We’re getting some work done on the van this week. A lot of work, considering it’s a 2005 Toyota. Replacing one sliding door. Replacing the latch on another door. Doing the brakes, again. Pulling the whole front end apart to replace both hub joints or something. We’ll defer the catalytic converter replacement until next time. Routine servicing on top of all this.
Anyway, the dealership is 90 minutes away and some of the work involves co-ordinating with a body shop, so it’s going to take a while and they promised me a courtesy car for the week. This is the car they gave me, the one with the EVA license plate.
They are definitely on to something using Priuses (Prii?) as courtesy cars. Yeah, I feel like a mobile billboard, but I’m in love. I’m wandering around intoning “Eva” just like Wall-E in the movie. I take people for rides. I brag at the convenience store about my loaner and how much I love it. I take perverse delight in putting $20 in gas in the tank and knowing it’ll last me the whole week, including the trips back and forth to Nelson.
Our Sienna has its limitations. It has little ground clearance, and it doesn’t have AWD. The Prius doesn’t address either of those concerns. But it does get double the gas mileage. And it is so freaking cool! It has a power button and proximity security rather than an ignition key-switch. It has satellite radio and a direct connection for my iPod. It is dead silent. It has a back-up camera and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.