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Old 07-21-2007, 02:41 PM
 
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I'm taking a vacation next week and am considering renting a hybrid. I'll be going to california and doing some heavy driving- from San Fran to Vegas to LA.

I can rent a mid size car for about $265 for the week or a Hybrid Toyota Prius for about $100 more.

Gas mileage is almost double in the hybrid- but I have a few questions

First, does a hybrid take regular fuel? Does it need to be plugged in to charge the electrical system?

Is the car dummy proof or are there bells and whistles that need to be dealt with in order to enjoy the fuel economy?

Finally, would the difference in rental price be negated by the savings in fuel expenses?
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Old 07-21-2007, 03:04 PM
 
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I'm taking a vacation next week and am considering renting a hybrid. I'll be going to california and doing some heavy driving- from San Fran to Vegas to LA.

I can rent a mid size car for about $265 for the week or a Hybrid Toyota Prius for about $100 more.

Gas mileage is almost double in the hybrid- but I have a few questions

First, does a hybrid take regular fuel? Does it need to be plugged in to charge the electrical system?

Is the car dummy proof or are there bells and whistles that need to be dealt with in order to enjoy the fuel economy?

Finally, would the difference in rental price be negated by the savings in fuel expenses?
NO!!!!! IT DOES NOT NEED TO BE PLUGGED IN! LOL!!!!! The gasoline engine charges the batteries as you move along. It just takes regular grade gasoline too . It drives like a regular car. There is nothing different about driving a hybrid, except its exceptionally quiet during stop-and-go driving and at idle. But heres the catch. You are not going to save that much fuel on the highway, because the electric engine of the Prius operates in stop and go traffic,or under 20 miles per hour. Just get a compact car like a Corolla if you really want to save fuel on the highway. It's a similar size inside as a Prius anyhow, but will be less than the midsize.

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Old 07-22-2007, 03:19 PM
 
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Thanks Ft. Lauderdale. Great information!
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Old 07-22-2007, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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I have a new Prius and it takes unleaded fuel and does not need to be plugged in. I get 40 mpg around town and 46 highway (they said it was supposed to be the other way around).

You might like this vehicle so much you might want one for yourself.

Have fun!!
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