time for a new Prius ... or .... ?
We love our Prius -- a 2003, which was the second year they were available, I think. My husband drives that car.
But now it's time for ME to have a new car and pass the faithful Volvo on to the kidz. (A Prius and a Volvo: guess our politics! ;-) )
My first thought was just to get another Prius. I like the new ones with the hatchbacks and some other nifty features even better than ours, and I believe they get even better milage -- is that right?
But my husband reminded me that there are several other hybrids out there now (there were only the Prius and the 2 Hondas back then). Plus I was wondering how soon all-electric will be available; does anyone know? And I bet you all know about other fuel-efficient options.
Note: We do NOT need or want an SUV. In a few weeks we will be empty nesters, and we rarely tote huge loads. We live in Columbus, which is FLAT and although we get snow, it's not a snow-belt city. We never go off road. No long commutes to consider. It has been kind of nice having the larger Volvo for those few occasions when we need a lot of space, especially for storage, but that's not very often; we can always swap with a friend as we've done before or rent a car or van once every year or two.
Also: I know that there are many who will point out that the dollar savings aren't worth it. So I want to stress that although saving money is of course great -- esp. with gas now over $3.50 -- that is NOT the only reason we like a hybrid. We are concerned about the environmental costs, as well as the political costs, of reliance on oil. So please, please, don't turn this string into a long back-and-forth argument about the bottom-line dollar comparison of hybrids to lower-cost cars!
(And, yes, we are also going to try to walk, bike, and take the bus more, too.)
Thanks in advance for your recommendations, information, suggestions, and advice.