Before I get started with my post about my experience with my PIP, I'll apologize in advance if this has a tendency to ping-pong around a little or include some off-topic sections. I sometimes have a mine that wanders, and that tends to be the end result. I traded my 2010 Prius 3 for a 2013 PHEV Prius back in March. The Prius was still running great, but with the incentives, tax credit, and 0% financing, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to significantly upgrade my vehicle for roughly the same price as what I paid for my current vehicle. For those wondering, and these are rough figures, $33k for car, $4650 incentive, $2500 tax credit, and 0% financing. Given that I had other outstanding loans, I rolled one into the amount financed because it made financial sense. In the end, it will be just under $26k for the PIP. In April, my new baby was involved in a car accident. Someone not paying attention rear-ended me, which launched me into the vehicle in front of me. A month later, she's all fixed and has been a champ since then, and hasn't even held a grudge about protecting me as her occupant. Makes me wonder if she's planning something unexpected.... I just passed the 5,000 mile mark in October. I felt that was sufficient time spent with the car to provide some positives and negatives, IMO, about the vehicle. Right now, I'm averaging 75% of my driving in EV mode. I absolutely attribute a good amount of this to being able to plug-in at work to top off, and having paid for the L2 charger at home. 1.5 hour full charge vs 4 hour full charge makes a huge difference. That was $1,200 and I believe there's a $300 tax credit available for that, also. Either way, I consider that preparation for future vehicles, even if it's only the 30 AMP charger (3.3kw, I believe). - Obviously, the EV driving to me is a positive, even if right now the cost to "fuel" the vehicle is almost a wash not counting the charge that I get at work. Regular unleaded is roughly 3.25/gal here and retail electric rates around 13c/kw. I know, that can and does fluctuate. Despite having a PV array, I still pull from the grid, so I'm not going to try to spin it at all. Total usage is still total usage. - The seat warmers are awesome, considering that I do a lot of short trips. In the regular Prius, I rarely used the heater because it took most of my drive to warm up. - I don't really use the Entune stuff, but I do still enjoy having the Navigation and the ability to hook up the iPod in the center console. - Overall, the car is very quiet and rides better than the old Prius. The ability to change EV/HV modes is great. If I know that the EV range won't be sufficient for the drive, I'll force to HV mode in the higher speed areas where it's more efficient than EV is. - I also like the rain repellent glass on the side windows - at least, I think that's what it is. It does a good job and has a light tint to it! - The ability to turn on the A/C when it's plugged in, thus not draining the pack as badly as it only has to maintain not drop temperature. Some of the things I wish were better, and I'm sure they'll improve/change in future generations. - The annoying flying bridge center console. While I like having those buttons closer to me while driving, there's gotta be a better way to do that. It really limits what you can store in the "under bridge" area, and puts one of the cup holders right in my natural elbow area when driving. - Also, I notice a good bit of headlight glare off the front windshield. I didn't have this in the old Prius, and can only imagine there was some manufacturing change that's caused it. I get vertical glare off all headlights. - The navigation system, sometimes decides I took an exit when I didn't, or turned on a road when I didn't. I'm not sure why it does this, but it bugs me. I can sort of understand it in areas that under construction with road shifts/new interchanges/etc. but on roads that haven't changed in forever this is annoying. It even starts to re-calculate and then re-calculates again when it realizes I didn't really take that turn/exit. Really, Toyota? I like the graphical aspect better, but this part bugs me. It's like they went with a less reliable GPS chip/sensor/whatever. - The 11mi EV range. I really wish this was 15-20mi, and I know it'll get there in future generations. It just seems to me, that the leader in hybrid "half-assed" this aspect just to have a PHEV. I get it, I'm doing 75% EV even with that range and it's a heck of a fit for my typical driving patterns. However, if running the A/C or in cold weather, that drops by about 20% and now I'm using that much more gasoline. I also understand we all have different driving patterns, weather, etc. - Another item that could help a lot on the cold range, would be pre-warming of the battery pack for cold temperatures, similar to the A/C remote option when plugged in. I just started messing around with the time delay/end charging option. I have it set to END at 9:00AM which is about 20-30 mins before I normally leave for work. I think I'll try to bump this later, in hopes it will start me off with a semi-warm pack. Otherwise, the ICE will come on around roughly 33MPH on cold mornings. I babied it one morning it was in the 30s here, and made it to 42 MPH before that happened. Luckily, I have a traffic light that always seems to be red in the morning that I can cycle the car on/off and I'm good to go the rest of the way in EV. I guess, while I love the car and what it's allowing me to do, there are some small annoyances and things that seemed to be pushed out a little premature. I know some of these will be addressed in future designs, but I wish they would have done more to start. Anyone else notice some of the things I have? Comments, questions? And yes, here's a picture to prove the 75/25 EV/HV split. It's from when I got the car back from the body shop.