Prius III Touring vs IV vs Ioniq

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  1. Svetlozar

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    Hi there guys, first post for me here. I have few questions and asking for advice.

    What are the differences between III and IV tourings. 2016 or 2017.

    Currently I am driving 2011 Gen 3 with 190k miles and still doing 51 mpg on a tank. Didn't broke even once for 2 years and did 60k miles.

    Do you think it's time for me to update and which one would you go with prius or Hyundai? I've been hearing good stuff about the ioniq and that it's a better car.

    P.S. I am uber driver so I am putting 30-40k miles a year. I am wondering if I should upgrade(because I am kinda tired from gen 3) or stick with it, because I'm destroying the value of whatever I buy.

    What would you do if you where in my shoes. Thanks in advance!
     
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    Have a drive of both - some reports have indicated that the TwinClutch transmission on the Hyundai isn't as silky-smooth as the Hybrid Synergy drive in PRIUS.

    Long term - PRIUS have been lasting well, always at the top of reliability listings. Not sure about how the Hyundai twin clutch will cope with high mileages.
     
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    idk anything about the hunday. saw one, looked boring. toyota rules reliability proven.

    hunday deserves a test drive, and willingness to risk the future. although i think they have a lifetime warranty?
     
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    190K is a pretty good rum but depending on it as your only car may not be a good idea, especially when you are using it to generate income. Customers may be more impressed with a Gen 4.

    Both 3 & 4 Touring, for both years, have 17" wheels instead of the standard 15".
    All 3 Touring have a spare tire. The 4 Touring just has the goo kit.

    Early 2016 could not change the speedometer from mph to km/h.
    In 2017 there were many safety added as standard.
    Mid 2017 additional standard safety features such as BSM were added.

    I have an early 2017 Trim 2.

    Whichever you choose, you might want to enter the VIN in the Toyota Owners site to be sure all recalls were performed.
     
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    You won't get much for your 2011 with that many miles. Why not drive it until it dies? It could last one, two, three years or more. Even if it lasts just one, you will save a lot over buying something else. Priuses that are driven a lot seem to do well. There are lots of Prius taxis that have gone 300,000 miles or more.

    Of course you have the option of changing for reasons other than dollars and cents.

    Just another opinion.
     
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    Thanks you all for your post.

    1. I am not really interested in impressing my customer, more I am interested to sell the car before it wants something to be fix, even tho it is working just fine as of right now - I have no idea how much it will go (I think it can go for over 1 more year at least). One is for sure, If I buy the gen 4 I can use it for another 6-7 years. On the other hand I don't want to use a car that I like to drive around people that I don't know and people that don't care about my property- slamming the doors and throwing trash inside. Again, on the other hand I am not using the car for uber only, I am commuting with it and the bad drive of gen 3 is driving me insane sometimes and all the rattles and vibrations.

    2 - If I am buying gen 4 it will be only the touring version of it. On the other hand I hate the interior of it thats why I am looking for the ioniq and thats why I asked for opinion about it. If it's going to be a reliable car. Many of the popular reviewers said that it is a better car then the gen 4. But I am that toyota will have answer to hyundai with gen 5. So... I don't know I would like to update the ride, but it might be better to wait and see gen 5.
     
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    I thought I fixed that. It must be the inner @Raytheeagle. ;)
     
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    I can only take blame if wine is listed:p.

    Rum and other spirits, you’ll have to find someone else(y).
     
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    The touring has 17" wheels and fog lights and doesn't have moonroof as an option

    The four trim has a few differences from three:
    softex (leather-like) seats
    power driver seat w/ lumbar
    heated front seats
    no spare tire

    Edit to add: The three touring did come with softex seats but no heated/power driver seat just the leather like upholstery. Found this 2016 brochure PDF https://www.toyota.com/content/ebrochure/2016/prius_ebrochure.pdf

    Some stuff like safety sense, adaptive cruise and whatnot were available as options. A quick way to tell if a car has that stuff is if it has buttons for it on the right side of the steering wheel. Second half of 2017 a lot of the safety sense stuff was added as standard on all trims. I learned to look for that stuff in listing pics online before scheduling a test drive because a bunch of listings will just list everything whether the car has it or not and you show up and it's not the same trim or doesn't have safety sense.

    The spare from your 2011 will fit a 2016+. I kept the spare from my 2013 when I traded it in for a 2016 this winter.
     
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    It is funny, nobody comments on the Hyundai LOL
     
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    You missed @alanclarkeau in post 2 or did you just want US reviews? He is in Australia.
     
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    So, you admit to being a whiny user? o_O
     
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    Absolutely :).

    And only the Best varietals (y).
     
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    I bought my current prius for 7,500. With new tires 8,100. New shocks 20k miles ago. Front brake pads need to be replaced ASAP. Registration is due in December. Tires will be due at the same time. Right now I can probably get 6,500 for it. Wondering if I should sell now, keep or wait for a few more months. What would you do if you were in my situation?
     
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    Had a bit more time & found the comparison:
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    They also tested a Plug-in IONIQ against a PRIUS and came up with:

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    Where did you find this information if you don't mind me asking?
     
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    i would have bought a new car a long time ago :p
     
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    CarAdvice - an online magazine in Australia. There was another which said something similar, but I can't find it - the other compared a Hybrid IONIQ with PRIUS, this one was a PlugIn IONIQ vs PRIUS - but concentrating on how they drove.
     
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    OK - I found the other comparison by CarSales in Australia - again a PlugIn IONIQ - but they said almost the same thing about the DualClutch Transmission - interestingly, they used the same words, so plagiarism maybe?

    One thing they did comment about is that the back seat in IONIQ had air-vents, which PRIUS didn't have.

    Toyota Prius v Hyundai IONIQ 2019 Comparison - motoring.com.au
     
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    More likely owned by the same company.
     
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