Ask The Best And Brightest: Yaris or Prius?

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
ask the best and brightest yaris or prius

From TTAC commentator kawaii: New to this forum and found it interesting, however, confusing since I am a “mature” female on the waiting list for an ‘08 Prius. Husband just got a huge Tundra last December. I drive an ‘05 Subaru Outback getting 22 mpg. Now that I’m waiting for the Prius (which I wanted simply because of mpg and because I like to consider myself as “one who considers making small changes to help the environment”), but now I’m really wondering if this is a wise decision. Do I really NEED this vehicle? Will the Yaris ($10,000 less equipped the way I want it) or Corolla be a better choice? Drove the Yaris and liked it; have not driven Corolla. I live on a mountain in northern GA, drive 10 miles to work each day, rarely drive road-trips and go into the city 65 miles occasionaly. This next car will be one that I’ll drive until the wheels fall off. I can afford either car, but which makes better sense? Husband works from home (good thing with the Tundra mpg) and will retire in 5 years. Any advice?

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  • Geotpf Geotpf on May 19, 2008

    The Yaris is a subcompact. The Prius is a midsize, almost as big as a Camry. The reason the Prius sells so well is because you get better-than-sub-compact fuel economy in a midsized vehicle. If you want a smaller, cheaper vehicle, then get a Yaris (or a Corolla (compact), or a Scion xD (five door, better equipped version of the Yaris hatchback)).

  • Rpn453 Rpn453 on May 19, 2008
    menno : May 19th, 2008 at 1:14 pm pariah, that article about a Hummer being more environmentally sound than a Prius has been debunked in so many ways and in so many places, that it boggles the mind that it keeps appearing when people discuss the Prius online. That "study" is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever seen in my life. I've already been involved in one bash-fest of that study, so I won't go any further with it except to say that anyone who believes that study would be best to keep quiet about it if they're ever surrounded by engineers. You might as well be arguing against the law of conservation of energy at that point!
  • Kawaii Kawaii on May 19, 2008

    dhanson965 - Thank you for the figures from Informed for Life! I thought my Subaru Outback was far safer; weight is a big factor, I suppose. In any event, since I'll be driving this next car for 10 or more years, it bears keeping these figures close at hand. Of course, I am in a small town and rarely on interstates, but . . . There have been many opinions offered on this thread and information provided to me that I had not considered previously. Options presented that hadn't crossed my mind. I do feel better informed by "the best and brightest" -- still undecided, but certainly better informed!

  • Skooter Skooter on May 19, 2008

    I only do whatever Al Gore says to do.