Canadia/US price comparison + feature question

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Main Forum' started by orenf, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. orenf

    orenf New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2007
    110
    1
    0
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prius
    With the Canadian pricing finally announced, here's a quick price comparison between Canada and US models.

    Since it is almost impossible to compare packages, I've only done this for the most basic configuration.

    I'm using a 1.12 USD to CAD exchange rate, and my province of reference is BC.

    (a) Canadian pricing: $30,535 CAD.

    (b) US pricing:

    base price in USD: $22750 = $25480 CAD
    6.1% duty: $1554 CAD
    5% GST: $1274 CAD
    7% PST: $1783 CAD
    PST rebate: -$1783 CAD
    Import fees and misc: ~$500 CAD

    Total Canadian cost of importing a Package II from the US: $28,808 CAD.

    Price difference (@ 1.12 exchage rate): $1726 CAD.
    If exchange rate goes to par, price difference = $4760 CAD.

    My 2 cents: at a 1.12 exchange rate, it probably makes more sense to purchase the vehicle in Canada. However, once you cross $3,000 CAD in savings, it makes sense to import the vehicle.

    And now my question:

    The Canadian "premium" package has this add-on feature:

    "Front Passenger Door Handle Touch Sensor Lock/Unlock"
    - is this not SKS, which is standard on the US package II ?

    Is it the case that the Basic Canadian package has LESS features than the basic US package (throwing this whole price comparison thing way off)?


    --- Oren
     
  2. wvgasguy

    wvgasguy New Member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2009
    1,255
    184
    0
    Location:
    a
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    V
    I have wondered lately; I remember when the Canadian currency was worth considerable less than the US currency, but now it is worth considerably more, so why do things cost more in Canada???

    I can understand dealers charging whatever it takes to match up with the economic situation in canada, but the Invoice Price with the money basically going back Japan, it looks like the Canadian cars would be "cheaper" in Canadian dollars than the US dollar.

    What am I missing?
     
  3. David Beale

    David Beale Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2006
    5,963
    1,940
    0
    Location:
    Edmonton Alberta
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius
    Well, right on time posted on this forum the Toyota Canada site as of today lists the 2010 as the "current" Prius. Up to today when you clicked on the Prius it gave you info. on the 2009. Got to go to my local dealer and see if they have one to look at. ;)

    Anyway, you can now get pricing and package details right from "the horses mouth".
     
  4. fuzzy1

    fuzzy1 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2009
    13,472
    7,073
    90
    Location:
    Western Washington
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius
    Model:
    Three
    You have the current exchange rate backwards. Canadian dollars are still worth less than US dollars.

    When oil prices were sky high last year, the two were very close to par, with the Canadian dollar worth slightly more than US several times.
     
  5. Tideland Prius

    Tideland Prius Moderator of the North
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2004
    40,688
    12,258
    41
    Location:
    Canada
    Vehicle:
    2018 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Technology
    All market have a driver's SKS as standard. Luckily for us, we get the full SKS with just one package up. In the US, they need to go all the way to Prius IV to get full SKS. (Full as in passenger door and hatch. We won't get all 4 doors like the Lexus models). Also, we can get the backup camera without getting the navigation system.
     
  6. orenf

    orenf New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2007
    110
    1
    0
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prius
    Got it - thanks for clarifying. I'm still used to SKS = front doors + hatch.
     
  7. orenf

    orenf New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2007
    110
    1
    0
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prius

    All in all, an interesting feature mix...

    Looks like you can get ATP /w solar panels in Canada, but not in US (though what one does with solar panels in Vancouver is beyond me).
     
  8. Tideland Prius

    Tideland Prius Moderator of the North
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2004
    40,688
    12,258
    41
    Location:
    Canada
    Vehicle:
    2018 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Technology
    Yeah that's why I had to make sure my reply made sense. To the Lexus folks, SKS is all four doors and the trunk!

    Ya but we give up the LED headlights, foglights and 17" alloys. I've seen the bumper protector. While it's a good thing that it goes around the edge of the bumper (rather than just a flat piece that goes on the top of the bumper), it's hard plastic rather than rubber so it might get scratched.
     
Loading...