5 Reasons Why You Guys Hate On The Prius So Much
The Prius isn't the only dull hybrid out there, so we wanted to find out why it gets so much hate from you guys
The Toyota Prius is nothing short of a petrolhead's hate object
. Sure, it doesn't make our top 10 favourite cars list, but does it really deserve all that vitriol? After all, there are plenty of other hybrids out there
, so what is it about the Prius that gets you guys so riled? We asked you on Facebook
to explain your hatred for the Prius, and from that, we've made this list.
1. It's too boring
Yes, the Prius isn't exciting to look at and it's quite boring to drive, but people don't buy these things to have fun, so that's irrelevant, right? Not necessarily
. Cars like the Ford Fiesta Ecoboost
prove that it is
possible to have an entertaining, good-looking car
with low environmental impact
and great economy. Unlucky Prius
2. Because Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson's scathing review of the Prius in series five of Top Gear left a lasting impact
on you guys. Had he given the Prius (honest) praise, who knows, the internet's opinion might be very different...
3. They produce hazardous levels of smug
A common theme in your comments about the Prius was that it isn't so much the car you dislike, but the owners
. You tell us that Prius owners are often preachy, suffer from extreme superiority complexes, like to coat the back of their cars in pseudo-philosophical bumper stickers, and worst of all, are properly smug
4. Is it really that green?
Sure, you might get decent MPG and emissions figures
in a Prius, but what about the manufacturing costs? A few years ago the internet was alive
with claims that hybrids like the Prius are so environmentally costly to make, that they have a bigger impact
over their lifetime than some 'gas guzzling' SUVs. However, the original report that made these claims has since been widely discredited
. Toyota itself has admitted in the past that producing the Prius does
actually create more emissions than an equivalent petrol car, but the fact is that it will make up for that
over its lifetime.
5. It was the first popular hybrid
This is actually more our theory, but hear us out. As we mentioned, there are plenty of hybrids out there, so why is it the Prius that gets all the hatred?
We think it's because it was the first to sell in big numbers. The concept of a hybrid had been about long before, but it was the Prius that really
popularised it, and its approach of economy at the expense of speed, style, excitement - everything we love in cars
- makes it the antithesis
to the petrolhead's way of thinking. As it was the first hybrid sales success, it became firmly established
as a car guy's hate object, so much so that no hybrid since has managed to steal its unenviable crown.
Now that's cleared up, vote here for what you'd rather drive: a Donk or a Prius?