Celebration and the Prius
By leroyk on Apr 16, 2008
Toke a few days off this week to recharge. Actually planned it months ago and it could not have come at a better time. Journeyed down to Florida this week and decided to do something different. Stayed in a small hotel in Celebration, Florida which I believe is a Disney planned community. In Disney fashion the community is perfect.
While here stayed at the Celebration Hotel. What a incredible small property situated on a lake (man-made ???). Actually 3 lakes that are connected and have a wide variety of wildlife. Should you need to recharge, I highly recommend this place. Close to the parks if you need to do that but far enough away to be satisfying quiet.
While I was here, I rented a Prius. The friendly eco-car. A highlight is that I barely used any gas the past few days. Sadly the rental company put the screws to me regarding price. It totally eliminated any gas savings but was a good way to try the technology.
Regarding the technology it actually works. With Toyota I was not worried that much. But I have memories of GM's 4-6-8 engine that would reduce the number of active cylinders needed to save gas. The current generation works really well. The first generation well did not. So I just pictured the little Prius hesitating and stumbling every time it started it engine. While not invisible, the engagement is pretty slick and seamless. I would be concerned that the starter would need to be beefed up for this type of operation. Otherwise lots of trips to the dealer for new starters. Overall it works pretty well.
The other thing with the Prius, while lovable, it is not a barn burner in terms of performance. Not that it is a slouch either. You must think out your moves a little in advanced. No touching the gas to merge with ease. The suspension and tires are more oriented to fuel savings then playing "what is the correct apex to exit this curve at max speed". Not that I do that on regular basis mind you :)
All in all not a bad little commuter when viewed with the correct prism.