A new study concludes that Prius repairs cost 8.4 percent more than repairs on non-hybrid economy cars.Enlarge Photo
For our very last post of the month, we're taking the path of least resistance. Here are quick recaps of the five most popular posts on AllAboutPrius for the month of February:
# 1: Prius Repairs Cost (a little) More Than Non-Hybrids. Not surprisingly, this crucial concern of new-car buyers hit the big time, with linkbacks from various other sites including our friends at Wired's Autopia blog. Bottom Line: When there were fewer of them, hybrids cost more to repair--but now that there are hundreds of thousands of Toyota Prius models running around, their repair costs have all but fallen into line with those of non-hybrid cars.
# 2: Ten Things the 2010 Toyota Prius Will Not Do For You. Our colleague, editor and super-snarkmeister Marty Padgett, wrote this humorous piece pointing out that the 2010 Toyota Prius is, after all, just a car. Bottom Line: If you are looking to a car--even a class-leading hybrid-electric car--to make your life better, you're bound for eternal disappointment.
# 3: 2010 Toyota Prius: Our Fearless Predictions. We're a little puzzled by this one's continuing popularity, since more details have surfaced on the actual car from Prius Connection previews. Our predictions were pretty close, by the way, though no sign yet of the predicted Scion hybrid coupe or Toyota Prius station wagon or crossover. Bottom Line: For everything you need to know, read our detailed 2010 Toyota Prius page instead.
# 4: 2010 Toyota Prius Industry Firsts--A Quiz. We figured this one might be popular, and indeed it garnered a slew of answers. Most of them, sadly, were just a little...wrong. Bottom Line: You can cheat by jumping directly to our story on the contest winner.
# 5: The Prius's Not-So-Secret Gas-Mileage Secrets. An oldie but a goodie, this one covers a perennially popular topic: How does the Toyota Prius actually return gas mileage of 48 (city) / 45 (highway) mpg? This is our technical explanation of how it all works under that shapely hood. Bottom Line: It's complicated, having to do with a battery pack, two electric motors, a gasoline engine, and an electronic continously variable transmission--but it all works. And remember, the 2010 Toyota Prius will be even thriftier, with a combined city/highway figure of 50 miles per gallon in a bigger, more powerful, more luxurious car.
2010 Toyota PriusEnlarge Photo