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2018-01-12 08:27:53 AM  
"I didn't even know a Prius could hold up in nothing like that," he said.

I think Toyota just found their new Prius ad campaign and spokesperson.
 
2018-01-12 08:41:03 AM  
Smug.
 
2018-01-12 08:55:16 AM  
Fake. No black person has ever driven a Prius.
 
2018-01-12 09:51:14 AM  
I doubt it's ever gone that fast before.
 
2018-01-12 09:53:18 AM  
Bummer this is going to really be upsetting to Bella Thorne if she gets inconvienced by it.  Poor girl.
 
2018-01-12 09:54:05 AM  
That's the fastest Prius I have ever seen.
 
2018-01-12 09:56:39 AM  

Sorelian's Ghost: Bummer this is going to really be upsetting to Bella Thorne if she gets inconvienced by it.  Poor girl.


Who?

/and why should we care?
 
2018-01-12 09:57:59 AM  

AntonChigger: Sorelian's Ghost: Bummer this is going to really be upsetting to Bella Thorne if she gets inconvienced by it.  Poor girl.

Who?

/and why should we care?


From the Entertainment tab and I don't believe anyone is mandating that you care.
 
2018-01-12 10:03:30 AM  
Who starts a news broadcast with "yo, you guys"?
 
2018-01-12 10:06:36 AM  
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2018-01-12 10:06:39 AM  
It's like the hill threw up.  I'm sure it feels better after coughing up the Prius.
 
2018-01-12 10:06:55 AM  
I bet there was also a mudslide happening inside the car.
 
2018-01-12 10:07:51 AM  
did he break the old record or is this a new record ?
 
2018-01-12 10:07:59 AM  

Sorelian's Ghost: AntonChigger: Sorelian's Ghost: Bummer this is going to really be upsetting to Bella Thorne if she gets inconvienced by it.  Poor girl.

Who?

/and why should we care?

From the Entertainment tab and I don't believe anyone is mandating that you care.


Yeah I get that, but who's Bella Thorne? Is she that author who wrote California the Beautiful?
 
2018-01-12 10:09:27 AM  
Like Quagmire said, driving a Prius does't make you Jesus Christ.
 
2018-01-12 10:12:11 AM  
Should have bought a Canyonero

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2018-01-12 10:12:11 AM  
It's like a kernel of corn - riding it out on the tsunami of a Taco Bell value meal exiting its human host.
 
2018-01-12 10:16:25 AM  

LewDux: [i.imgur.com image 312x234]


I wonder what happened to this person.
 
2018-01-12 10:19:23 AM  

ukexpat: I doubt it's ever gone that fast before.


0 to 111 mph in 56 seconds, tested on the Autobahn.  Then they ran into traffic. No idea if it can go faster.  How fast do you typically require your fuel efficient family sedans to go?
 
2018-01-12 10:19:56 AM  
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2018-01-12 10:20:23 AM  
How do you get mud to slide inside a Prius?

/Someone has to be the asshole.
 
2018-01-12 10:22:12 AM  

foo monkey: Fake. No black person has ever driven a Prius.


good for sneaking up on mothafucka's
Youtube R8mjIcTqLTk
 
2018-01-12 10:24:23 AM  
"Firefighters record man being swept away by mudslide in his Prius"

There was a mudslide inside his Prius?  Is that a factory option or a dealer only extra?
 
2018-01-12 10:25:21 AM  

Gary-L: foo monkey: Fake. No black person has ever driven a Prius.

[Youtube R8mjIcTqLTk image 480x270][Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/R8mjIcTq​LTk]


So true.  I used to sneak up on people walking down the middle of the parking lot, blocking traffic.  Unfortunately, they added the fake whoosh sound to the new model.  No more sneaky.  :(
 
2018-01-12 10:27:00 AM  
That's one way to get Heineken out of the neighborhood.
 
