3 month review of my new ShuttlePod (2020 Prius LE)

Discussion in 'Gen 4 Prius Main Forum' started by ShuttlePod, Sep 13, 2020.

  1. ShuttlePod

    ShuttlePod New Member

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    Looks-wise, it's the first model (Gen 4 mid-cycle refresh) that I really love the appearance of. It's amazing how a few different curves and colors can make such a difference!
    Definitely drives a lot smoother than my 2008 Touring, though it took a minute to get used to some of the subtleties, especially braking on really long downhill areas.
    Also getting much better mileage, even well over 50 MPG with a full car & a 13 cubic foot roof box, driving on steep mountain roads.
    Just added some Huper-Optic ceramic 70 tint, barely noticeable but blocks a lot of solar heat.

    A few annoyances for sure, some of which will hopefully be addressed with my first oil change.
    First off, the beeps (backup & seatbelt). I know it's been mentioned enough already on here, but holy-cow are they loud & annoying! I really don't need the car screaming at me to the point where it literally hurts my ears because I'm not wearing a seatbelt when driving around a campground or parking lot. I'm hoping the dealer will disable these, otherwise I'll have to buy the hardware & app.

    The armrest is definitely a tad too short or far back for me, and some of the menus & screens on the display are poorly laid out. I shouldn't have to wait for 3 or 4 very slooow screens just to adjust audio levels & such. And I still don't know what the "home" screen is for, and why I can't just set it to start on the audio screen. Seems very silly. Hopefully a software upgrade will happen, but on this I have my doubts.

    The strangest one - that is such a minor inconvenience but for some reason annoys me the most - is that the car randomly decides when to start with the climate control in "driver priority" mode. It seem to just do it about half the time, regardless of how it was previously set or the number of passengers in the car or any other variables.

    Overall, I love the car. Definitely made the right choice. Now if they can just make some minor improvements to the software, it would be perfect!
     
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  2. bisco

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    nice write up, all the best!(y)
     
  3. lovepitbulls

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    carista wont help the radio display, but will fix backup and seat belt beepers, driver priority blower default, and then some. well worth it imo
     
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    That driver priority mode can go to heck.

    I want my car HVAC set to what I shut the car off with. Imagine setting it correctly, then the day heats up to a 'feels like' of 110 degrees, and getting back to the car after a cardio workout in said heat, only to find the damned car is trying to not cool the entire cabin down & push the hot air out.
     
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    Well written and I totally agree w/ most of your post. I am coming up on one month w/ my new 2020 LE, Red w/ moonstone.I traded in my 2019 Hyundai Ioniq SEL which is almost as good as my new Prius. However, my Prius is quieter, rides much better and gets better gas mileage. The prius seats are much more comfortable and a better looking interior. Also, the Prius has a MUCH better resale value. I love my Prius
     
  6. robsnyder20

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    Thanks for your review. Carista is your friend with the seat belt warning and the backup buzzer FYI.

    The driver priority mode shuts down the A/C to all other vents other than the driver once the cabin is cool. Living in Florida, I have a pretty long commute and sometimes when it is 110 outside, having the driver only A/C roughly 15 - 20 minutes into my commute actually makes it warmer in the car then just cooling it all down. Most of the time, I am fine with leaving it on auto with driver only. Just my 2cents!
     
  7. ShuttlePod

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    I don't mind the feature as an option. It's just weird that it randomly turns on all by itself, seems to be maybe 40% of the time.
     
  8. morpheusx

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    Just bought an LE myself 2 gripes.
    Biggest gripe is the standard radio speakers sound awful.
    The stock tires do not inspire much confidence, I’ll probably end up swapping out early.
     
  9. ShuttlePod

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    The audio system is pretty bad. Slower than my old commodore 64 computer, and the sound isn't much better. I saw some folks that did entire audio upgrades, but I'm wondering if just replacing the speakers would make a noticeable difference.

    As far as tires, I'll probably wear these down first, then upgrade. I ran Nokian WRG2/WRG3 tires on my 08 & they were pretty good. Probably go with them or something similar.
     
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    Which tires/size?
     
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    do you have a Prius dealer in Florida that you like? I love my 2007 but at over 250,000 miles it is ready to go. Looking for a new/slightly used Prius. These are great pieces of info as I am figuring out what to get.
     
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    I know stadium toyota in Tampa, FL used to offer employee pricing and you may be able to use that as leverage at your local dealership. Their prices are pretty good for no negotiation. Thats how I did mine at my local dealership. Said I have an appointment today to look at the vehicle and legit did but they got me into the same car locally. Hard to make you a higher sell with a piece of paper in your hand.
     
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    For a used Prius, this guy will do his utmost to make sure you are a happy customer. You might find a lower price elsewhere, but you won't get lied to here. Listings - Tampa Hybrids Inc.
     
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