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great looking car, I prefer the honda look over the Toy-yoda look. They were trying too hard to look different and that set them up to be a target. you don't see Ford Escape hybrid backlash.
 

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I was thinking that the new Jetta TDI is more comparable to the Honda Insight than the Prius. Here's why:

Honda and VW tend to make more driver oriented cars. Lighter feeling, more tossable, better styling.

Similar price: a base TDI sedan is $20k since you can buy them at invoice (and under invoice), so is a base Insight.

Fuel economy: mid 40s is expected.

Prius is more dowdy, more expensive, more image, and more controversial.
 

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True but the average person thinks diesel = dirty and sooty, hybrid = clean and Al Gore.

And I heard Toyota will make a smaller hybrid based on one of their cheaper cars to compete with the insight. Putting that drivetrain into a smaller car should really equal more mpg!
 

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That's why they need to bring back light small cars. You can't ignore the laws of physics. You don't need massive horsepower to drive well, a 90 horsepower mkiii Jetta is proof enough of that.
 
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