2018-01-12 10:29:19 AM  

Ker_Thwap: ukexpat: I doubt it's ever gone that fast before.

0 to 111 mph in 56 seconds, tested on the Autobahn.  Then they ran into traffic. No idea if it can go faster.  How fast do you typically require your fuel efficient family sedans to go?


Quick is better than fast
 
2018-01-12 10:30:10 AM  
mmmmm mudslide
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2018-01-12 10:30:31 AM  

LewDux: [i.imgur.com image 312x234]


fark that. I would shiat my pants.
 
2018-01-12 10:32:55 AM  
Leave it to a prius driver to be doing the dumbest thing possible on the road
 
2018-01-12 10:33:57 AM  
Not surprised.  My '02 Prius has been the best car I've ever owned.  I'm hoping to get 300K out of the thing.
 
2018-01-12 10:34:49 AM  

Ker_Thwap: ukexpat: I doubt it's ever gone that fast before.

0 to 111 mph in 56 seconds, tested on the Autobahn.  Then they ran into traffic. No idea if it can go faster.  How fast do you typically require your fuel efficient family sedans to go?


I travel about 70 miles round trip when I go into my office. I see a lot of Prius drivers doing 80+ in the passing lane on 495 (3 lane hwy). Seems counterproductive to be driving a hybrid that hard.
 
2018-01-12 10:35:55 AM  

mikaloyd: Leave it to a prius driver to be doing the dumbest thing possible on the road


I'm curious as to what you think the "smart" move would have been in his situation. He was evacuating the area, as instructed, when he saw it coming in his rearview mirror.
You would have done.........what?
 
2018-01-12 10:36:59 AM  
Should have rolled his windows up.
 
2018-01-12 10:38:43 AM  

LewDux: [i.imgur.com image 312x234]


That needs a:
Nope.
NOPE
NOPE

/
would make quite the meme
 
2018-01-12 10:39:16 AM  
Smug won't keep you afloat in mud.  Just imagine his final thoughts about he how tried to save the environment and it turned on him.

/it really is terrible
//ironical but terrible.
 
2018-01-12 10:42:17 AM  

litespeed74: mmmmm mudslide
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Mudslide!

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2018-01-12 10:42:36 AM  

Revek: Smug won't keep you afloat in mud.  Just imagine his final thoughts about he how tried to save the environment and it turned on him.

/it really is terrible
//ironical but terrible.


He and his passenger were unhurt, and his car undamaged.
 
2018-01-12 10:47:14 AM  
Eh, I've seen worse.
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2018-01-12 10:47:37 AM  
Wow. Just saw the video.
I can't imagine being in that situation.
Would have been an achievement not to have a mudslide of my own.
 
2018-01-12 10:52:10 AM  

jso2897: Revek: Smug won't keep you afloat in mud.  Just imagine his final thoughts about he how tried to save the environment and it turned on him.

/it really is terrible
//ironical but terrible.

He and his passenger were unhurt, and his car undamaged.


This. Jesus, I know it's Fark and all, but at least skim the farking article. He was driving down the street and the mudslide "followed" him. It's shown clearly in the goddam video. All you gotta do is use your eyes.
 
2018-01-12 10:53:35 AM  
These hypermilers are really taking things up a notch.

Also taking it up a notch? The anti-Prius assholes in this thread.

/not a Prius driver
 
2018-01-12 10:59:30 AM  

gabethegoat: These hypermilers are really taking things up a notch.

Also taking it up a notch? The anti Prius-assholes in this thread.


FTFY
 
2018-01-12 11:01:57 AM  
My take on the prius, as an owner of a gen 2.
The Good:
-it has always started in cold weather in the 10 years I've had it (I believe it's because it uses the high voltage batteries to start the engine instead of a standard 12v which, in the Prius, only starts a computer)
-You can leave the car on with heat or AC, lock it,  and it will only turn the engine on as needed.   This is nice when you need to run into the store in extreme weather and the dogs are in the back. Just make sure passersby know the climate control is on.
-The trunk area is perfect for putting our dogs in so they aren't in our lap while we are driving. it's perfectly sized for a dog bed.
-The back seats fold down so you can use it for hauling smallish things.  They are also pretty roomy (I think I read they are as spacious as a crown victoria)
-Efficiency is obviously pretty good which saves money.

