For all our bickering, there are three truths petrolheads the world over agree on:

  1. Ferrari’s V12 is the closest thing we have to a modern-day Ark of the Covenant.
  2. Gordan Murray is an engineering wizard.
  3. The Toyota Prius is an abomination.

However, there is a disturbance in the force.

Toyota recently revealed a new, fifth-generation Prius that—aside from its goldfish-inspired mouth—looks rather agreeable. You could even make a case that it is, dare I say, attractive.

While the last-generation Prius looked like sick poured over a jarring chassis, the new model is more graceful and looks like it was designed by someone with, y'know, functioning eyes. It's cleaner and simpler but not boring-looking either. This is big news.

For years, the Prius has been the poster car for people who refuse to wear deodorant and think quinoa is a major food group. Not anymore. This is the first time I would consider driving a Prius without having a paper bag over my head. But I can't. Because, for some nonsensical reason, Toyota has decided not to send it Down Under.

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