2017 Prius prime Advanced lacking many good features

Discussion in 'Prime Main Forum (2017-Current)' started by AJDL, Oct 30, 2019.

  1. AJDL

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    I am kind of little unhappy owner of Prius prime Advanced a whopping 35k top trim in Prius Prime due to these things.
    1. Luxury/top trims cars has leather, but this one has vinyl or fake leather.
    2. There should be two sun visors, one you can move to side window and one you can keep on the front window, this is really helpful during morning and evening travel.
    3. The heated steering is kind of joke, they only put the heating coil at some places on the steering, I live in New England and when it is negative temperature, holding the wheel is really difficult during turns.
    4. Front camera
    5. Biggest is the Apple car play and there is no provision of 2017 model to get apple car play. I did a lot of research and found that Beat Sonic makes Apple car play after market stuff for 2017 Prime, but not 11.6" model. I spoke to them and they told me that I am probably only the 6th person asking for that need. In my mind I am thinking that this is the only reason for which I might need to buy new 2020, if some how we can fix that issue, then I don't need to spend a lot of money on the 2020 and loose money on my 2017. They asked me to send them emails @ [email protected] stating the I have interest in this product and if they receive enough emails they will think about the Apple Car Play solutions.

    Please share your problems and issues which Toyota should have addressed?
     
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    No spare.
    No Rear Wiper.
     
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    People complaining re lack of apple carplay.
     
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    The rear window gives additional fuel economy, but really takes away storage space. I am not complaining, I knew the window and raised floor (8.8kW battery) were part of the tradeoff. I am OK with it because I just got my carpool stickers, and in California getting in the carpool lane takes 30 minutes each way off my commute.
     
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    Loss of cargo space for me is the biggest pet peeve. The 11.6" is also underutilized.
     
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    No Apple Carplay/Android Auto is the biggest

    However, lack of a EV/HV mode switch on the steering wheel annoys me every time I have to switch modes.
     
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    I think people who want carplay can send the email to [email protected]. This will help them see how many people are interested.
     
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    OP - now that we know what you don't like, what do you like?

    Posted via the PriusChat mobile app.
     
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    I have learned to feel for the raised line on the EV/HV mode switch so there is no longer a need to take my eyes off the road to use the switch. For a long time I was annoyed, but no longer.
     
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    How long have you had the car? Did you do any research before buying?

    Sure, some of these things are disappointing, but should not have been surprises if you did any research before buying, most of these have been common discussion points. Some of these are addressed with the 2020 model (visors, CarPlay).

    Personally, I prefer the Softex in my PiP to real leather, like in my wife’s Leaf SL (2016). I find it softer and more comfortable, and also ages better... the leather feels more stiff, and is already showing some age after only 3.5 years and 55k KM. The Softex in my PiP is 2 years older and more then 2.5x times the mileage (165k), and looks brand new. Unlike what some complain, I don’t find the Softex “sweaty”, unless it is very hot out (30C+) and I choose not to use A/C), but that would be true of any car...

    I plan to upgrade to a Prime at some point and I had 4 things I didn’t like since it’s introduction, in descending order of importance to me;

    1. 4 seats
    2. No CarPlay
    3. Reduce cargo space
    4. Lack of rear wiper

    1 & 2 have now been resolved with 2020, and 3 and 4 are minor annoyances, not deal breakers for me (one other wish list item for is I wish the Prime had a moonroof option too, but the Toyota plugin has never offered this...). I am also intrigued to see what the RAV4 PHEV has in store, being unveiled later this month, which in theory should fill the gap on all of these, but of course at added expense and fuel economy hit... so we’ll see.

    Just my $0.02.
     
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    I think you made a wrong turn. You meant to complain to Toyota US who no longer visits here to learn from actual users.
    Nobody here can help or influence the packaging decisions made by Toyota US except to purchase a competitor product that better meets our needs and desires. I suspect my next vehicle purchase will not be a Toyota due to their obsession with large black cow catcher grilles.
     
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    at this point, i'm going to wait for the next gen to see if they fix 3 and 4, then it will be the ultimate car.

    hey, it's only a few years away:cool:
     
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    Quite a few people here have found the Tesla Model 3 to be the best choice. I doubt you are going to win an argument with former Prime owner @bwilson4web about which is the better choice. ;)
     
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    if you want full bev, it may be. too expensive for my blood, prime is ze peoples car :)

    for me personally, there is no bev which wouldn't require a serious alteration of lifestyle, which i (and more importantly, mrs bisco) am not ready for.
    at 90% ev, my pip hits all the checkmarks currently
     
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    At my age every year is a crap shoot.
     
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    The Prius Prime has plenty of deficiencies as identified in the original post and I agree with all of them. My priority is low operating and maintenance costs. This is where the Prius Prime excels. The Prime is not really class leading at anything except being cheap to operate.
     
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    I don't understand.. 2020 MY are out and we are complaining about features missing on 2017 MY?
     
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    Three years later, exactly the same car. Toyota added Carplay and a 5th the seat. Still no Android Auto that is used by half the US market.
     
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