Yesterday I made the jump and purchased a 2012 Winter Gray Toyota Prius Four with Dark Gray interior. It’s quite a change from the Acura RSX Type S and the comfort level is so much higher than the RSX. Although I still need to acclimate myself to the no-sound ignition and the high seating level of the Prius, I should be accustomed to it in no time. The MPG this thing gets, its high tech touch Navigation w/Entune, 8 JBL speakers w/amp, SofTex trimmed heated front seats and 9 air bags make the Prius Four a sound investment. The one drawback I don’t like about the Prius navigation system is that it requires a smartphone with internet connection to make use of the various features of Entune. This is unlike Acura’s Honda Link satellite link.
The Acura RSX has been the most reliable car in the 7 years and 4 months I’ve owned it. I’ve pretty much pampered it from day one of ownership. I have taken it to many long road trips, through all season/weather condition and it has never left me stranded once. 3rd gear iVTEC acceleration will definitely be missed in comparison to the Prius Hybrid Synergy Drive, but practicality and fuel efficiency triumphs performance. However, a bright orange sports compact tuner with a higher spoiler just doesn’t quite suit someone in their early 30’s.
Plans for the Prius Four? So far:
- Prius PLUS ground effects kit
- Prius PLUS 17″ wheels
- Prius TRD lowering springs
- Prius lower chrome side moldings
The Prius isn’t made to go fast but can be modded to look good!