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California auto buyers favor Toyota
Prius; rest of U.S. prefers trucks

Los Angeles Times, by Jerry Hirsch

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America loves trucks. California? The Prius hybrid. Toyota´s Prius was the best-selling vehicle in the state for the second consecutive year in 2013, highlighting California´s radically different taste in automobiles. Nationally, Ford´s F-Series truck has been the bestselling vehicle for more than three decades. (Snip) The average transaction price of the Prius is higher than what the other passenger cars at the top of California´s list cost, Brauer said. "People are buying the most expensive, the most political and the car with the most identifiable image," he said. "It makes a stronger statement than the other four even though

Shades of "Smug," the classic South Park episode in which crazed enviro-libs brag about driving the greenest edition of the Prius while sniffing their own gas like it´s oxygen.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: kanphil, 2/15/2014 11:57:26 AM     (No. 9733718)

It´s not preference, exactly, it´s peer pressure. My eldest son lives and works in Silicon Valley. He was raised in truck country. When he went to buy a new conveyance, he yielded to peer pressure and bought a bought a Range Rover instead. I chastised him severely.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: billp, 2/15/2014 12:12:05 PM     (No. 9733740)

Well that just about says it all, doesn´t it?

You´ve got your red-blooded Americans and then, in California... you´ve got something else.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Pearson365, 2/15/2014 12:20:05 PM     (No. 9733753)

When you live in a state that belittles established religions, the Prius is your priest, minister, or rabbi.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Miss Lamb Chop, 2/15/2014 12:38:12 PM     (No. 9733783)

I have lived in Silicon Valley my whole life. Our local radio announcer renamed the car the pious since that is how these drivers "feel" about driving these cars. They are the most annoying and inconsiderate drivers. They drive 55 MPH in the fast lane and refuse to move.

I however drive a Chevy Tahoe and Audi A6....Vrrrrm!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: sternben, 2/15/2014 12:42:06 PM     (No. 9733789)

What do you expect from the land of fruits and nuts?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Miss Lamb Chop, 2/15/2014 12:42:26 PM     (No. 9733790)

#1, tell your son to buy what he wants. They are all wimps anyway. I just say I am supporting good union members and small business owners and leave it at that. None of my adult children or their spouses drive them either.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: harper, 2/15/2014 1:08:59 PM     (No. 9733821)

Toyota knows the market and offers free open back chartreuse or pink onsies,a pair of dork glasses AND an Obama bobble head/Michelle O bobble butt combo suitable for shrine use with each one sold.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: provide, 2/15/2014 1:12:24 PM     (No. 9733826)

They all own the complete seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: dragon, 2/15/2014 1:14:49 PM     (No. 9733829)

It´s truly gratifying to crush a Prius in my Hummer2. Or two!

I bet they all have Obama stickers on their bumper.

Also, besides the Aztec is there an uglier car than the Prius?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: grounded, 2/15/2014 1:15:11 PM     (No. 9733830)

Prius is a great buy for the original purchaser. Trade in value is not too attractive, as at around the five year mark it is time to replace the battery pack at a cost of several thousand dollars.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: StephaniePlum, 2/15/2014 1:16:18 PM     (No. 9733833)

Once again I must speak up to fellow LDotters in defense of Californians ((sigh)). Not all of California is like Los Angeles and San Francisco, the areas which are always the focus of major media. In their minds, it´s as if the rest of California doesn´t exist. Vast areas of the state, the truly important parts where agriculture, ranching and logging are prevalent, and there is actual winter weather, most drivers own trucks or four-wheel drive vehicles. I myself drive a Jeep Grand Cherokee, one of the most popular vehicles on the roads (notice I didn´t say freeways, we have real country and mountain roads around here). Please, give those of us in the REAL California some credit. Just because the population centers, and therefore State Government, are overrun with silly Libs doesn´t mean the rest of us in California are clueless. We´re as frustrated as the rest of you about the direction of the country. Now I´ll get off my defend-California soapbox. Thank you for listening.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: grounded, 2/15/2014 1:27:34 PM     (No. 9733846)

My preferred vehicle is a 3/4 ton heavy duty pick-up. At over 3 tons, I figure I´m going to win any confrontation with a Prius or any of those four wheeled other peanut-roasters.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: NancyD, 2/15/2014 1:41:24 PM     (No. 9733862)

