Considering 2022 Prime XLE in Sun Valley, Idaho.

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  1. sunvalleylaw

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    Hi all. I live in Hailey, Idaho (near the Sun Valley Ski Resort) and have been familiar with Priuses for a long time. My daughter has her second in the Seattle area. Your basic 2008.

    I want to eventually, go EV, but think that the infrastructure out here in the mountains and woods of Idaho will take a while. Thinking that the plug in Prime will work for me for 80% plus of my driving in terms of time anyway. I mostly drive only a couple miles in town, and sometimes trips of about 11-12 miles each way (up to work at the ski resort, etc.) unless I am going out of town. And then in driving between here and where I go, mostly Puget Sound for family, sometimes down to Salt Lake, over to Portland, etc., that the plug in hybrid might be a good fit. Charging stations are slowly starting to come on line, my buddy does use his Tesla I think S model) to drive between here in and his place in Seattle, but seems like a hassle for him and he is always thinking about charging when he is around. Ultimately, I want to be there in full EV mode at some point, but thinking for the next 5-10 years, the plug in Prius could be a good option.

    I plan on taking our house solar also, and setting up good charging, but again, likely a couple years out.

    I also want a hatchback I can sleep in, in a pinch, and also put my bike in for driving longer distance without having to use a rack and screw up air flow. And the regular Priuses always seemed to do that just fine. Lots of people use their Priuses for little adventure cars around here.

    So, voices of experience, thoughts? Considerations?
     
  2. Tideland Prius

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    A PHEV sounds like a great option for your use case. Your mileage will also increase through the Cascades (compared to the 2008 Prius) because of the larger battery that's capable of regen'ing for much longer than a regular Prius.

    You can also consider a RAV4 Prime and Hyundai Tuscon PHEV.
     
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    Look at how the back seat folds down before you pack your sleeping bag or bike. The bigger battery takes up extra space. I think the car will be great driving where you are, but maybe not so much for snoozing.

    You'll want good snow tires. The electric car puts lots of power to the front tires quickly. It's easy to spin a front with just a bit of accelerator pedal. You want tires with great grip.
     
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    sounds like the perfect car for you. check out the prime camping thread
     
  5. jerrymildred

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    Welcome! It sounds like a nearly perfect fit for your situation.

    As @PT Guy points out, the back seats don't fold flat. But I've seen posts where owners have made little wooden platforms to provide a flat surface.

    And on my trips to the mountains, my Prime has been fantastically efficient if not exactly a rocket sled going up steep grades at high altitudes. :D

    A thought or two on the XLE vs. LE or Limited. I got the Premium which is the old name for the mid level. I though I was getting the best of both worlds by getting power seats and the big display plus a couple other niceties. I've since discovered that I got the worst of both worlds. Almost everyone, including me, thinks the big display sucks because it's so poorly implemented and generates a ton of glare at times. The small display on the LE (and my wife's Prius 2) is way better. Like the XLE/Premium, the Limited/Advanced also has the sucky big display, but that's compensated by the safety features that really should be on all Primes such as blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic, etc. Just something to consider before buying.
     
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    Also, these cars don't have much ground clearance---but, there's a reason your location isn't named "Snow Valley." The two times I've skied there we had dry roads...and not enough snow to open all the runs.
     
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    I don't think you can comfortably sleep in a [prius] Prime, unless you're really, really motivated. (tired, or modify the interior, etc)

    We did drive ours, with X-ice 3 winter tires, to SLC, Big Sky, and Jackson for a snowboard road trip just before Covid hit.
    We plan on doing 1-2 similar trips this winter. Unless its in a dumping storm, main roads shouldn't present clearance issues - its not that lower than most new sedans.

    Hard to find, and a big jump in price, but a Rav4 Prime would offer much more GC and sleeping room. Or simply go hybrid and find a Sienna - no PHEV, but delivers mpg of the Rav with tons and tons of room...
     
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