ok, this is going to sound crazy to a lot of people..
...but i am totally excited about getting a Prius. I put a deposit on one a few weeks ago, not sure when I actually get it.
Yes, the Porsche was super fun to drive, and I'm sure the Prius is gonna feel sluggish as hell... BUT:
1) I get to drive in the carpool lane (anyone living in California understands what a big deal that is!! no $271 fines for me..)
2) It's good for the environment
3) Over the almost 4 years I've had the Porsche, it has been to the shop for defects about 6 or 7 times. This includes having the engine replaced twice. TWICE!! Even if I drove the engine hard, which I don't, I wouldn't expect to replace it even once. Porsche takes really good care of people when things go wrong, which is why I figure they get really high customer satisfaction ratings, but the truth is, I'd rather things just not go wrong to begin with.
So, I'm going back to Toyota for now. I had my parent's old Camry forever, and that thing wouldn't die, no matter how poorly I treated it. Seriously, I wish my relationships were that steady and reliable ;) Yea I know the car isn't as stylish, but I still think it's HOT in its own way.
Not sure what I'm gonna do with the Porsche now. If I end up trading it in, given that its warranty period is almost over, I'd hate to be the one to buy it used!