Prius Plug-in Advanced vs Lexus ES 300h

Discussion in 'Gen 1 Prius Plug-in 2012-2015' started by jameskatt, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. Godzuki

    Godzuki Active Member

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    Both the Lexus CT200h and the Lexus ES 300h are nice cars - I get a chance to see quite a few of them during my daily commutes as I drive pass them while in the HOV lane... ;)
     
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    i'd prefer a bmw 3 series or C-class (CLA?) over any entry lexus, hybrid or not. now if they had a lexus plug in with same or close mpg as the PiP, i'd definitely consider it.
     
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    One of my many mothers-in-law paid ~$40K for her 2005 Prius. To say that the Prius was intended to be a $22K car ignores a sizable history of a broad range of models and trim levels. HyCam, different story.
    One can, of course, buy the base PiP and with tax deductions etc be well under $30K. And get roughly 100mpg. And not need a roof box to cram all the remaining wannabe into the little Lexus. The Tesla-Lexus comparison is much more apt I think, and looks to be for the most part unequivocal.
     
  4. devprius

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    How the hell did she manage to get taken like that? My 2005 was 26,660 before taxes, etc. And this was fully loaded at the time. Out the door with taxes, etc, it was less than $30K.

    I was very tempted to get the Advanced model of the PiP, but the nearly 25% increase in price convinced me to get the Base model. It was a difficult decision to make since I love gadgets and technology. But I couldn't justify the higher price for a few more toys, no matter how useful they were. We had the laser cruise control in our Sienna and absolutely loved it. We still have the Sienna, but the sensor took a rock to the face and killed it. $1200 for a new sensor. Not worth fixing on a van that has 200K miles on it.
     
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    I drove a 2013 Lexus ES 300h over the weekend & imo, my PiPA is much more comfortable :)
     
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    Interesting comparison. In terms of outright purchase price, yes, the PiPA does encroach into luxury car territory. However, you can't discount the technology found on the Advanced model that is optional on the ES300h or not available at all. The Advanced model comes with HUD, DRCC, PCS, LED headlights and so forth. The base ES300h has NuLuxe material (leather is optional) and no HUD (though I believe DRCC/PCS and HID headlights are available). Those will bring the price of an ESh up pretty darn quickly.
     
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