Green Prius is surprisingly dog friendly

December 10, 2009 at 5:47 pm Leave a comment

2010_Prius[1]highresIt’s probably just a coincidence that in the same week that global leaders are convening in Copenhagen for the world climate summit, Kim Campbell Thornton, auto reviewer for PetConnection littermate, has completed a week’s test ride in one of the most environmentally friendly vehicles on the market: the 2010 Toyota Prius.

Up to this point, the gasoline-electric hybrid Prius hadn’t been seriously considered as a potential DogCar because its design didn’t fit the typical layout that we look for in a canine carrier. Most DogCars, we surmised, need to have rear portions that are squared-off – not sloping – in order to adequately handle canine crates and dog beds. So the Prius’ long, sloping hatchback was quickly ruled out as a possible DogCar contender because it appears to take away valuable crate space.

However, during her weeklong test drive of the newly redesigned, 2010 Prius, Kim came away pleasantly surprised at the deceptively spacious interior of the highly-popular, four-door hatchback sedan.

I had my doubts about the Prius as a dog car, but like the magical Weasley tent in the Harry Potter series, it has a more spacious interior than its compact appearance suggests.

Kim put the Prius through the test and while she isn’t ready to claim it as the perfect DogCar, she did find it to be more canine friendly than its main hybrid competition, the Honda Insight.

And best of all, she liked not going to the gas station as often as other DogCars. The Prius averages around 50 mpg in both city and highway driving. It is also classified as a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) and, according to Toyota, the Prius:

“. . . is built using processes that reduce emissions in every stage of the vehicle lifecycle, from production and driving, through to eventual disposal and dismantling years down the road.”

That’s news that would even please the Copenhagen crowd.

Read Kim’s full review of the Prius here, and the rest of our vehicle reviews at…

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