Gen 4 Prius worth nearly $10k more than gen 3?

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  1. alabamamercy

    alabamamercy New Member

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    I know I'll need to get a new car soon, and the Prius seems to be the ideal car for me.

    My new dilemma is whether to buy a used gen 3 Prius with around 75k miles for around $10k, or a used gen 4 2016 Prius with around 30k miles for $18k. The generational price difference seems unjustifiable, especially considering Prius reliability and the low cost of a battery replacement.

    Any input?
     
  2. priusman09

    priusman09 I used to be a TDI

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    What year is the Gen 3? (2010-2015). I do feel the Gen 4 is better in most every way. I’d drive both to see which fits you better. The 16 will get better mpgs and handle much better among many other things
     
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    agreed. plus a gen 3 with 75k is just on the verge of a blown head gasket
     
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    I have tried to buy a Prius since 2003. Every time I drove one, I walked away disappointed: it just didn't feel like a real car...non-linear throttle, wallowy handling. I wanted to like it, but couldn't.
    We rented a 2016 (Gen IV) when it first came out, and I was totally sold on the new platform. I couldn't justify the rather high MSRP, so we waited, and waited...until 6 weeks ago.
    We now own a 2018 Prius Two and a 2018 Prius Four Touring. We love both cars, getting 56-58 mpg without really trying.
    Opinion, of course...except for the mileage
     
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    The difference between 30k and 75k miles is considerable, so the price difference would be difficult to compare. And one is the current model (minor updates since), the other is the previous model released 10 years ago (again with minor updates).

    Gen 3 vs Gen 4. There is no comparison in the way they drive. When I bought my new 2016 Gen 4, I had the option on a new Gen 3 for about $6 cheaper. Driving them - I couldn't have lived with the Gen 3, knowing how much better Gen 4 was (particularly after my previous 2, quite sporty cars).

    Take them both for a drive - you'll see what I mean.
     
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    alanclarkeau Senior Member

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    I agree - I loved the concept of PRIUS when they first came here, I checked them out with early Gen 2, early Gen 3, update Gen 3 - but I couldn't have lived with them. Not compared with something like a FORD FOCUS which was a far better drive.
     
  7. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk 'Orrible Oracle

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    We test drove a 2010 CDN Tech level, then Touring. The latter felt much more planted, and linear throttle response, that's the term that comes to mind. The "touring" was like a stripped down US level 5, had the 17" rims, different steering setup, LED headlights, just not all the tech.

    Still love it, bullet proof so far. Like the ergonomics of the dash, well better than 4th Gen, and the spare, Homelink mirror, JBL, and so on.
     
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    Funny thing: for the typical 3rd gen owner, in their dealership service fools-paradise, @bisco is not far wrong. Another 35~50K miles and the EGR carbon will be getting entrenched, engine temps climbing. But redemption is still an option at 75K, lol.
     
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