I wrote about the 2011 Prius. That car lives in Vermont. I bought it used. Mike and I had intended to buy a small car to leave in Florida. Our ideas about exactly what constitutes a small car differed, so had Mike lived, the Prius would never have passed the start up gun and the checkered flag.
Anyway, I liked the Prius and thought it made a much more practical main vehicle for me. I ended up driving the Ford Taurus X, a car that had served us well when we had lots of stuff to haul around for various reasons, to Florida in the fall of 2013 and leaving that there.
The following summer I flew to Florida with my grandkids and we drove back in the big Ford. I realized I no longer needed such a big car and the price of gas, the low gas mileage, and my long time preference for small pushed me over the edge. I bought a used 2013 Ford Focus in the fall of 2014 and drove it to Florida that winter, where it has been ever since.
Google images (but just like what I have/had):
the Ford Focus
In spite of the fact that they look a lot alike, the Prius and the Focus are very different in how they drive. The learning curve when I make the switch tends to be steep each time.
The Prius key stays in my purse and I push a button to start it. I have to dig the Focus key out of my bag and insert it to start up. All the interior controls and the gas tanks are on opposite sides. The Prius has a backup camera. The Focus has backup blind spots in disturbing number. The Prius is a hybrid, the Focus strictly gas engine.
The Focus is lighter and a lot zippier. I am not saying it would make the ultimate getaway car (see previous post) or that it is sporty, but it is more fun to drive and more responsive.
So in a few short weeks, I will be going through the agony of having to change driving habits once again. I know, poor me.
I really do wish I were more like Linda on her Bag Lady Blog and be more gratefully philosophical.