2015 Prius Two listed as "The Best Hybrid Car" on thewirecutter.com

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  1. breakfast

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    Didn't see it posted anywhere, so I'm linking to a very nice writeup from January at The Best Hybrid Car | The Wirecutter

    Absolutely true that the 2015 Two is very well equipped now that the backup camera is standard.

    The article was one of the influences that helped me choose a 2015 Prius. It's honestly one of the most well thought out and detailed comparisons I have read - unusual for car reviews, but par for the course for thewirecutter.com .
     
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    i tell ya, if you can pick up a Two for 20k, it may be the best car value in history.
     
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    I'm afraid Toyota might "fix it"...but yes, IMO the entry level standard Prius is actually a very good bargain.
    A lot of the things that come standard on a Prius are luxury options on most other vehicles.

    That being said? My 2013 did NOT come with a back-up camera. I wish it did. Or that now that they are standard across the board, at least I could upgrade to the factory camera.
    I asked my dealership and while they can add a back-up camera evidently the Toyota OEM that is being installed now on every standard Prius is not available as a dealers installed option.

    With the addition of the back-up camera, that just improves what I already felt was a good deal.
     
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    I believe there are posts on how to add a backup camera on this site, probably cheap to add one and if you can't do it yourself, should be 1 hour labor at most.
     
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    I was contemplating a 2015 two before I decided on my Persona, and I'd be driving a two right now if I would have been able to get one for 20k or so, unfortunatley they were going for a few grand more at that point… darn, even at 22k its a smoking deal!
     
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    Great article, thank you for posting it! Last week, I bought a 2015 Prius Two for about $22,000. In my opinion, right now (March-April) is the best time to buy/lease the Prius due to the end of the quarter deals. Couldn't wait to trade in my 2012 Hyundai Elantra. Best choice I have ever made; this article speaks the truth!!!!
     
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    True, BUT if your other options in new vehicle picks is about the same price as a Prius, you don't have a "premium" to offset because you would have spent as much on one of your other choices. I could have spent less than I did on my Prius, but those cars really weren't on my "desired" list.
     
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    2013 Prius Two Rear Camera Upgrade - DIY | PriusChat

    More like 3-4 hours if you take your time and do it right, but definitely cheaper than having bought a higher model just for the backup camera.
     
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    Thank you for the link to the very interest and comprehensive article. Here is a quote from the article that may be a bit controversial among the engineering experts on this forum.

    "Aside from favorable conditions, our Cliff’s Notes for besting the official fuel economy numbers of a Prius included accelerating slowly, braking early, and coasting as often as possible. That said, a slightly more advanced course of keeping the car on battery power as long as possible is what got us firmly over 50 MPG."
     
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    Yes, for good reason. There are several misstatements in that article. Most of them appear to be due to ignorance, not deliberate distortion.
     
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    I guess when they encouraged EV operation their mileage went down but the reported as going up.
     
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    If it was or was near the best car value in history, why does Toyota sell about 10k of them a month while Camry, Corolla or Altimas sell 30k a month in US?
    Maybe you meant best value among hybrids.
     
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    because you can't usually pick one up for under 20k.;)
     
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    Last sentence in first paragraph is false: Says Prius Two doesn't cost much more than comparable non hybrid. What comparable non hybrid? A Corolla?

    Tons of people compare Prius to Corolla: Same length, same wheelbase, same HP, and Prius has disadvantage that many prefer a trunk and Corolla costs thousands less.
     
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    corolla is much smaller. but it and camry are generally the best value on the road. not hybrid value though.
     
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    Agree with you on Corolla, but the author mentions further down in the article that he chose the Ford Focus Hatchback as his comparable non hybrid - and that is certainly a fair comparison. A Focus SE hatchback with automatic (technically, DCT ;) )'s TrueCar price in my neck of the woods is $19,363, and a Prius Two's TrueCar price is $20,576, so his comparison certainly holds up financially.
     
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    Just received a quote for $22,600 for a Prius Two after $1,500 incentives.
     
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    what is msrp?
     
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    Joshing???? '' Manufacturer's suggested retail price''..................
     
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    LOL, sorry, should have read what is THE msrp.:oops:
     
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