Hide Your Kids, Hide Your Wife: Unstoppable Prius Out-sells Camry, Ford F-Series Trucks

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Do Jalopnik readers need any bigger of a sign that the world is ending than the Toyota Prius being a bigger seller than the Camry and the Ford F-series?

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Don't worry, it's only in tree-hugging, import-loving California. For now, though.

The Los Angeles Times reported this week that the entire Prius line – that's the hatch, the Prius V, Prius C and Prius plug-in – was the best-selling nameplate through the first 9 months out of the year in the Golden State, as 46,380 have been sold through September.

All of this is a matter of national concern, though. Look around and these insipid half-electric things are everywhere, sneaking up on people and almost running them over. Forget West Nile Virus, cab drivers with hybrids are the biggest threat to humans.

Even more of a sign the Prius is not a niche car anymore: there are lots in California with "Romney Ryan 2012" stickers. Crazy, I know.

Like the nation's best-selling car, the Toyota Camry, the Prius is becoming considered by all sorts of buyers – young and old, liberal or conservative, single people or families with dogs. This must stop. Prii might get good fuel economy, but you just told us ways to get better economy without sacrificing good handling, interior quality, styling, image, etc.

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Just this week, I overheard someone thinking about trading in a newer BMW 5-series for a Prius C because "the mileage was so good." I had to jump in and suggest otherwise.

Do your job as a car enthusiast and stop people from buying a Prius. If economy is a must, get a diesel or some other car with 40+ MPG. If they like the look of the Prius C, tell him or her otherwise and show them pictures of good-looking cars. Suggest a motorcycle even. (No, don't do that.)

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If the Prii have already taken over California, who knows what they'll take over next?

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Cloud81918

I don't own one, but Prii are performance cars and I like them. Sure they aren't what we normally consider performance cars, but being designed and built to maximize fuel consumption they are a performance car in many respects. I think that they are many times better than a beige Camry; because at the end of the day it is a car that tries. While the car may not be the favorite of many, it has proven to manufacture that people will pay for MPG cars, and they don't have to be cheap shitty cars either. Because of the Prius we have 40MPG gas cars.

And while diesel sounds like a solid option it really is a pretty crappy one. Only a few manufactures have diesels. Diesel fuel is imported and expensive. Plus the cars themselves are expensive.

I think the hate for Prii needs the stop and let the honesty speak for itself. The Prius has a large production pollutant impact. It uses semi-rare and rare materials in its construction. But past that is is a great car for many reasons and it is a car that is beneficial to a market even for people who don't want a hybrid.