It’s hard to believe, but it has been 10 years since I bought a funny-looking car, the 2003 Prius. It was the first model, a tiny sedan. It looks nothing like the now-iconic 2004 Prius, which was introduced a few months later.
Our pre-iconic, subcompact Prius has 115,000 miles on it and is still a bright, un-dinged metallic green. It has covered that distance at about 43 miles per gallon. During the 10 years, it has needed only one expensive repair. It has been trouble-free year after year, and it has been happy wherever we’ve taken it, from aggressive Dallas traffic to long stretches of remote New Mexico roads. It has been a practical companion to the inevitable SUV that occupies the rest of our garage.
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