My name is Jeff Glucker, and I’m one of the co-founders of Hooniverse.com. I like fun machines that provide a sense of enjoyment and excitement from behind the wheel, and I enjoy talking about all-things automotive. That said, there’s something in my driveway that you might not expect to find there. I’m not talking about the busted-ass Civic or a random press vehicle that I might be driving. I refer to the newest member of the Hooniverse holding grounds.
It’s brand-new, focused on fuel efficiency, and is not something I’d ever shell out a dime for, but it’s here to stay for a few years.
It’s my wife Jen’s latest company car, and it’s a 2013 Toyota Prius.
Phew… I’m glad I got that off my chest. Now allow me to explain why it was the best choice available.
My wife gets a company car, and her previous car was a Chrysler Sebring. We suffered through that heap for about a year until it was time for her to get something new. The choices were a Prius, the Chrysler 200, or, if we lived in a snowy area, we could opt for a Subaru Forester. We wanted the Forester, but there’s not much snow in Southern California… so the Prius is the “winner”.
It’s quite an upgrade over the Sebring, since it’s a Prius IV. It’s fitted with touch screen navigation, the new Entune system (Pandora, Open Table, etc), and a better audio system. Additionally, it probably saves her company quite a few bucks when it comes time to fill up the 50-mile-combined-driving rated Prius.
So there you have it… There’s a Toyota Prius in my driveway, and I’m not upset about it. Now, I just need to find a way to offset all of it’s fuel-efficient smugness.