Toyota, a Prius does not make a good sports car.Posted: June 6, 2011
Oh dear Lord. Toyota, please stop the madness. As of today, there is apparently a sports coupe version of the Prius on the way. The crossover was downright ugly—and if the artist’s renderings of this one are anything to go by, this is going to look hideous. Hide yo kids, hide yo wife, and hide yo husbands because Toyota is trying to flood America with the Prius.
The CR-Z has already been looked at as far too much compromise, and despite Toyota’s better reputation with hybrid vehicles, I don’t expect this to sell at all. A hybrid sports car is sort of like peanutless peanut butter—all of the mess and none of what you really like. Although they claim it will be offered with a manual transmission, that doesn’t sway me enough. Toyota’s still too hot and cold right now. And I’m afraid that this is going to hit the cold side of the line with a fairly thundering thud. The Prius is fine as it is (I won’t go into why I don’t like it); but Toyota needs to step away from this car. Just because you have a milk producing cow in your farm does not mean that it has to be milked every hour of every day. Eventually, something will go wrong.
Kind of like this…thing. Toyota, if you want to sell a sports car, how about finally finishing up the FT-86? It looked absolutely stunning at the New York Auto Show this spring, and if that’s any indication, I will gladly put my savings bonds down as a down payment if it drives like it looks.