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Toyota Prius

Ordered a new Prius last Saturday. Dealer told me 8 weeks for delivery, which seems really fast to me.

Anyone else order one, and what did your dealer tell you for delivery?

Thanks!!
Jill
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  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    here's some news from our Future Vehicles Section: 2004 Toyota Prius Hatchback.

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    What do you think?

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  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    advancement from the current gen...the new A/C that can run with the gas engine off is crucial to fuel economy here in California...and the new one is cute too! :-)

    0.26 Cd - wow!

    Note: the '04 will be SULEV nationwide, but in California it will join a growing list of PZEVs. (partial-zero emission vehicles)

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    it is a ToyotA, not a ToyotO...any chance of changing the header?

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Thanks. Not sure how that happened, but it's been corrected.

    Revka
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Here are more details from the Toyota main website.

    I think the hatchback (or as Toyota refers to it "liftback") design will certainly add to the appeal. What do others here think?

    Revka
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  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    are definitely the most useful configuration! Makes for better Cd too.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    For a smaller car, the hatchback style works much better than a choppy sedan like the current Prius is...although I like it.

    The front end of the new Prius has a lot of G35 and Estima (modern Previa sold in Japan).
  • http://www.toyota.com/newprius
    that's the info from the PriusView (Toyota) newsletter and also from the 2004 Prius commercials that aired for a bit on TV...
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Thanks for the link. ;-)

    Revka
  • daley4daley4 Posts: 2
    Hi all, I am interested in the new Prius. I was wondering, I saw a commercial on TV last night that called the upcoming Prius a midsize? Has it grown in size? Would you say it's as big as the Camry or a Mazda, or is it still the size of a Corolla. Just curious, my wife likes them.
  • john1701ajohn1701a Posts: 1,897
    > or is it still the size of a Corolla

    Corolla isn't even the same size as the Corolla. It got much bigger last year, quite similar to the size of the old Camry. So mentioning year is vital. Also, my sister's 2003 Corolla (a "compact" makes my grandfather's 1999 Taurus "midsize" look tiny. So note that category measurements have grown too.

    The 2004 is notably larger than the 2003 Prius. It will be just a little bit smaller than the 2004 Camry in fact, making it similar in size to the 2004 Corolla... with the exception of cargo area, which will be *larger* than what even the Camry will offer since it's a lift/hatchback.

    JOHN
  • mikusmikus Posts: 109
    Nice XXI-century styling and engine setup. I would love to see Toyota mechanics inside nicer and more balanced Audi A2 aluminum shell.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    to both our Future Vehicles and Hatchbacks message boards. This means you will be now able to access this discussion from either one of these boards. Hope this is helpful.

    If you come across any other members that are interested in discussing the 2004 Toyota Prius, please tell them about this discussion. Here's the url: /direct/view/.ef169e3/16

    Thanks for your participation!

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  • gildgild Posts: 4
    Here's another article. http://www.wired.com/news/prius/handraiser.html#

    Finally a hybrid that's also practical. Any idea what the price might be?
  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    4-door hatchback=wagon. Could u also link this to the wagons board?
  • gildgild Posts: 4
    "Hatchback" means it has a liftback. I do agree there are some 4 door hatchbacks out there that look like wagons, but the new Prius does not look like a wagon to me. The slope in the back make is look more like a regular car. That may be another story once I see it close up.
  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    to tell hatchback from wagon, so I say 2-door with liftback=hatchback, 4-door with liftgate=wagon.
  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    I want LEATHER and I don't want to have to get it aftermarket. Toyota better improve the butt-ugly styling of the '04 Prius. At this point, hybrids are out for me, perhaps besides a used 01-03 Prius. I hate the Civic and Insight hybrids. And I dislike the RX330 and Escape coming hybrids.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    of BS-ing, if you ask me- when the Camry came out in 01 as an 02, they were saying that the new 4cylinder could joust the vehicle to sixty more than a second faster than the previous version, in the mid-nines. Now, the Prius is coming out, and the Camry takes mid-tens for the same task. Nice and deceptive, if you ask me, and I'm a Toyota fan.

