It doesnt get 95 miles per gallon.... for starters, and it is not as environmentally friendly as it was meant to be either. A Toyota Prius leaves a larger carbon footprint then a Chevy Suburban.... Not many people put a lot of thought into the purchase of the car. They took it at face value and didnt do the proper research.
Because of the batteries. The pollution and environmental damage in the making and disposing of the batteries is very high, not to mention the cost of replacing the batteries when they wear out. $3000 to replace the battery module.
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To put it in perspective, the 2013 Prius gets an EPA estimated 44 mpg highway, 40 mpg city...no where near what you stated. It is small and considered unattractive to many people. The 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is rated at 45 mpg city and highway, it is a larger car and considerably more attractive and luxurious. Not everyone hates the Prius, but there are other cars that are comparable on gas but superior in other ways. Also, not everyone has the same priorities as you. For some, has mileage isn't that big of a priority. We each have our own tastes. If you like the Prius, be glad that everyone else doesn't. If everyone wanted one, the demand would go up and so would the price. You would never be able to afford one.
first off Prius gets 50 MPG average, not 90 something. you'll save an average 700 dollars a year on gas vs. an "average commuter vehicle" (what they Call average is 20 MPG) Sounds good right? but wait, every 3 years you rave to replace the high voltage battery, which is a $2500 part and Costs around $1000 to install because you have to almost dismantle the rear of the car to get to it. ran out of gas within sight of the pump. that's OK you'll just bpush your Prius the 200 ft to the station right? wrong. the Prius can only be pushed/pulled 2 times it's length. if you do more you'll burn up the stators on the regenerative breaking system and that's a $1500 repair. worse the same thing happens if you run out of gas or it dies for any other reason and you coast anywhere. you have to slam on the breaks and get off the road. how about the fact that it's net environmental impact is greater over 10 years than many large SUV's. it literally has nothing going for it. edit: to those comparing the Prius to the Tesla. please compare apples to apples. the Tesla is by all reports a great vehicle but it is limited in ways a hybrid is not. a hybrid can be taken on roadtrips which is at this time not an option for an all electric vehicle. you won't find facilities to charge your all electric car. the Chevy volt while not exactly a hybrid is a closer comparison as it has a backup gas engine for when the battery bank is low.
Because they are not roomy, fun, easy to travel long distance in, and most people in them drive like total @ssholes. I mean, I would much rather get the Volt. It is all-electric and is actually AMERICAN. We need to buy more American company stuff if we expect our economy to grow. It is also bigger and is electric, which is even cleaner than gas. And the Prius DOES NOT get 95 miles to the gallon! The 2013 gets only 50. Volkswagen made a concept car last year that got nearly 200!
It isn't about the look of the car, it has to do with all hybrids. People will spend the money they think they save with hybrids in batteries alone for that junk. The huge batteries aren't cheap and needs replacing every few years and where does old batteries go when they can't be redone, in the landfill. Not very earth friendly in the end. It is actually cheaper to purchase a regular car. People really don't need to throw around what is made here in America, cause chevy, gmc ( still a chevy), dodge and ford is Mexico built and they are proud to place it on the window stickers. Toyotas and Honda's are more American made now a days.
Because it looks like a cross between a snow shovel and a rotary shaver, because when its lithium batteries die, they cost $8000. to replace, because many who drive them are self righteous, and wrongly assume that they've "done their part" to save the planet. And by the way, I get better fuel economy out of my aging, low tech Saturn sedan.
A big reason is because for a while now, what's under your hood matters. Horsepower and speed just make people feel on top. It's like dressing in the best looking clothes in high school. The Prius just seems so feminine to so many (not being sexist) and faster cars are more "manly". P.S. The Prius does NOT get 95 mpg, more like 37 as tested.