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Pros & Cons for renting a hybrid car on Cali trip?

game4life 749 282 July 21, 2016 at 08:59 AM
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I'm traveling to California in a few months and started looking at prices for car rental for the trip.

I saw a deal for renting a Toyota Prius that was alot cheaper than the other cars.

Are there any cons/drawbacks to renting a hybrid (in this a Prius)?

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Yes- the fact they're slow as hell and some on/off ramps can be nightmarish in a car with no power.


Also the handling on the Prius is....not terrific... so sucks for things like driving up/down the narrow and windy coast roads.


But CA is a huge state- it'd be fine even with all the above in some places, less so other places.
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I'm traveling to California in a few months and started looking at prices for car rental for the trip.

I saw a deal for renting a Toyota Prius that was alot cheaper than the other cars.

Are there any cons/drawbacks to renting a hybrid (in this a Prius)?
it will be fine.
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You'll be fine with it.

When I was in San Francisco back in May I rented a Toyota Prius C for two weeks. I was given a choice between the Prius C and both the Chrysler 200 and the Mitsubishi Lancer, IMO both of those cars are crap, so I chose the C.

The Prius blends in with the crowd since its quite a common car in the Bay Area. I did not have problems with merging in traffic with it and yes acceleration is sluggish, but its able to keep up. I even drove it to Napa Valley and Yosemite NP, it had no problems with driving up the mountain with 4 people in it, albeit it struggle. It is practical too, went to the IKEA in Palo Alto with a friend and bought a mattress and a large TV stand for his new condo. The C no problem taking those to his place with the mattress tied onto the roof.

The best thing about the Prius/Prius C is the fuel savings you'll get from it. Fill ups were no more than $20 with regular at close to $3.00/gallon.
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Please share if you have any deals on car rental?

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Yes- the fact they're slow as hell and some on/off ramps can be nightmarish in a car with no power.


Also the handling on the Prius is....not terrific... so sucks for things like driving up/down the narrow and windy coast roads.


But CA is a huge state- it'd be fine even with all the above in some places, less so other places.
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it will be fine.
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You'll be fine with it.

When I was in San Francisco back in May I rented a Toyota Prius C for two weeks. I was given a choice between the Prius C and both the Chrysler 200 and the Mitsubishi Lancer, IMO both of those cars are crap, so I chose the C.

The Prius blends in with the crowd since its quite a common car in the Bay Area. I did not have problems with merging in traffic with it and yes acceleration is sluggish, but its able to keep up. I even drove it to Napa Valley and Yosemite NP, it had no problems with driving up the mountain with 4 people in it, albeit it struggle. It is practical too, went to the IKEA in Palo Alto with a friend and bought a mattress and a large TV stand for his new condo. The C no problem taking those to his place with the mattress tied onto the roof.

The best thing about the Prius/Prius C is the fuel savings you'll get from it. Fill ups were no more than $20 with regular at close to $3.00/gallon.
Thanks for all your responses!

Sounds like I was worried about nothing - I just wasnt sure how realistic it is as I've never driven or rented a hybrid before. So I am very noob when it comes to them.

I also wasn't sure if there were hiddens fees/special taxes for renting the hybrid either.

I'll be in SoCal for about a week and we were thinking about driving to Vegas and down to Phoenix if time permits and wasn't sure how it is for long drives?
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Thanks for all your responses!

Sounds like I was worried about nothing - I just wasnt sure how realistic it is as I've never driven or rented a hybrid before. So I am very noob when it comes to them.

I also wasn't sure if there were hiddens fees/special taxes for renting the hybrid either.

I'll be in SoCal for about a week and we were thinking about driving to Vegas and down to Phoenix if time permits and wasn't sure how it is for long drives?
LA- vegas - 3-5 hrs depending on traffic and which part of "so cal" you are referring to
LA - Phoenix - about 6 hrs. same depends on traffic pattern

they probably charge you a higher rate for a hybrid car.
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