February 12, 2006

We Got It!

The Toyta Prius, that is. It's seriously awesome. I mean beyond awesome. It's awesome-awesome. It's so awesome it makes awesome look, um, not as awesome. Right.

Anyway, it's "Seaside Pearl" which is a bizarre way of saying "Medium Blue." The colors on the Toyota site (hover over the blue one) is a bit darker than the actual car but it's a great color.

It's a hybrid, which means it has a gasoline and electric engine. It's got all kinds of cool gee gaws. We got Option Package #7 which has mind-blowing features, most notably the GPS navigation system (it talks to you!) and a backup camera. I also really like the automatic dimming rearview mirror and the auxiliary audio jack that allows us to hook the iPod directly into the car's stereo system.

It's also got a Smart Key system which you have to see to believe (play the demo). Basically the key fob is a transponder that allows you to open the door, start the car, and drive away without ever having to take the key out of your pocket (you push a Power button to start the car). We're still working out the details of that system (we haven't quite figured out how exactly to best utilize this technology) but it's very cool.

And it's completely as quiet as a mouse. You can totally sneak up on a dog without their knowing you pulled up in front of the house. Kevin took it out last night and came back and Scout and Digory were flabbergasted when he walked in the door.

Posted by Shelby at February 12, 2006 08:22 PM

Oh my god, now I want one!! How cool is it to drive down the street without needing keys? Of course, then that works against you because you'll always be forgetting your keys in the door now. ;-P
Can't wait to see pics of the beagles in the new Hybrid Hunde-mobile. Rock on! :-)

Posted by: staz at February 13, 2006 10:18 AM
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