Cecile, her husband and I went to California last week. He rented a Toyota Prius Hybrid. Apart from the initial confusion as to how to work the seemingly space-age dashboard, it was a good experience. Pluses? Low fuel consumption, the hatchback design, the dashboard that displays information, quiet cabin and a quiet engine (it shuts off when you’re stopped for a while) It probably could have seated 5 small adults. Minuses? The acceleration, handling on highways, braking system that feels like you slammed your brakes even if you just lightly tapped it, and no MP3 player input jack. It takes some getting used to, but I could probably get a hybrid at some point.

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