Yep, we just purchased our first F150 two weeks ago. It´s a huge 4 door, 4 x 4. Love it.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: killerbee, 2/15/2014 1:59:19 PM     (No. 9733881)

There are a lot of hybrids out here and the reason is gas prices and very little sane public transportation. When your only choice is to spend time in a car on the highway, you´re going to go with something that will save you money at the pump. California is the place to be if you want your hybrid purchase to pay for itself.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 2/15/2014 2:00:44 PM     (No. 9733883)

A Prius is NEVER a smart buy. There are equivalent cars for thousands less, so you typically need to drive the car 100,000 miles before you even break even. And the more gas goes below $4 a gallon, the longer until you break even.

If you don´t drive long commutes, you may NEVER break even. So you have literally thrown money away.

Interestingly, I live outside LA, and I don´t see what would appear to be an inordinate amount of these cars on the road. I was surprised when I learned of the sales.

It really speaks to the stupidity of my neighbors here. Of course, they voted back in Brown, and they voted against a mandatory phone call to parents of a child seeking abortion, so of course they drive a Prius.

To hell with children and embrace the she-god Gaia.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: strike3, 2/15/2014 2:22:46 PM     (No. 9733908)

When you´re crawling along a freeway at 10 mph it doesn´t much matter what kind of mileage your engine gets. Might as well buy something bigger and sit in comfort. The last time I was in the LA area, I tried to get downtown on three different routes and finally gave up.

#6, you actually know a good union member? Wow.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: craige, 2/15/2014 2:29:50 PM     (No. 9733914)

The California everyone refers to, is Coastal California. About 15 - 20% of the land geographically, but 85% population wise. And they rule over the rest of us. Same situation exists in Oregon and Washington.

In Littlerock, Ca. 3/4´s of us have at least 1 truck. I have 2. You just can´t get by without one.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 2/15/2014 2:31:57 PM     (No. 9733916)

I seem to recall that hybrids and electric cars were allowed access to special CA commuter lanes. If still true, that alone could explain Prius popularity.

However, knowing more than a few leftists (I live in a college town) I can appreciate the herd (more like lemming) instinct in these folks.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: juststop, 2/15/2014 3:03:16 PM     (No. 9733938)

In Los Angeles,Prius queens are generally the most obnoxious drivers on the road.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: caljeepgirl, 2/15/2014 3:31:00 PM     (No. 9733956)

What #11 said. My old Jeep Wrangler sticks out like a sore thumb in my neighborhood. ´Course I keep it in the garage at night....don´t want to tempt fate!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Hotcorner, 2/15/2014 4:46:18 PM     (No. 9734013)

Prius is an uneconomical buy for people who care what people think about them. Here in Nevada, they are Big Wussies!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Videodrone, 2/15/2014 5:06:09 PM     (No. 9734031)

Still driving a 15 year old 3/4 ton diesel the only problem is parking in SF or down the peninsula in sillydotcom

Prius? you mean those moving Botts Dotts?
bit more of a bump but not too much

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Hoosier, 2/15/2014 5:13:22 PM     (No. 9734040)

Just bought a big V-8 F-150. Here in the redneck part of Florida, where I live now, I feel like I´m driving a subcompact!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 2/15/2014 5:58:26 PM     (No. 9734078)

We rented a car recently, and the only sedan they had available was a Prius. We balked, but accepted it because the other choices were so poor. The next day we took it back. It was like driving a kiddy-car, with a weird split rear window, and a funny little gearshift like no other car. And it had the pick-up of a golf cart.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: dvc, 2/16/2014 12:37:52 AM     (No. 9734304)

Prius is totally uneconomical, way too much money up front, payout is nearly forever. Only economic ignoramuses would buy one. . . . . which is exactly what libtards are - all their idiot ideas are uneconomical, breaking down the system.

At least they waste mostly their own money on Priuses.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: franq, 2/16/2014 6:09:28 AM     (No. 9734370)

Anyone who purchases a vehicle to make a "stronger statement" is to be pitied.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: No Representation in CA, 2/16/2014 8:13:55 PM     (No. 9735179)

Totally agree with #11. We are a Grand Cherokee and F150 family. I would walk before being caught dead in a Prickus.

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