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Why Car Guys Loathe The Toyota Prius

I was once told that if I wanted to be a true car guy that I would embrace all forms of automotive creativity. I once shuddered at this, but have come to realize that through failure, we breed success. Here is why I believe "car guys" loathe the Toyota Prius.
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The year was 2000, I was sitting in my high school auto shop class listening to something that I thought was absolutely as silly as could be. My teacher was telling us about the future of automobiles. It was the official announcement of the Toyota Prius coming to the states.

I remember his words like it was yesterday. "I just don't see this technology going anywhere." but, that was not all he said. Spoken like a true car guy he also said, " I appreciate the direction that the industry is trying to go." That was the end of it.

Like it or not, there have been many instances in automotive history that have made people cringe at what was "new". So, why is the Prius any different? In fact, Torque News reporter John Goreham polled Toyota Prius owners to see what else was in their garage. The results were eye-opening.

Car Guys Loathe The Prius, Here Is Why

If I am going to stereotype I will have to do this in two ways to explain why average car guys loathe the Toyota Prius. First, the red blooded, V8 engine loving, gas guzzling, mud throwing, tire smokin, 'Merican male, would have you believe that there literally is no replacement for displacement. This type of car is the one that is attached to "his/her" brand and makes sure that every knows it. The "Mopar or no car" crowd would have you believe that fuel sippin' 4 cylinders are for wimps and tree huggers. So, if it is not drinking fuel it cannot be a good car to drive. Which simply is just not true.

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Car guys hate this in the Prius because they think it is an insult on their man hood. Car guys also think that Prius, because it is an eco car means that they have to consider the environment, and change their habits from the steak eating, beer drinking man of men they are. All of which is again, false.

Another interesting stereotype that surround Toyota Prius, is that the people that drive them are slow moving, teva wearing, granola eating, dog loving, people that just are completely disconnected from the rest of the world when they are in their cars. Sadly, these intense thoughts have led to that have only separated us.

Between these two extremes we find that Type A or the 'Merican muscle lovin drivers, just cannot stand Type B or the eco lovers, simply due to their views. It is utterly ludicrous, to think this way, but alas, not everyone is as mature. Really what it comes down to is that these stereotypes have created a massive and incorrect stigma surrounding a iconic piece of history.

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Simply put car guys loathe the Prius because it is causing change that goes against the typical American car. Even though the Prius has plenty of power, and it really has changed the way our new cars have been able to make even more horsepower. It is a just a stigma that probably will not die until those who think it, do.

Conclusion on Why Car Enthusiasts Don't Like Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius is what it is, despite whether "true" car guys like it or not. A true car guy, like my highschool teacher, may not ever own one, but he certainly can appreciate the technology for what it is and what it gives us.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading about the Prius being a historical icon in our future. Check out my other story Why the first generation Prius is better than either generation Nissan Leaf.

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See you in the next story where I am discussing why the Toyota Prius AWD-e is the best one yet.

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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He is an automotive technology instructor at Columbia Basin College. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter.


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Car guys loathe the Prius to the same extent and in the same way we loathe Teslas. First, Prius fans and Tesla fans are virtually as arrogant as BMW drivers were for a number of years. Second, neither are what could be considered "driver's cars"; they're built to save the planet. Being a car guy necessarily means that you don't really give a hoot about being green. And don't whine about how Teslas are fast, because it doesn't matter and real car guys don't care.
Maybe true. I am not a car guy and I own a Prius. I am 66 years old and have owned a Volkswagen, two Mazdas, a Subaru and now the Prius. Those are the only cars I have ever owned. All were bought new and driven, on average, for about 10 years. The worst of these was the VW and my 10 year old Prius is the best. I view cars as useful for getting me from point A to B at minimal cost with reasonable comfort, and nothing more. I have never paid more the 26K for a new car and I haven’t paid any loan interest for @about 30 years. I also eat quiche, like little hairy animals, want to protect the environment and I sometimes and enjoy white wine.
I own a 2008 Toyota Prius Hybrid.and am not a tree hugging dirt worshiper. But it is nice to get 47 miles to the gallon of gas. However. It is only common sense that should tell us that the more we selfishly destroy the planet without giving a damn, we won't have quality of life left to enjoy and i don't believe not caring about such things makes u a car guy or man's man. Just makes u ignorant and dead inside.
I'd argue that Tesla's are built to be fun to drive cars first with a bonus of being green because of the nature of the drivetrain.
Quite the ignorant response. Did you ever think people drive the Prius because they commute and don't want to spend a million dollars on gas just to get to work? That's why I do. I throw aluminum cans in the garbage can just like the next guy. Nothing arrogant about driving a car that saves you money!
Actually as a car guy, I love my Prius! Best car I've ever had.
I have a mustang cobra, and a 2019 Prius. And no male insecurities. Both are great cars. Wasting gas is not macho.
Last car was a bmw 330xi 6 speed manual, my 2018 prius prime is just as fun to drive (large battery mid car, handles well!) and I’ve only filled it was has three times in 12000 miles
2009 Prius owner here with 160K miles. I've owned a '76 Comet, '84 Subaru, '90 Escort, 2001 Chevy Malibu, '94 F150 and 2002 BMW. Loved the power of the BMW, the use of the F150 (hauled stuff when I flipped properties) but hands down the Prius is the best car I've owned and continue to own. The last 3 vehicle, including the Prius were bought used and with cash. I average 53mpg with the Prius in the summer and it gets be from point A to point B. Why do I say that? Well after averaging 23 miles per hour with my commute to work in the BMW and its lack of gas mileage, I decided the Prius could get the same miles per hour with much better gas mileage. Oh yeah. I eat steaks, make my own beer, might have a shot of bourbon tonight and I turn pens.
I am a "Car Guy" and have been one since I was 10 years old. Car guys look at a Prius as a four door appliance that moves people around. I have never owned a Prius but I have ridden in them and driven them and they did not inspire me to own one. I have owned and driven Corvettes, Mustangs, F-150's and others that I have really enjoyed. If fuel economy and reliability are your main criteria for owning a people moving appliance then by all means go for a Prius. However, for car guys like me there is more to driving than saving a few bucks moving from one place to another.
why people who like Prius couldnt care less whether Car guys loathe Prius: - we dont enjoy talking with car guys or have any desire to - dont care what their opinions are - dont care if car guys feel threatened when people dont pay attention to them - are perfectly capable of deciding what we like on our own - know that everyone pays taxes and uses public resources, If Prius people pay less tax than car lovers, we also use fewer public resources like clean air. - just generally find car guys irrelevant