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  Prius Sucks for hauling
  Posted by: jimx200 on Oct-28-12 11:32 AM (EST)

Had a rental Prius (2010) for two weeks and I would never own one: mileage is way less than advertised as I got 36mpg (actual,not what computer says) total on a long trip driving 65-70, a/c on most of the time, rolling hills/mostly flat, and temps in the high 90's-low 100's. In the wind, the handling is not good as they have a high roof line. Even if calm, the handling is poor with too much body lean. Headed for the mountains? This is not your car with it's anemic 84hp engine. I've had some imports from the 70;s-80's and they kill this thing for performance and handling. I made one trip with the Prius hauling my 16' kayak and even in light wind, I could feel it pushing the car around.
My choices for yak haulers: Volvo wagon (low roof line), Mazda 6 wagon (made 2004-2008) good mileage/performance, Jetta wagon, and Ford Flex like buddy has..lots of room and long and roof line getting 29mpg hwy with LOTS of room.

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