JackNWNJ saidThey've been suckered into it. They'll be sorry in a year or two.
I love those idiots who bought the SmartCar. I actually know a guy who is all proud of himself because he's "on the waiting list" for one of those little rolling washing machines.
I drove a Prius once, it rides nicely, but what a flimsy piece of crap. I felt like I was gonna break the damn thing.
A previous boss (very straight) of mine had a Prius too, it got us from point A to point B, but didn't feel particularly solid.
I like a little meat on my vehicular bones, I drive a midsize Altima. When I bought my car three years ago I strongly considered the hybrid, but long term maintenance costs were a concern and the model was only sold in certain states. I just read someone with an 8 year old civic hybrid had to pay $3100 for a replacement battery. For that expensive of a repair I'd much rather take a gasoline alternative.
The added weight of the batteries can also impede performance and the space can limit truck space or a back seat. Another guy I worked with is now leasing a Honda CR-Z and loves it. None of his girlfriends kids could fit in the back and it's pretty peppy. Rear view visibility is tight though and it sits very low to the ground fwiw. Honda was doing a promo of about 179/mo. If he really loves them go for it, just be an educated consumer.