2016 Toyota Prius First Drive Review - First Drive Results

Discussion in 'Toyota Prius Family' started by xcel, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. alster

    alster Well-Known Member

    I believe that the Prius, even though the EPA is higher for the Ioniq Hybrid, the Prius is still the winner. Also there is a lot more maintainence cost with the Ioniq, with the mandatory drive belt change every 75,000 miles, and serpentine belt as well. Prius has no belts what so ever, even the Prius engine has a metal chain drive system which requires no replacement interval.

    Now when it comes to a beauty contest I have to admit the Ioniq wins over the Prius.
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  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Alster:

    Regarding the efficiency, Prius probably reigns. Regarding the looks, IONIQ is definitely a better looking vehicle.

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  3. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    That's a dubious "win," as far as long-term costs. Have you checked the prices of the electric coolant pump or electric compressor? Or what happens to the engine when the pump stops working? They don't last forever.
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  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Redyylc94:

    Prius electric pumps and compressors have stood the test of time with many owners going well into the 300 and 400k range without any of those major electro-mechanical failings. Ford's and Chevrolet's have experienced more than there fair share of those pump and compressor failures. Toyota's, not so much.

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  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    HI All:

    A quick vid showing the 2017 Toyota Prius Four Touring's main highlight with something you and I will probably never see again. It did get cut off mid-stream and I continued on in a second short addition with my number one and two shortfall(s).

  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Where it got cut off to the end. A few harsh words to fix the Prius' shortcomings but they are not hard fixes either.

  7. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    The motor/generator serpentine belt is the only drive belt on the Ioniq. I don't know its cost, but I'll bet it's cheaper than the 12V lead-acid battery that Prius owners must replace which the Ioniq doesn't have. The Niro/Ioniq Kappa 1.6 engines have chain driven cams and hydraulic lifters. No maintenance there. To determine total maintenance costs would require a detailed parts cost analysis and their failure rates. Nobody knows that yet for the Ioniq/Niro. However, the most expensive part of the Ioniq, the traction battery, has a lifetime warranty.
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