Need Help for Prius 2 Prices (or corolla/camry)

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  1. wcmessenger

    wcmessenger New Member

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    Hello; Trying to get a new Prius 2 in the next few days, but:

    Our friend bought a third gen Prius II ~1 month ago at 12 bucks below 20k; supposedly back then there was a 1k down - dealer match 1k promotion (not sure about details) with 500 dollars cashback.

    We're trying to buy the same Prius 2, but isn't sure on what a good price is, should we go for ~20k flat as well (after including 1k rebate)? another poster here suggested in a thread to never pay over 20k for a prius 2 before tax and lic, is that pretty accurate?

    And for people that's driven 2010 corolla LE auto (~$14,638) / 2011 camry LE auto (~$18,888), which car would you prefer, in terms of acceleration/maneuvering/and safety.

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    I too am looking for a II at 20K.

    With 19K Priuses shown on cars.com, the 2011s beginning to hit the West Coast, Toyota Canada showing 2011s on their website and offering $3000 rebate on 2010s... something's gotta' give... soon.

    As for Corolla and Camry, I don't think many people buy Priuses for "acceleration/maneuvering/and safety."

    Regardless, Good Luck in your search :spy:
     
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    Regarding Prius Vs Corolla, Vs Camry, these all fit into the broad category of "Economy Car".

    The Corolla is traditionally aimed at a low budget/entry market crowd.

    The Camry is aimed at higher comfort levels.

    The Prius has carved out a whole new niche for clean/green/economy cars that go beyond anything that was even imagined ten years ago. Can't speak for the others, but can comment on the second generation Prius (the ones that are a hatchback, but don't have the big crease running down the side). I think it's safe to assume that the third generation meets or exceeds the same standard as the second in every way.

    The acceleration is acceptable, but won't take your breath away. It can merge and accelerate fine, but don't race anything that has eight cylinders, ok?

    The Second Gen Prius is middle of the road in manuvering. Some people upgrade the suspensions to be stiffer, or the touring model comes stiffer from the factory. Some of them tend to wander at highway speed. Suspension in general is up to modern standards, but nothing you'll tweet your friends about.

    Safety is actually a strong point. They have crumple zones, lots of airbags, locking seatbelts, anti skid and anti lock wheels, there's only a little more that can be done to crash proof a car.

    Some of the III's offer a little radar in the nose that does something if it thinks your going to hit someone. Some of them can watch how steady you are in your lane and will say something if they think you're screwing up. Not sure if the 2010/II has that.

    Buying a car is a fairly serious decision. I'd like to suggest that you attempt to try a sample of each car before you commit. If possible, take them over the same route you drive every day, not just around the block at the dealership, and then you'll notice if they seem stronger/weaker, handier or whatever. Some people here have rented a Prius for a week before buying one, to make sure they'd be comfortable owning one.

    :welcome: Let us know how you do.
     
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    Thank you both very much; we drove a gen 3 prius 2 this morning and it turned out wasn't for us.

    The new car was going to be mainly used by my parents, and they didn't like the reduced field of view in the rear, and for a stretch of the road, it was bright and the display panel was difficult to read. Add in the relative complexity in getting to know the car, we decided to hold off on the prius for now.

    And we ended up buying a '11 Camry later this morning; we already have an '07 one, the interior didn't change much, but the ride felt more familiar and smooth on the highway. So actually trying out the different models at length turned out to be important, and thank you all again for the helpful tips.
     
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    I hope you got the Camry XLE V6. Lowered and with a body kit, that car looks SWEET!
     
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    booooo..., ugh, hehe, now that you remind me, I did remember seeing someone talk about it on Edmunds.com where the XLE is around 20k? They talked about how the reason was a potential transmission problem?

    I'm not sure, and forgot how I got to that page, could you talk about it more? My friend is still in the market for a camry, and though I'm stuck with LE, I could pass along the info, thanks :)
     
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    Tideland Prius Moderator of the North
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    If it's mostly highway driving, you can't beat the Camry (well. the Avalon can but honestly, unless you want the extra space, I think the Camry is fine). The XLE throws in niceties such as SKS, rear sunshade, rear A/C vents, reclining rear seats (jeez.. sounds like you're better off as a rear seat passenger!!!) among other things. The 4 cylinder is a new 2.5 litre (introduced in 2010) with 169hp (179hp on the SE version) but the V6 is a monster. Very quick...
     
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    No worries haha. I didn't mean to disparage your Camry at all. I would get an LE or SE myself (though probably SE). The XLE is just outfitted with superfluous amenities and I got caught up in the moment.

    The 3.5L V6 is more important, however. And I stand by what I said about modifying it with a body kit and lowering kit (kinda like the Camry bodies you see on NASCAR, without all the ugly graphics/advertisements). People think Toyotas lineup is boring, but in reality, it's because Japanese cars must be modified to look really good. Real car and Toyota enthusiasts will really appreciate a modded Camry V6, cause you're getting the whole package: reliability, looks, and power.
     
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    Upon reflection, it now seems perfectly reasonable that the word "Lowered" could mean many things Other than "Lowering the Price" :); just an example of how a day spent in dealership can fine tune preconceptions.

    And ya we thought the highway mpg was decent with the Camry and the color we had (Spruc Mica, kind of a dark green) looked nice in person.

    Thanks you two for the information on XLE, I'll pass it along, and ask for a test drive the next time I buy a Camry myself.
     
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