• Jul 31, 2008
If vehicles could be sainted, stained-glass artists all over the U.S. would be busy figuring out the best colors for the Toyota Prius to shine in. Brand new examples of the motorized mollusk that everyone can't wait to buy spend just five days on dealer lots. Last year's model lasts just fifteen days more.

The real coup, however, is in the prices. An unused Prius requires about $26,672 to take home. The used version, with fewer than 10,000 miles, goes for around $27,945. That's right, nearly $1,300 more. More incredible: a 2007 model with more than 22,000 miles will only save you $276 compared to the price of a shiny new 2008. We're not sure you can even call that depreciation.

Toyota is increasing Prius production, but that'll take a moment to be felt on dealer lots. In the mean time, if you absolutely have to have a hybrid, we see a Malibu in your future...

[Source: Next Autos]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      With prices going down a great deal lately, I may just buy a Hummer H1 and have some fun with all of these Priuses invading the roads :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Amen, I think i'll do it with a wood panelled late sixties squire personally.
      Fred Reussien
      • 6 Years Ago
      In the Netherlands, the Prius is a normal size car and it is subsidized in sales tax and monthly driving tax by the government because of lower polution.
      About the life of the batteries, We get an 8 year guarantee in Europe. So I expect them to last for at least 10 years... and not 4 or 5 years (I think the Japanese use the same type of batteries in the European Prius as well as the US Prius.)
      Finally, you should know that the price of gasoline in the Netherlands is 1.60 Euro per liter (!) and that is approximately $6.00 dollars per gallon... but you get use to it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just as a point of reference, I drive a 2005 Prius. There are a lot of reasons to pick one car over another. I have long been a Toyota fan so when I looked to upgrade from an old Corolla, I looked at the Toyota family.

      Being a techie geek, I wanted some gadgety manufacturer add ons. At the time, the Prius had the most of any Toyota without buying a Lexus. The mileage was just a bonus.

      Of course as many people have noted, if I wanted to go a different route I could have bought a less expensive high mileage vehicle and gone with aftermarket tech toys, but I have to say I actually love the smart key (never having to take it out of my pocket) and push button start.

      If this article is accurate though, maybe it is time to sell this one and buy a replacement and put off the depreciation hit that seems inevitable if the battery does start to become an issue.
      • 6 Years Ago
      so you're saying I can buy one and just spend money on the gas then sell it for the same and sometimes more? wow
        • 6 Years Ago
        Pretty much. We just sold our 07 for $2k more than we bought it for and it only had 13k miles. So basically we drove around for a year for free.
        • 6 Years Ago
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooN9INJxxy4

        Hybrids are not the solution. They are NOT good for our environment.
        • 6 Years Ago
        well...it's happened before to certain Ferraris and Lambos, even to 99-00 Honda Odyssey. When it first came out, the waitlist for Ody was almost 6 months, for about a year or more, and I know for a fact at least in Atlanta and California, used ones were selling on average of $500 more for immediate delivery. Supply and demand at its best, exactly what happened here, so no BS.
        However, the virtues on hybrids are sold are certainly BS most of the time.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ...duh...fixing my last sentence above to:

        However, the virtues on which hybrids are sold are certainly BS most of the time.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What a bunch of BS.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Green....good for the environment......whatever!!!

        The car was built in Japan and shipped over on a huge boat which spewed a ton of exhaust and probably dirtied up the water. Then the car was transported from CA across the country on a truck or train, thus spewing more exhaust.

        Yep...that's green alright!

        This car gets good gas mileage.....the 'green' thing is crap.

        You want to be green.....ride a bike.
        • 6 Years Ago
        They are selling for so much because people think they are helping the environment. They aren't.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooN9INJxxy4

        Hybrids are NOT a positive impact on our environment.
      • 6 Years Ago
      yea well my corolla has appreciated in value according to kbb as well. i bought the sucker new for 15k otd. an "excellent" on kbb with 25k miles goes for 15,5. not too shabby...didnt think a commuter car like a corolla would appreciate.
      • 6 Years Ago
      WOW,people are really stupid..Why not just buy a Yaris or some other small car ? Cheaper sticker price,all average 30-40 mpg.Im no fan of Toyota ,but I know of a 4 door Yaris that gets 39 mpg and I think it even looks better than a prius,and you dont have that smug,pretentious stigma that goes with a Prius.

      Prius owner..How is the joke on me ? I am not crying about fuel prices.The joke is on you ..overpaying for an ugly p.o.s...I own 2 full size trucks and love them,and a new 2009 on the way!!$80 fills them up,good for 500 miles each..And I wont have to worry about being a paraplegic driving them. With all these dope smoking,drunk,coffee drinking,cell phone,blackberry idiots driving around..So I guess the jokes on you, when I t-bone you at 30 mph when you cross in front of me....It actually happened 3 years ago a Civic ran a stop sign and the driver is now a paraplegic,half of his face was torn off and he was only 19..Thats the price you pay for driving a small car.So be frugal and see where it gets you..The joke is on you...
        • 6 Years Ago
        You actually managed to make me sick. Thanks and I hope I never know you.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So...you're happy you maimed someone for the rest of their life? Shoot, perhaps I should buy a tank and run over you and your truck and laugh as they pick your remains out. Serves you right for buying such a wimpy car.

        I mean, my mother and I survived a crash (without injuries) where our Integra was t-boned by a F150 traveling downhill. So...draw your own conclusion.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ya know? I'm not huge fan of hybrids. The numbers don't jive (cost premium offsets fuel savings, etc). But your argument is just sub-human, disgustingly selfish and utterly reprehensible.

        • 6 Years Ago
        You're PROUD of this? How disgusting can you be?
        • 6 Years Ago
        @c, Wow... Really, just... wow.

        I don't normally comment on these because I think people are entitled to their opinions, but you disgust me. You ended the functional part of a life, and wish to use it to promote your affinity for 6000lb+ vehicles used for daily commuting as a defensive weapon against others. Not only that, but you show a certain level of pride in it while doing so.

        I do not like that I share this world with people like you.

        --william
        • 6 Years Ago
        wow buddy. you dont deserve to be driving if you're actually happy that someone you t-boned is now permanentely disabled due to him driving a small car. its people like you that give america a bad name.

        wow...
        • 6 Years Ago
        And your proud of the fact that a 19 yr. had his life destroyed? I am sorry that I elicited such a response.
      • 6 Years Ago
      After you accelerate a vehicle up to speed, you only need a few horsepower to keep it moving. You can lean out the cyclinders, but anything less that 15 to 1 air/fuel and it will mis-fire. Trust me, I've tried it. Hybrids use the electric motor to boost acceleration allowing for a smaller
      displacement fuel engine & better MPG. But, this can be done better
      with two small fuel engines for about 80 MPG.
      alfredschrader@ aol.com
      • 6 Years Ago
      People are just stupid!! What a GAY F-en Car
      • 6 Years Ago
      I still don't want one...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Math 1. Used-Prius Buyers 0. You lose!

      Does this mean you can lease a Prius and they pay you the reverse depreciation?
      • 6 Years Ago
      One other thought. Even if the lower total gas expenses for a Prius are a wash with the extra expense of the car, I would rather give that money to a Japanese company since at the moment Japan is less malevolent than many of the oil producing nations in the world like Iran and Saudi Arabia.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Do the used cars come with extra smug?

      Technically, they're re-used/recycled cars. Hippies rejoice!
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