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Jalopnik groks EcoModder: "The 2016 Toyota Prius Is An Enthusiast's Car"

I was a fan of Jason Torchinsky's writing long before he posted today's 2016 Prius preview, in which he totally nails the ethos of us efficiency enthusiasts who hang around here...

The Prius is a car for car enthusiasts who are interested in fuel economy/efficiency as their primary goal. Efficiency is an aspect of a car just as much as lateral acceleration is. For most of our readers, it’s not nearly as interesting, but I’m not going to stifle anyone’s interest in cars just because it doesn’t line up with my inane interests.
You gotta give him credit for making this case to a traditional performance car / enthusiast audience.

He even mentions ecomodding! (Though by the wrong name... but I concede defeat trying to clarify ecomodding vs. hypermiling.)

So, a Prius is like a sportscar of efficient cars—and I don’t mean that it’s fast. Compare it this way: what a Volkswagen GTI is to a rallycross car with a full cage, etc., what a Prius is to one of those crazy hypermiler Geo Metros with the home-made wheelskirts and huge teardrop tail. It’s a practical, usable, everyday version of that particular class of car — a GTI is quick and handles well, much less than a rallycross car, but you can use it to get groceries, and the Prius has the same relationship to the extreme hypermiler car.
Read the full review... and many of Torchinsky's other ones. They're generally really good.

Jalopnik: The 2016 Toyota Prius Is An Enthusiast's Car

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