The Bad
-The gen 2 has a rubber bladder fuel tank.  Which means it's capacity varies a lot (> 1gallon) depending on the ambient temperature.  they removed this from gen 3
-The traction control sucks. but it sucks on all cars that have it.  Basically it cuts acceleration when it detects slippage.  Which is great unless you're stopped and trying to turn onto a road from icy conditions and there's a car coming or trying to drive up an icy driveway.  Really it's just something to get used to. it has front wheel drive so it doesn't necessarily get stuck very easily.  It also has a tow point on the front, so ti's easy to pull out of the ditch.
-Acceleration isn't the greatest, but I've had worse (or equal) on non-hybrids.
 
2018-01-12 11:02:27 AM  
With his girlfriend screaming at the top of her lungs, Franklin managed to get some traction and maneuver the car to the bottom of the hill

"Quit yelling, woman."
"I'M HELPING YOU NAVIGATE!"
 
2018-01-12 11:02:46 AM  

Ker_Thwap: ukexpat: I doubt it's ever gone that fast before.

0 to 111 mph in 56 seconds, tested on the Autobahn.  Then they ran into traffic. No idea if it can go faster.  How fast do you typically require your fuel efficient family sedans to go?


I belive the gas engine in a Prius is the same as a Corolla, so top speed is likely higher than one because the Prius is more aerodynamic.
 
2018-01-12 11:03:18 AM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: jso2897: Revek: Smug won't keep you afloat in mud.  Just imagine his final thoughts about he how tried to save the environment and it turned on him.

/it really is terrible
//ironical but terrible.

He and his passenger were unhurt, and his car undamaged.

This. Jesus, I know it's Fark and all, but at least skim the farking article. He was driving down the street and the mudslide "followed" him. It's shown clearly in the goddam video. All you gotta do is use your eyes.


Why bother.  I get corrected on here all the time, even if I'm right.  I had this grand dream that some Prius driving douche got killed by global warming and now its ruined it with the truth.  Can't I get a little fake news up in here.
 
2018-01-12 11:13:35 AM  

foo monkey: Fake. No black person has ever driven a Prius.


It was stolen.
 
2018-01-12 11:15:24 AM  

squidloe: Ker_Thwap: ukexpat: I doubt it's ever gone that fast before.

0 to 111 mph in 56 seconds, tested on the Autobahn.  Then they ran into traffic. No idea if it can go faster.  How fast do you typically require your fuel efficient family sedans to go?

I travel about 70 miles round trip when I go into my office. I see a lot of Prius drivers doing 80+ in the passing lane on 495 (3 lane hwy). Seems counterproductive to be driving a hybrid that hard.


Not really, the Prius has a pretty small CdA so if you want to drive fast with minimal fuel usage it's still a good pick. It's not as fuel efficient at 80mph as it is at 60-65 but it's still more efficient than pretty much any vehicle traveling the same speed.
 
2018-01-12 11:21:25 AM  
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Al Gore's kid got his Prius over 100 mph when he got busted.
 
2018-01-12 11:22:33 AM  

firegoat: Ker_Thwap: ukexpat: I doubt it's ever gone that fast before.

0 to 111 mph in 56 seconds, tested on the Autobahn.  Then they ran into traffic. No idea if it can go faster.  How fast do you typically require your fuel efficient family sedans to go?

I belive the gas engine in a Prius is the same as a Corolla, so top speed is likely higher than one because the Prius is more aerodynamic.


Yeah, but the prius has to weigh a ton more to offset that.
 
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