Does anyone regret getting a 2016 Prius two vs a Prius 3 or 4?

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  1. Mavi

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    Just curious if anyone who bought the 2016 Prius two regrets not getting the more option filled 3 or 4?
     
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    I'm not in the right category to answer your question, but @Prodigyplace is and he knows a lot of useful stuff.
     
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    Welcome!
    I bought the 2017 Two because I wanted the spare tire. I felt the additional cost got the Three was not worth it to me.
    The seats are uncomfortable for long trips but the Three has the same ones.
    The newer 2017 gained some safety features that I would I had.

    When I was first investigating I avoided the 2016 Two due to lack of safety features. The 2016 Three with the optional packages really raised the price. You may be happier if you can find a used 2017.
     
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    I purchased the 2016 Prius 2 with no frills, extras etc. No regrets whatsoever. I replaced the stereo head unit with a Pioneer deck and it is night/day better than the factory unit. Upgraded all the speakers with Infinity, added an amp to drive them and a subwoofer for kick. All was done for under $700 installed, and also much much better than Toyota's JBL package.
     
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    I have a 2014 2 and no regrets. It's all relative. When I bought it I had two other vehicles with AM/FM cassette and crank windows. By comparison the base prius was loaded with features you couldn't get on any car when those other vehicles were new.

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    Different packages here - but the things I wouldn't be without are spare wheel, HUD and RADAR Cruise. Your fuel use won't be noticeably different between the packages (maybe unless you get the 17" wheels).

    You have to prioritise what you want - and work out if they're worth what they charge. A piece of paper to jot it all down helps lots.
     
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    Your car is much different than the 2016 Gen 4 Prius.
     
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    I drive a 2017 Prius Two. I regret not purchasing a higher model.

    I traded in a loaded Subaru Legacy with leather, heated front & rear seats, Nav/Apps, Blind Spot monitor, and alloy wheels. I don’t even have automatic headlights anymore!

    The Toyota Safety Sense was important to me since I had a similar system in the Subaru and I love the adaptive cruise. At least that came standard.

    Everyone has their preferences and I wish I wasn’t so frugal sometimes.
    But I’ll manage. I just purchased a heated seat cover that gets the job done.
     
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    The one thing I think I'd be kicking myself about would be the one-door-only touch to lock/unlock. I really don't like the way they set up the levels, that seems like punishment for getting the level 2 (different names in Canada, but same quandry). Toyota: you get more bees with honey...
     
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    I have not found that to be too bad.
    If I used the rear hatch more it could get annoying. I set my touch to unlock all 4 doors.
    The cost difference between the Two & Three for me was not worth that added convenience.

    I cannot emphasize enough the missing safety features on the 2016 Two. They were just not offered by Toyota on that model..
     
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    Yeah, you adapt, but it's still a pisser. I hardly ever use the fob on ours, mainly when I get about 30 feet from the car and the question pops into my head: "did I lock it...?".
     
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    Toyota saved a few bucks by not offering this feature but it doesn't affect the single drivers that rarely carry a passenger much. I have a 2015 two and it affects me a few times a year when I want to open my hatch. Reaching for the fob is ok for those situations.

    This unfortunately is how the industry moves you towards the higher trim levels. Many years ago, they use to offer cars without passenger side mirrors.....to bring down the "starting msrp"
     
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    What I do is I touch the drivers door to unlock the doors first and then the button on the hatch works fine for me.
    I am too lazy to use the fob. :D
     
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    Yup......& I'm old enough to remember when a "Heater" (let alone A/C)...... was an option.....;)
     
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    In my opinion it isn't the lack of options but the lack of a decent bumper to bumper warranty like Hyundai. You have to pay big bucks to Toyota to get a warranty like Hyundai. All else being equal the Hyundai is a better deal. This only works if you want a Hyundai. lol
     
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    I've got the mirrors to auto-fold - that way, a glance tells me if it's locked.
     
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    How do you find TOYOTA's adaptive cruise compares with SUBARU EyeSight?
     
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    That’s an excellent question.

    The Subaru EyeSight was more aggressive at maintaining the following distance to the vehicle ahead.

    The gap that Toyota’s system leaves is too large, and slow to speed up when the gap changes. I noticed more people will cut in front of me, even at the closest distance selected.

    However, the longest distance in the Toyota, feels more comfortable than the longest setting in the Subaru.

    I also felt that the collision warning on the Subaru would sound earlier than on the Toyota. (And I have adjusted the warning timing in the Prius settings)

    Overall Toyota’s system is much smoother and more relaxed. This is especially noticeable in stop and go traffic situations.
     
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    The radar cruise responsiveness is tied to driving mode. ECO mode makes cruise much too sluggish. I generally use Normal mode. I believe PWR mode has the cruise maintain the distance much more aggressively.
     
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    Thank you, I will give it a try.
     
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