“My two and a half year-old daughter always thinks that every Prius is daddy’s car.”
- The Ride
- The Driver: Ken
- Vehicle in Question: 2010 Toyota Prius
- Spotted at: Fry’s Electronics, 2311 North Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505
- Odometer: 17,121
Q: Another gray Prius! Do you ever lose track of your car in a parking lot?
A: All the time. My two and a half year-old daughter always thinks that every Prius is daddy’s car.
Q: What is your car’s main use?
A: Going to work and bringing my daughter to daycare. When I have to bring my daughter to daycare, I have to go to the West Side, so it takes me a good hour and a half to get there and come back. Pretty much, yeah. I have to do that a few times a week.
Q: Wow! So what do you do to keep yourself sane behind the wheel?
A: Um, not much. It’s pretty nerve-racking.
Q: If your car had a human emotion, what would it be?
A: That’s funny. Scratchy? I’m finding all these scratches now on my car, which I can’t believe I’m seeing them. It’s impossible to keep your car clean or scratch-free. I was crazy about my car before. Every time I got a little scratch, I would take it in and get it fixed. It’s like, you can’t do that here in L.A.
Q: How did you know you wanted this Prius?
A: Actually, when the Prius first came out with the new body, I thought it looked ridiculous. I never thought in a million years I’d get a Prius. But I used to have a Volkswagen Beetle, which I loved. And having the baby, I realized quickly that having a two-door, really small car was really difficult. I almost got the Honda Insight, but the Prius was bigger. I just thought I’d go with this. It has better gas mileage than the Insight.
Q: How do you feel about your purchase so far?
A: It’s great. I love it! It’s not as unique as I wish my car would be, but it’s a great car. I love it.
Q: Lastly, what’s your general philosophy about driving in L.A.?
A: Be patient. L.A. can’t drive? L.A. drivers suck. I went to Anaheim yesterday and even coming home in the mid-afternoon, you go from going 80 to doing zero. Then finally traffic breaks free and you realize there was no reason for the traffic. That’s maddening!
Photos and interview by Michael Shen, blogger of lacantdrive.com
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