HOULDIN ON THE PRIUS

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Its small and sleek, but pow­er­less. My first re­ac­tion — a lawn mower. It was hard to ad­just to such a dif­fer­ent car from my usual V8 off-roader, and that was ob­vi­ous each time I took off from the lights.

But once you got up to about 30km/h, the car was very comfortable and en­joy­able to drive around the city, ma­noeu­vrable and easy to con­trol.

I en­joyed the po­si­tion­ing of var­i­ous but­tons and the ease of driv­ing. Hav­ing the odome­ter in the mid­dle was at first an­noy­ing un­til I used the il­lu­mi­nated heads-up dis­play— this is a fan­tas­tic ad­di­tion.

My big­gest com­plaint was the lo­ca­tion of the back spoiler. It seemed to be in the way ev­ery time I wanted to look through the rear-view mir­ror. But over­all, a good city car and very eco­nom­i­cal, so it suits its pur­pose.

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