The Toyota Prius is my dream car.
(Big maybe on the Tesla placing second.)
A long time ago, when Infiniti first came out and they had the t.v. ads not showing the car, I was impressed.
My lover of two years who flaked on me had an Infiniti. In the Plano, TX area, it seems silver Infiniti cars are respectable.
Part III What happened today after I made the original post.
I got in my Prius. It doesn't have leather seats. It has a 6-disc changer. Long story short, I think of the 5 trims, it was one less than the highest trim.
There wasn't much traffic making my 30 mile commute to work down Hwy 75 in Dallas. Because it was the second day after Christmas, there wasn't too much traffic, so a few of us had top speeds of 80 a moment here and there. It was great to have Hwy 75 feel like the Dallas Tollway (on a Sunday morning) for a change.
It's a quiet joy to drive.
Later in the day, I go to check on the 2002 Infiniti G20.
There's no back-up screen of course like the Prius has. The screen of the Prius shows you a diagram of what's working (engine, battery, motor--it's past my bedtime. I may have this wrong). You can change this display for a column chart of miles per gallon. I could have gotten a navigation system to appear on the screen; but, since it didn't come with the car, I didn't pay to have that installed. SO, the 2002 Infiniti was a little less high tech on this count. Of course, the speedometer isn't digital either.
But, when you look up, there was a panel to push back and let the sun in. There was a button to either vent the roof or roll the glass panel out of the way. (Good or nice feature.)
The test drive was not smooth like my Prius. I'm sure, the acceleration was faster with the Infiniti. You know, I don't think I want anything that accelerates faster than my Prius. Some cars seem to jump when they have faster acceleration. I'm sure there are cars that don't jump or jerk their acceleration. The Infiniti I test drove, unfortunately, had conspicuous acceleration.
The Infiniti was not as spacious for the driver in comparison to the Prius. One reason for this is that the Prius, with more aerodynamics, has a deeper dashboard.
When I got out, I noticed there wasn't a handle on the interior roof at the driver's door. How odd! It seems there wasn't one when the car was new. This car was made that way.
If I were to compare a 2006 Prius to a 2006 Infiniti of a slightly larger size, the Infiniti would be the winner.
P.S., the median mpg on my Prius is 45 mpg. Some days it's a little higher. It is never below 41 mpg.
Also, with my going to the dealer every 5,000 miles, my carfax showed 20+ service visits but the Infiiniti showed 2.
I understand my Lojack is of no value. It seems the Lojack is not transferable.
I bought a kit to try to make my headlights not have that old look. Toyota says a more expensive way to fix that is to have them take off the bumper and put new headlight covers on.
I'm hoping Blue Coral Wax might make invisible the evidence of me running along side a children's grocery basket I couldn't see. The children's basket was on the right side of the car. I told the grocery store manager at Krogers that children's grocery baskets should stay in the store and not be in parking lots because they're too small to see until you hear your car pushing it out of the way.
The Blue Coral Wax may be available at AquaZoom Xtream Clean on Preston near Spring Creek in Plano for their $135 Bumper to Bumper car cleaning (interior and exterior with hand applied wax).
Thank you for your help.
I also learned that a car owner should sell his car himself to get more money than trading it in would earn him.