Yup, that was a photo of the new model Fiesta- ooops. I still think it's cute.
I don't know anyone who has a new model Prius. Everyone is still driving their older model Prius. To me, that speaks volume. Only one person so far has had to replace their battery but non-hybrid cars have routine maintenance that is required too so I don't get what the big deal is about a battery and the guy who had to replace his drives his car into the city every day for the last 5 years he has had the car so my bet is he's way over 100,000 miles. What do intake manifolds cost these days... easily 3k. If you own a car long enough, there are going to be costs associated with keeping it up no matter what kind of car it is. I'm really not hearing anyone whining about their Prius and my friends are whiners when it comes to having to shell out money. There's got to be a reason why these cars aren't showing up on the used market.
wing, you gotta please let us all know how well it can accelerate up hills and how much oomph your new car has when passing or merging into traffic on an expressway. I'm thinking it will do just fine.