I Want The Toyota Prius C

Toyota Prius C (City) CenterfoldFor friend* and family, I promise that if I do purchase the Toyota Prius C, I will not think I’m better than you by choosing to only hang out with other hybrid drivers. They probably don’t want me around much either.

The new Toyota Prius C could be the hybrid that people have been waiting for and it’s set to be released in spring 2012. Like the standard Prius, the Prius C still seats 5 passengers but has a lower MSRP of just under $19k. It’s designed for start-stop city driving and that’s why its EPA fuel economy rating for city driving, 53 MPG, exceeds what you’d receive on the highway (46 MPG). Combined, the Prius C will get 50 MPG powered by a smaller version of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) that produces 99 hp versus the standard model’s 134 hp. You probably wouldn’t tow a boat with either model so bring on the small.

The combination of price, fuel efficiency and the fact that Toyota’s hybrid engines are now a mature technology make the Prius C a car to seriously consider if you’re in the market for a new vehicle. [Treehugger and LATimes.com]

*Friend is intentionally singular.

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$70-Large 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid Qualifies For Tax Break (And I Kick Myself In The Middle Again)

According to Green Car Reports, the 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid qualifies for a $1800 tax credit and I have to wonder – how does this happen? The US government offers the rebate to motivate consumers to buy more fuel efficient vehicles but in this case, something has to be wrong when a $70,000, 380hp, 20/24 mpg car qualifies for the credit. Automakers are obviously aware of how to get their cars hybrid-tax-credit-worthy and I’d hate to think that we are all paying for it. It seems unfair, especially when the my 1999 van also gets 20 mpg’s but goes 0-60 mph in 16.1 seconds and the Porsche Cayenne gets to 60 mph 10 seconds faster.

So congrats to the person buying the Porsche Cayenne S – you are going hybrid which is better – but for karma sake, maybe you could skip the line on your tax form where you get the $1800 credit. Or take the credit and donate it to a worthwhile cause… like Jubbling or me directly.