakes take over, the brake pads don’t get used very much so you will most likely never need a brake job until well after 150,000 miles. The transmission is a simple planetary gearset with no hydraulic-fluid torque converter, clutches or CVT pulleys and belts, so it will last darn near forever if you change the transmission fluid every 60,000 miles.

    After about 70,000 miles on my Prius, the only money I’ve spent on it are 14 oil changes, a new set of tires and a transmission fluid drain-and-fill, for a total of just $1200 of maintenance costs over 6 years. It is truly the lowest-cost-of-ownership car I’ve ever had. I love my Prius!

    Posted by JosephS | February 21, 2013, 8:11 am
    • How is your gas usage Joseph? We haven’t had to fill up yet and are pretty happy we still have over half a tank.

      Posted by stephanieough | February 21, 2013, 9:42 am
      • Mine is a 2007 (the bigger liftback version, second generation). I drive normally with it (70mph on my commutes on the highway). During the summer it’s easy to get 50mpg out of it, but during the cold winters when I had to run the heater full blast (which uses the gasoline engine to provide cabin heat), the mpgs drop down to 43 or so. Overall year-round average for me is 46mpg, which is pretty much in line with the EPA estimates for combined mileage.

        When time comes to retire my 2007 Prius (hopefully many years from now), I’m going to get another one. 🙂

        Posted by JosephS | February 21, 2013, 10:01 am


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