Ahh, so your prior Ford experience was actually a Mazda. (:
Interesting. I had a 2002 Prius, the same generation as your 2002. I LOVED that car's tight turning radius. It could just about do a U-turn in a single lane.
I never had any complaints about that car's handling.
I found my 2004(the next gen) to be similarly fine. Though in high winds on the highway there were times when it felt a bit darty. It had a smaller turning radius though.
The C-Max has a smaller turning radius yet and while I don't have any problems with the handling, I do recall it taking some getting used to and I think it still feels like the most "darty" yet. I know it's supposed to have sportier handling than the Prius, and I'm no stranger to performance suspension on some of my earlier cars, but I just doesn't instill confidence in me. But like I said, overall I've no problems with it.
I had forgotten, but there were some bad steering racks on those 1.5G Prius'. I wonder if there was something making yours a bit twitchy? Or for that matter, have you ever replaced the struts and springs?
Hello Levi Smith,
Just to clarify, I don't have any problem with the car's turning radius. I really like that attribute, it can make a U-turn on a two lane road with feet to spare. The steering ratio is a different matter. Two rotations of the steering wheel take it from one stop to the other, as opposed to three for most cars. So the amount that the front wheels turn for a given sweep of the steering wheel is 50% greater than the majority of vehicles on the road.
I'm not saying this is wrong, bad, or even detrimental. That's a value judgement, and also a matter of taste. If a pack of tissues falls on the floor and you decide to reach for it, you need to be aware that the tiny amount that the wheel moves in your other hand is going too have greater consequences than it would in your wife's car, or the one you rented in Austin last month. I don't notice it on local trips around town, but it makes long drives in bad weather more fatiguing.
I started looking online for a car buyer's broker today, to see if it could make getting a car from out of state less of a hassle. Turns out that's very hard to find using web searching. A lot of car dealers call themselves brokers, and they fill up many pages of results. Does anyone know how to look for them?
Thanks again, very much.