My wife and I are looking at buying a Prius. I want to hear from parents if the car works well with strollers, groceries, etc. The hatchbook looks like a decent size but we’re not sure. Thanks!

Answer by Frankie R
No! if you want fuel efficiency, without sacrificing style, try a Chevy Equinox… it is the most fuel efficient vehicle in this class. If you want a really big car, try a Hummer H2

Answer by pedro7of9
its a small car…look at the honda iinsite…bigger,,,better…drives nicer…I would not put my kids in a hybryed…in a accident the battery and acid could go everywhere…and 440 volts…oh no not me

Answer by pinball_fan
Mr. “Vast Car Knowledge” needs to go back to school and stop watching Chevy commercials.

A Chevy Equinox vs. a Toyota Prius? Talk about an apples-to-oranges comparison. They aren’t the same class: The Prius is a hatchback, the Equinox an SUV. And the mileage? I don’t think so. The Prius’ mileage is about double that of the Equinox.

Prius: 51MPG city, 48 highway, 50 combined.
4-cylinder front-wheel-drive Equinox: 22/32/26.
(Of course, the other Equinox versions get WORSE mileage than that.)

By the way: The Equinox doesn’t get the best mileage in the FWD SUV class either. The Ford Escape FWD Hybrid does better, and I’m not sure if it’s the best (34/31/32).

The Prius will work fine for strollers & groceries…you are correct, there’s plenty of room under that hatchback.

Edit: Pedro, you also need to do some learning before spouting misinformation. The battery has NO acid. It’s Nickel Metal Hydride. And a collision that would damage the battery is likely to be one that wouldn’t be survivable anyway (think 18-wheeler truck collision). The battery is further forward than the gas tank, near the back seats. And the Honda Insight is *SMALLER* than the Prius, not bigger. Prius is classified as a midsize car, the Insight is a compact. Check for yourself at the website listed below.

Another edit: Another answer you’ve received asks “While hybrid is good for the environment, I wonder where all the used battery will go.” I really wish people would spend a little time researching instead of just engaging their mouths first. The used batteries go back to Toyota for recycling. ALL of the battery is recyclable. And Toyota pays $ 200 per battery to get them back to make sure of it; there’s contact information printed on the battery to point that out.

New York, New York (PRWEB) October 11, 2005

Were all feeling pain at the pump. With a tank of gas running $ 20 or $ 30 more than just a couple of months ago, its impossible to ignore the new reality of high gas prices.

People are coping in a number of different ways, as evidenced by recent comments from members of the Armchair Millionaire community:

My wife and I use bikes for trips of less than four miles. Two bikes can carry a lot of groceries! –Jim

I reduce my gas consumption by Granny driving (gradual acceleration/deceleration), avoid tailgating, checking traffic Web sites to find the least congested routes and planning ahead. –Lorenz

I save by using cash/shopping cards. Some vendors, like Wal-Mart and Citgo, have prepaid, reloadable shopping cards. When you use the card you save a few cents per gallon. –Brett

Unfortunately, the price of gas is just the most immediate, obvious sign of increasing fuel costs. It doesnt tell the whole story. The governments Energy Information Administration projects that consumers will spend 34 percent more for heating oil this winter than last, 52 percent more for natural gas and 11 percent more for electricity.

So not only will we be dealing with higher costs to drive our cars this winter, well also face substantially higher costs to heat our homes. Of course, it will always help to hop on the bus whenever you can and to turn that thermostat down a notch. But to realize substantial, long-term savings on your fuel bills, you have to go further. My guide shows you how.

The Armchair Millionaires Guide to Cutting Your Fuel Bills

Get an audit. A home energy audit will pinpoint those areas where your money–literally–is flying out the window and provide suggestions for energy savings. Many utilities conduct energy audits for their customers for free or just a small fee. If your local utility doesnt offer them, try the nifty Web-based home energy audit tool at

Pump up your efficiency. There are hundreds of utility-sponsored programs around the country designed to help you make your home more fuel efficient. These include rebates on energy efficient appliances and light bulbs, incentives to weatherize your home and low-cost financing to upgrade to high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, to name but a few. Check with your local utility to see what it offers.

Go green for your next car. Beginning on January 1, 2006, buyers of hybrid cars will be eligible for hefty tax credits. The size of the tax credit will vary from model to model, but the folks at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy estimate that a Ford Escape Hybrid will net you a $ 2,600 credit, while the Toyota Prius will give you a whopping $ 3,150 back on your taxes. And of course, not only will you get a big break at tax time, you wont have to fill up that new car nearly as often.

Invest now for long-term savings. Plucking down hundreds of dollars for a new fridge or clothes dryer can be painful, but keep in mind that todays high-efficiency appliances can go a long way toward paying for themselves over time. Todays refrigerators, for example, are more than twice as efficient as those manufactured in 1990, making them cost less than half to operate. Even smaller investments can make a big difference. For instance, compact florescent light bulbs cost more upfront than regular incandescent bulbs, but they use just one-fourth the energy and last ten times longer. Over time, that high-efficiency bulb is a much better bargain.

THE BOTTOM LINE: High (and getting higher) energy costs have become a fact of life. Fortunately, a few smart moves on your part can help you cut your fuel bills down to size.

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When I start my car in the mornings I have to try at least 3-4 times. The first time it starts then rev’s really fast and then putputput and then the engine dies. I take out the keys and try another couple times and its starts. I also have the same problem driving back home at night. Anybody have any idea’s what might be wrong, besides the fact that I bought a Ford!

Answer by kelly_f_1999
have you tried fuel treatment done a tune up sounds like the fuel system dirty

Answer by steelmankev7
Sounds like moisture in the fuel system. Put some gas line antifreeze in your tank, and don’t let it get below a half tank in cold weather. Should take care of your problem. Make sure you get enough for your tank size.