    Backup? The Feb 03 issue of Car and Driver has the manual 4cly Camry running to 60 in 8.3 seconds. I hardly belive the automatic would add a full 2+ seconds to that time.

    Motor Trend last year posted similar numbers for a manual, and in the same test, got, I believe, 9.2 seconds for an automatic. A slightly heavier LE 4 auto with moonroof, airbags, etc in the April 03 MT ran 9.5 seconds.

    ~alpha
  • ksprisskspriss Posts: 1
    I don't know about sales, but looking on the road I see maybe one or two current Prius(es) on the road a week, versus maybe three or four Civic hybrids a day. Even as a Honda-Biased man, I admit the Prius has far superior technology, and I LOVE the hatchback idea, but Toyota has to get rid of the ugly, annoying, and just plain stupid interior. Didn't we already learn in the late 80s that digital dashboards are just a pain in the butt and nothing else? Small, offset numbers, which are hard to read, are paired with perhaps the biggest mistake to ever hit an automobile - the touchscreen. The Civic might get less MPG, but it has nice analogue gagues which are easy to read (still not as easy as a regular civic, though) and a simple radio/climate control system using knobs and no glitz.
    The original Prius' flaw was its ugliness and its horrendously difficult to read dashboard. Now I like the new exterior design, but shame on Toyota for keeping the same, idiotic interior design.
  • little_pogilittle_pogi Posts: 149
    There's a popular quote "one man's junk is another man's treasure" ot how about "it may be ugly or stupid to you but to me it's not". In southern California, I see more Prius on the road than Civic Hybrids. Maybe someone can provide official sales stats on Prius and Civic hybrids for the year 2003. Ultimately, it is the consumer(us) who decides if the Prius is indeed ugly or practical.
  • Here in Flagstaff AZ (pop. about 50K) I see at least 5 other Prius on the road in town, but rarely see a Civic hybrid. In our case, I think it has to do with dealer influence. When we were shopping we were told the HCH was special order only and the Toyota dealer had 4 Prius on the lot. We drove the Prius and loved it, we couldn't drive the HCH. Not a tough decision there.
    In the Yahoo Toyota-Prius group there is a couple who have one of each and like them about equally.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    how it looks in person - I think that as with many slab-sided Toyota cars of late, this one has the potential for the stock wheels to look too small in the wheel wells relative to the size of the side of the car. I hope I am wrong. I think in all other respects this one is worlds better than the first one. I especially like the keyless unlock and start option. That will come in various packages, the cheapest of which will be $1120 and include cruise and a couple of other things. So the car equipped the way I would like would cost $21,115 MSRP. Still no factory moonroof though, as far as I can see.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • boxfanboxfan Posts: 180
    nippononly - I agree that the stock wheels look too small in the pictures I've seen of the 2004 Prius. It looked much better as the concept car version shown at the NY Auto Show, with the oversized wheels. I've also noticed that the wheels look small in the current Camry. I certainly don't think this car could sell by looks alone, in fact the looks might keep me from buying one. I'm a big fan of hatchbacks, so in many ways this is the car I have been looking for (although I'd prefer a manual and I'll have to see if it's at all fun to drive), so it's a shame that it's so funny-looking. Maybe I'll like it better in person.

    I see more Priuses in St. Louis than Civic Hybrids, but the Prius has been for sale for several years longer, so you can't really compare. Anyone know the annual sales figures?
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    I really like the look of the Prius--it's very G35/Estima looking. Concerning the interior--I don't mind having something different...I don't want to think I'm driving just another economical vehicle ie Civic/Corolla.
  • little_pogilittle_pogi Posts: 149
    Estima is a minivan sold only in Japan. The old Toyota minivan prior to the Sienna, if I I'm not mistaken is called Estima in Japan. Interestingly, the Estima is one of 3 current Hybrid production models sold in Japan. Go to www.toyota.co.jp if you want to see how it looks like. Just just work or figure your way through the Japanese script.
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