An Unexpected New 2016 Prius
It may seem like I go through cars quickly, and the truth is if you look at my history with cars I really do. I'm not even a car person. I really don't like cars. It's one of those areas of my life that I spend a ton of time in but wish I didn't have to. When I sat down to write this post the first thing I did was develop a timeline for my car history. These are the cars I've driven as my primary vehicle and don't include Jenn's list (which is much much shorter).
- 2002-2003- Mercury Cougar
- 2003-2004 - Chevrolet Malibu
- 2004-2007 - Hyundai Tiburon
- 2007-2012 - Toyota Prius
- 2012-2015 - Honda Fit
- 2015-2016 - Toyota Prius
- 2016 - ____ - Toyota Prius
That's a lot of cars. Most of them I've sold when they either had major mechanical difficulties or I just needed a change. This last Prius purchase however was completely unexpected. A couple of weeks ago I was driving home and rear-ended the car in front of me. The short story is that I took my off and slammed into the guy in front of me going 30-40MPH. The car in front of me had little to no damage, my Prius which was in the fast line was non-operable right after the collision. I spent 20 minutes in the fast lane of the 57 freeway before the tow truck finally arrived and pulled me to the side.
I found out a day later that my 2015 Toyota Prius with a little over 13K miles was totaled. We lucked out though and got a lot more from our insurance then we were expecting, After driving a Ford Explorer rental for a week we decided to go back to Toyota and buy another Prius. Between the time I bought my car and the time I was in the market for a new one, Toyota introduced a brand new design both inside and out of the car. I'm not a giant fan of their new exterior but when comparing my options in the $25K price range for my amount of driving the Prius just makes sense.
I went down to AutoNation in Irvine and purchased a brand new 2016 Prius in the same dark gray color as my predecessor. I've had the car for a couple weeks now and am really loving it. The drive is much better then my two previous Prius's and the MPG is insane. In my first 1K miles of driving I'm average 59.5MPG which is far better then the 47 in my last Prius. So far so good.
I survived a pretty nasty accident with no injuries and am now on the other side with a new Prius that I really like. Here's to hoping this Prius lasts longer then the last one. Oh and I may have pre-ordered a Tesla Model 3 on the same day as purchasing the new Prius, just saying.