2013 Toyota Prius Plug-In
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- solid ride, great gas mileage, fun to drive
- all electric range
Purchased As New
This is the best car I've ever owned! I'm getting 80 to 100MPGe on my daily commute. This car is fun to drive too, and with the addition of Carpool stickers in CA, it will be even better.
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- fuel economy, comfort, headlights, headroom
- pockets, cup holders, switching between modes
Purchased As New
My car is about 2 weeks old now. I got a good deal they were running where you get the prius plug in for the same price as the regular Prius. There is no spare tire in this one though because an extra battery pack was needed under the car in the trunk for the plug in part but they have a foam tire kit if you break down. Before this I had a Honda Insight (hybrid) and was very unhappy with it. I almost got turned off from hybrids because of it. I went to look at the Prius C because it was in my price range but when I sat in it in the showroom, I felt claustrophobic. The salesperson, Antwoine Boyd from Toyota Universe on Route 46 East in NJ, showed me the plug in because they were running a deal. When I first sat in it, I hated the look of it. We went for a test drive and Antwoine talked about the car and how it works the whole time which made it a very informative lesson. After 5 min, I was in love with the car! It was nothing like my Honda hybrid (which was a base model) and came with all the upgrades and more. Antwone was so helpful. He was professional and courteous throughout the car leasing process from start to finish and really sold me that car. Every other salesperson at other dealerships were trying to hard to get me to like them, not the car. A guy at Ford even cracked a racist joke. I really hate the car shopping/leasing experience but Antwoine made it easy.
I am getting used to the car but I didnt give some ratings excellents because it's still so new and I just don't know how I will feel in a month. It does feel like a sturdy, safe car but it does feel heavy to drive. I havent really set up Entune yet but I keep Bluetooth on on my phone, so whenever I get in my car with Spotify or Pandora already loaded, it picks up my source and starts playing. Its great! Switching between modes is annoying though and that is the main idea of the car! The buttons should be on the steering wheel but instead they are on the dash console on the other side of the shift. So if you are merging onto a highway and need power mode, you have to take your eyes off the road for a sec to find the button and then again when you are on the highway to put it back in eco mode. Those buttons should be front and center. Other than that I really like this car and feel like I will stay with Prius' for life....read morehide
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- Fuel Economy, roominess, drive train
- Much less storage space, terrible entertainment system
Purchased As New
This is our second Prius, and a bit of a step backwards for Toyota, we think. First off, a lot of the little compartments, map slots, and cup holders are now gone from this vehicle. I miss the various cubby holes from our 2005 Prius, and I have no idea why they would actually take away storage space in ANY car. Crazy.
Then there is the Toyota Entune system, which is in a word, terrible. I don't know who designed this system, but Toyota did its customers a huge disservice by designing this system in. Its buggy, its un-intuitive, it has some major design flaws that make it hard to use and actually makes you angry, like huge volume changes going between sources. Its also so pokey slow that its frustrating to use. Redraws take for ever, which is a huge pain if searching for music on your iPod. I hate this aspect of the vehicle and it really taints the driving experience. If it weren't so heavily integrated with the rest of the car's electronics I would definitely rip it out and put in an aftermarket stereo. It's terrible and in my opinion Toyota should be embarrassed over how bad it is.
That being said, Ford's MyTouch system is supposedly equally bad, and BMW's iDrive is supposedly terrible as well. Why don't these car companies get their entertainment systems right? Sad...
Despite these two objections, we are devoted to Toyota quality and long term value, and after sitting in a Volt I think this is the best plug-in vehicle on the market. Having said that, there is a Ford plugin hybrid coming in a couple of months, and if Ford can nail the quality of the vehicle, then they have nothing to fear from this particular Toyota.
I'm going to see if Toyota can fix all the bugs that are in the Entune system, and if so, I might keep this car... however, if things don't improve, there might be a low mileage plugin Prius on the market......read morehide
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