I was not looking to replace my 2007 Prius until a distracted driver rear ended me at 50 mph. Fortunately the Prius protected me and I walked away from a devastating hit. The next day I found a local dealership had a 2014 plug in with 40K miles for $15K out the door. I did not even hesitate on the purchase given my last Prius was bulletproof at 140K miles. One month with my 2014 Prius … Plug In and I am in love all over again. I have a 40 mile commute all highway but I am averaging 63 MPG so far. My employer has a 240V station and I cost out at $.27/charge. The only cons are typically plastic interiors to save weight, no spare (found one locally) and a 14 mile range (good for local errands). I would gladly buy a Prius Prime next but I hope to run this plug in as long as my 2007 Prius sans a distracted driver.
UPDATE - I have had the plug in now for over 6 months. No challenges to date. One rear caliper seized so I replaced and all brake pads (front and back) at the same time. Purchased a new 12V battery because the original was still in the auto. I hook a trickle charger to the fuse box leads during battery change so all settings would not be lost. Otherwise, the Prius Plug In is great!
Now at 80K on the vehicle. No challenges or complaints to date. With COVID I only drive the car once a week to check all systems. I have added a trickle charger to the 12v which protects the battery well. Otherwise I hope my next review is more robust as the pandemic eases. Wishing everyone well during these times.
Update Spring 2021. I have not driven the Prius much during the pandemic. The automobile still functions great with no challenges. I will report back if anything changes as we re-emerge from the crisis and return to a pre-covid environment. I do not think I will be commuting as much as in the past but I will keep the car nonetheless. Wishing everyone well.
Update Spring 2022: I have not driven the car much since last years review. However, since a gallon of gas exceeds $5/gallon the Plug-In Prius is now my go-to car (and my wife even more so). For example, I make short runs for shopping and now I do exclusive driving in electric mode. My wife is of the same mindset. This original Prius Plug In does not give me much range on a charge but for local trips it is excellent since all shopping is within range. I believe I put less than 3 gallons of fuel in the Prius every 2 weeks now - it was a smart purchase in hindsight. In addition, I hooked up a solar panel 1.5 watts in the back and connected to the 12V battery. It appears to keep the battery on a slow trickle charge when I last stress tested the 12V.
The Plug In Prius passed recent PA Inspection with no challenges. My wife plans on driving cross- state in a couple of weeks to see family in Pittsburgh, and we feel confident that she will enjoy the ride in the Prius. The only downside is I bought a full size spare that fits in the trunk (the extended battery takes up the normal wheel well for a spare so one did not come with this model) which will negate some space. But, it was worth the peace of mind to have a full sized spare just in case.
This vehicle is a pleasure to own. I would recommend the Prius Prime now.
Update Fall 2022:
The Plug in Prius now has 93K miles. It is our workhorse, go-to vehicle post-COVID (if we are actually done with COVID).
The car still performs well. One thing of notice is the battery holds a little less mileage when I first bought the car. Just a couple of miles I have noticed so it goes to prove that the battery does degrade over time but just marginally. I still use the electric component just around the neighborhood when running errands and then re-charge when expended. Usually, the power mode (hybrid) is 90% of the driving utilization. Next step - new tires in the spring! Any suggestions are welcome.
All in all, a great purchase and I will plan on a more electrified model if I have a need to replace. Right now, I still enjoy this car.
6/8/23 Update at 98000 miles - Not much driving since I am still remote. We use it mainly for errands now, and we go with electric power only most of the time. On average, I replace three gallons every 2 weeks. We have another auto for long distance driving that is an Acura TL six cylinder for highway cruising. But I digress, the Prius is great. I just bought 4 new tires as dry rot set in on the tires from first purchase 5 years ago, replaced all air filters and did a once a year synthetic oil change. It is a great car. My wife would like (if we need to replace) another plug in hybrid as having the best of both worlds. Fantastic auto!