On the road to Tesla ownership…
I have been remiss from this board for a few months due to forest fires that took place around my California home over the summer. Around my home, but fortunately not in my home. In a twist of fate though my purchase of a Model 3 has been forestalled due to this incident. Having reserved on the first day after the announcement, and living two hours from the factory, I was expecting delivery in late 2017 or the first half of 2018. Maybe. Perhaps.
But while evacuated from home when the fires were raging, my 23 year old Corolla wagon died an untimely death at a quiet intersection in Santa Barbara. With my homies all in Hawaii, and an estimated repair cost from a local mechanic coming in higher than the value of the car, I chose to abandon the vehicle. I needed another car fast, and a few phone calls later I had it that Toyota was offering the best lease rates at the time. A rep from the dealership swooped down to pick me up, and two hours later I was driving off the Toyota lot in a brand new 4th generation 2016 Prius.
Wait. What? A Prius? Those funky looking electric car wannabes that I’ve never had the slightest interest in, and in fact had never stepped foot in?
Yeah. That car. But at $165 a month I had taken the bait. For the next three years I am driving a Prius. So the Model 3 will be pushed back to 2019.
In the meantime I have kinda fallen in love. With the Prius. Wow. Toyota has really been doing its homework. This is a no compromise car. It has comfort, power, great fuel economy, and great looks.
To be fair, the styling of the 2016 Prius is controversial. When I saw the Gun Metal Gray version on the lot I went right to it. Loved the look. It was only later that I read of the controversy over the styling. In fact, one blogger termed the 2016 Prius uglier than the Leaf. I have to say, knowing that the looks of the Prius will turn some people’s stomach when I’m driving down the road… adds to the appeal of the car.
In fact, I might just buy this car outright at lease end and forego the Model 3. The two cars are more similar than different. Think about it. The M3 has a battery. The Prius has a battery. The M3 has stunning looks. The Prius has stunning looks. The M3 has superior fuel economy, but is the Prius really that far behind? I think that anyone discerning a real, practical difference between the two vehicles is simply nitpicking.
Anyway, glad to be back home.