The fact is, however, that if you are really interested in saving the environment and gas, a regular subcompact is a much better choice. Older subcompacts such as the Geo Metro, some Honda Civics, the Toyota Tercel, and so on actually got equal or better gas mileage, often above 50 mpg. There is also no electric motor or batteries to mess with, so they are cheaper and easier to fix. These reliable little cars are so cheap to buy and maintain today that it is ridiculous to claim a new Prius saves money.
They also have zero environmental impact, since the are already manufactured. In addition, hybrids' gigantic battery packs full of lead, toxic heavy metals and acid, screw the environment so badly that some people have calculated that a Hummer H3 has less environmental impact.
Also, conventional cars can be hundreds of pounds lighter without the batteries. Performance (and fuel economy) is improved. There is also more room/fewer ugly bulges/ lower aerodynamic profile without a battery pack.
However, this will not convince the liberals who only want to LOOK like they are on the right path.
Liberal nerd who knows something about cars: Dude, my 1992 Honda Civic VX gets 60 mpg, and it looks better even though it's 17 years old. I bought it for $500 and I can do all the maintenance myself. It can also dust your battery pack on wheels.
Nerd 1: Hey, it's worth it for the status it gives me.
Baz: Twat. Get a real car.
Owners of the Toyota Prius think they are better than everyone else who ever lived just because they have the finacial means and/or desire to purchase this car.
All owners should shut up and stop talking about how good their stupid little flaming car is and focus on other things.
Not to mention, Foreign cars are helping to destroy America
Normal Person: The economy is so bad I can barely afford to own my '92 Ford.
YUPPIE(condescending tone): I also am helping the environment, what are you doing?
Normal Person: Trying to not go bankrupt!!!!
Person 2: Was it white?
Person 1: Yeah why?
Person 2:sorry i flattened it with my hummer because it looked like an oversized rodent and/or a wedge of cheese