My Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle
This is a terrific car! Not only can it get 50 miles per gallon, it pollutes the air less than any other vehicle except for a totally electric one. It achieves this remarkable feat by being a hybrid - it has both a gasoline engine and an electric motor. The gasoline engine is used to power the Prius and to power a generator that charges the batteries, so you don't have to plug it in - ever. Also, when you coast or brake, some of the momentum of the car is captured to charge the batteries. For more details, see the excellent Prius Page at How Stuff Works. The Prius is also Very Fun to drive!
If you have $US20,000 to spend on a vehicle, you have no excuse to not buy this car unless you habitually carry more than 4 adults or really do need a truck. It's a normal compact car, sizewise; it comfortably seats 4 adults and has plenty of trunk room. I'm 6' 2" and can sit in the back seat with the front seat all the back and my knees do not touch the seat in front of me. It handles well and has plenty of acceleration.
This is the wave of the future. If you have ever declared yourself to be concerned about the environment, this is the car for you. Test drive one at your local Toyota dealer and you'll be hooked.
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