Hot Deal – New 2020 Toyota Prius Prime LE for $16,529 + TTL

Discussion in 'In the News' started by xcel, Feb 12, 2020.

  1. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    And now a $4,500 rebate for a 2020 Toyota Prius Prime purchase from NY State. What other car can you purchase for < $16k brand new? Any car let alone a $30k Prime? WOW!!!

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    Wayne
     
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  2. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Let’s see. The 4 used tires, now giving better performance on our Hyundai Accent cost.....$29 for the 2 over-sized front tires(seller wouldn’t take a dollar more). Gone 20K miles w/15K left on the tires. Left rear over-sized tire...$12.50. Gone 20K with 13K left. Right rear over-sized tire....$10. Gone 20K miles w/40-50K miles to go. Oh yeah.... this tire(never mounted) had a 70K warranty(to the original buyer, not me) appears it’ll get 60K miles, if not more. Total price, $51.50.
    Car handles better than it ever did with new tires. Yes, new tire dealers wouldn’t sell the larger tires to me, that I wanted. Also, over-sized tires give better MPG & highway worthiness.
    8-16-2020
    PS.... Oh, I forgot. Brands of used tires are MasterCraft 440’s (sold thru Sears) & the $10 tire was BF Goodrich. Did I say the used BFG had a 70K warranty & was never mounted? Yes, I did say it had a 70K warranty & was never mounted.
     
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  3. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Good for you, litesong. I can't even give away decent old tires and wheels for vehicles I don't have any more because of our litigious society. Tire stores won't take them to GIVE to anyone who needs them. Liability.
     
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  4. litesong

    litesong litesong

    I’ll take them.....’except I got too many used tires, already. Got to drive more & use more of my used tires...... OK, so I’m driving a lot more. But boy, my state is beautiful!!! & I feel that so much of the state is mine now, that I am driving so much.
     
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  5. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Ah. Another advantage of used tires. However, my over-sized “spare” tire over-fills my tire well in the trunk.
     
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  6. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    $4,500 IF (big IF) you find a Yota dealer who actually has a Prime.
     
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  7. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I checked. There are a few within 25 miles of Bolingbrook. (my own reference location outside Chicago) Selection and deals get better if you are willing to travel like Wayne.
     
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  8. Trollbait

    Trollbait Well-Known Member

    The Gulf States and Southeast region distributors for Toyota's cars are independent of the company, and they don't want to support the Prius Prime. A few dealers have gotten a car in here and there, but buyers pretty much have to order the car for MSRP, or travel out of region.

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  9. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Thanks , Bill. I was only checking Toyota of Naperville.
    But there are a number of dealerships in the Chicago area.
     
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  10. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Once you have a Toyota Prius Prime type of plug-in vehicle, it's hard to go to anything else if you still want the convenience of a gasoline engine. Take the engine warm-up hit when it suits you, run the AC and heat pump heater almost as much as you want, and make up for it with just a little home charging. Get 150+ mpge when you run to the grocery store or your local gym or pick up some takeout. You get the idea... $21k or less after incentives and tax benefits is hard to turn down if you're able. There are a few states that will drive that cost even lower with rebates.

    If you're ready for an EV, of course, that would be the way to go. I thought I was but was not. Charging costs and time were what deterred me.
     
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  11. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I think the 25+ mile range of the Prime would be more than
    enough for me , WHEN I'm retired. Which may come pretty soon.

    A PHEV is a no-brainer. The only thing to remember is to fire up the ICE
    now and then for a 20-30 mile drive. Infernal combustion engines like to
    get exercised.
     
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  12. phlack

    phlack Well-Known Member

    Definitely depends on your commute.

    I got my Prime in the middle of June this year. I just filled it up for the first time last week...and I didn't even need to; but we were planning on taking a longish trip, so I wanted some gas. Turned out we didn't go, so now I have 1/2 tank (mix of old and new gas). But that gives me a little breathing room for stale gas; I'll burn it out slowly.

    My daily commute to work is under 3 miles, so almost 6 miles round trip. That's 3-4 days of plug in power before a charge is needed (thus the 3+ months without a fillup). I'm not charging the car all the way to the top, nor letting it get down to a single digit charge. Maybe I'm going overboard with nursing the battery, but I'm really trying to keep the car as long as I can without wearing the battery out.

    Loving the car! Though I could have probably bought an EV, since I don't go very far with it. For longer (range-anxiety) trips, we have my wife's Prius V.
     
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  13. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Nice, phlack! That's great use of the limited EV range and good battery care/discipline. I hope your utility costs are reasonably priced, or you have supplemental solar energy at your disposal. I'd bet your EV driving is getting excellent MPGe, too.
     
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  14. Trollbait

    Trollbait Well-Known Member

    You are going a little overboard. There is a buffer of unused capacity at the top on bottom of the battery. So when the car says it's 100% charged, the battery actually isn't. The Prime has a 8.8kWh pack, and only uses about 6kWh of it.

    How are you keeping it from fully charging. People with Primes living at the top of a hill would love an easy way to do that.
     
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