We've known for a year that we needed a smaller car because we always feel like we're guzzling gas with our van when it's just the two of us going places. We do need to still keep our van for our house construction but for everyday... what to buy? We tossed it back and forth like we usually do and decided to go with a Honda Fit. It's such a cute little car. I thought it was great!
Then our son reminded us that we needed to be conscious of our environment and think about getting a hybrid. We test drove a 2010 Toyota Prius today.
Our salesperson, Rocky who coincidentally lives rather close to us took us to a hill to see how the engine would charge the batteries when we were going down and in effect be getting a 100 miles a gallon... or was it a thousand? I don't remember.
There was a white Prius in the showroom which for some reason costs more than the silver. We decided against getting white because everybody in Hawaii seems to get white to reflect the strong sunlight. However, I'd never be able to find it in a parking lot with all the small white cars around. That's why I loved my lavender Camry. I could always spot it and nobody...NOBODY wanted to steal it. :-) We gave that car to our macho firefighter son who is NOT enamored of the color.
So there you have it! We've done our part for the environment and the economy although it's cost us a lot of green by going green.