Just back from Silicon Valley a couple weeks ago, a place of odd motoring mix. Plenty of Prius's (or is it Priui") but many BMWs', some SUV's, motorcycles, bicycles etc.
Anyway, the following confirms my thinking, the Prius is an image thing, not an answer.
Envoy), 15yr old Cadillac For now, we'll stick to our 8yr old mid-sized SUV (GMCSTS (mid sized around town car when we are downstate), 10+yr old Jeep (woods beater), 3yr old Honda (about 30MPG), and 20+ yr old Motorcycle.
Keeping all running is less energy intensive than new cars.
Don't Buy That New Prius! Test-Drive a Used Car Instead:
"Pound for pound, making a Prius contributes more carbon to the atmosphere than making a Hummer, largely due to the environmental cost of the 30 pounds of nickel in the hybrid's battery."
AskPablo: Time to get a new car? ( Hummer, H2, Prius, Fuel Efficiency, Hybrid, Energy, BTU,)