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Torture Testing the Toyota Prius

It wasn't supposed to work like this. The point of taking a Toyota Prius to the northernmost community in eastern Canada that you can reach by paved road was to see how well it would perform - indeed, if it would perform - in conditions much more severe than those it had to deal with around our metropolitan Toronto offices. We wanted to head up and out of the comfortable city to the north to find real cold. A quick check of the Internet the week before we set out on a Friday morning, and we couldn't wait: minus-40 degree temperatures with minus-60 wind chills.

Should have my new Prius this weekend. Brief synopsis (Santa Barbara dealer):

Ordered a Package 6 in early November, was told it would take 2 months, then it arrived in about 3 weeks. But something had come up where I was reluctant to part with cash at that time so I took a pass on it. In mid-December, I put myself back on the waiting list, was told 1 month. Hadn't heard anything in a month, so I called in and was told 6 months. Called back the next day and was told 1 month. Last week the salesman told me they have stopped making Package 6, but I could have a Package 8 within a week, so that's what I'm going for. I had some opportunities to buy Package 9's during this wait, but held off.
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