Motor/Mouth is a bi-weekly series all about WFMU staffer's rides, whether motorized or non, private vehicle or public transportation, new and fuel-efficient or old and ready for the junk heap: everyone's got to get to the station one way or another.
Main form of transportation: 2007 Toyota Prius, 23K miles, purchased Sep. 2007 at Toyota of Caldwell.
What made you pick it? Good mileage (duh!). Didn't make rattling sounds like previous car ('94 Saturn SL1). Was much less expensive than first-choice car (Lexus ES350), but still had a cool high-tech vibe that made up for the lack of leather seats and burled wood.
Your nickname for it: "The car," as in "Hey, I'm taking the car to the store. You want anything? Really? Nothing? You sure? Well tell me now, because I don't want to have to make two trips like last time … Right, got it. Hey, aren't we low on milk, too? Well, check then. I'll get that, too. Skim, right? OK. Bye." (We just have one car.)
How much longer will you keep it? About 10 years.
Favorite thing about it: Ridiculous amount of leg room in the back seat. It's like a Lincoln Town Car back there, but still has the same overall length (i.e., easy to park) as our old Saturn. Also: Driving in near-silent electric mode, a.k.a. stealth-ninja mode, which frequently startles peds who don't look first before jaywalking. And it's cool to not be pointlessly burning gas when you stuck at a long light or in creepy-crawly traffic.
Least favorite thing about it: I wish it was two inches wider. I wish I could see better out the back window and didn't need the supercool dashboard video screen that works as a display for the rear-mounted back-up video camera.
Rate your satisfaction level from 1 – 10: Oh, hard 8.
What is your dream form of transportation? Magical luxury-appointed limo-bus that shows up when you want it and takes you nonstop to your destination quickly and quietly at minimal expense. I'd go for that.