Better Value Than Regular Prius (After Incentives)
written on 05-25-2014
Has all the Prius pro's and con's. Pro's include excellent packaging, fuel economy, and tech features and drivetrain. Con's include slow acceleration, cheap and easy to scratch interior parts, built to save weight which means less sound deadening. But Toyota is offering $4,000 rebate, 0% financing for 60 months, $0 down and no payments for 90 days, and $2,500 federal tax rebate, and $1,500 California rebate (for CA residents). So in the end, the car costs LESS than a comparably eqipped regular Prius 3. In other words, you get all the Prius 3 features + heated seats + no wheel caps + the possibility of carpool stickers in CA + plug in capability + higher resale value FOR LESS MONEY.
As I have solar panels, I wanted the pleasure of driving on electricity I produce. The plug-in Prius suites my needs perfectly, as its 11-mile range is more than adequate for doing errands in my small city. Buying an all-electric (such as a used Leaf ) was not practical for me because I wanted the option of being able to drive long distances. So far, after owning the Prius for three weeks, I am very pleased with my purchase. I had read reviews of the car and was concerned by car testers' comments that the steering was numb and that the model was no fun to drive. As far as I am concerned, the steering, which is very light, is fine. An unanticipated bonus of having a small but heavy car is that it holds the road very well. I bought the car just for city driving, as I have a Subaru Outback (which I love) for highway driving. However, this Prius is proving so satisfactory that we are planning to drive it on a 500-mile trip. On the 250 trip coming home from where we bought the car, with the battery not charged, I averaged 49.5 mpg. With the mostly city driving I have done since then, I am probably averaging close to 100 mpg. My only complaint is that there is sometimes a faint dash rattle. Since the car is still under warranty, I'm going to see if the dealer can fix that. Otherwise, this is a fine car!
I bought this car used and it's the first time I've ever been in love with a car. I paid a little more for the advanced version because I really wanted power and the vegan version of leather seats, the bigger navigation screen, and the little projected info on my dash as I drive so my eyes don't leave the road.