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Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Main Forum' started by hah2110, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. hah2110

    hah2110 New Member

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    Can someone help me understand the differences between 2009, 2010 and 2011 Prius as well as the differences of all of the versions? Toyota's site is pretty bad at explaining the 5 different lines.

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    2004-2009 is "Generation II" with incremental improvements therein. 2010 is "Generation III", a significantly new version. 2011, according to this website, will be identical to 2010, with insignificant tweaks.
     
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    For details on the various models and options on the Gen III, see Toyota Vehicles : Toyota Announces Prices for 2010 Prius / Toyota. This prices there are old though. There are very few changes with 2011 Prius vs. the 2010. See http://priuschat.com/forums/gen-iii-2010-prius-main-forum/82748-my11-prius.html.

    04-09 are Gen II Priuses and one can see the US options/packages at https://priuschat.com/forums/knowle...andard-optional-equipment-some-countries.html.

    With the Gen III, there were a ton of changes and new features compared to Gen II. Besides the above press release, one can hear about and read (in the PDF attached) the changes at http://priuschat.com/forums/gen-iii-2010-prius-main-forum/60002-prius-technology-video.html. I posted about some of them at http://priuschat.com/forums/gen-iii...ed-2005-2009-prius-need-help.html#post1236437.
     
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    Here's a good video from europe that shows the improvements made for the Gen 3 Prius.

     
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    ETC(SS) The OTHER One Percenter.....

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    One more thing....

    :welcome:

    Greetings and Welcome Aboard!!!
    If you're contemplating adopting a Prius, you've come to the right place for information on these unique cars.
    Read.
    Enjoy.

    GOOD LUCK!!
     
  6. Tideland Prius

    Tideland Prius Moderator of the North
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    great video evpv,

    welcome hah
     
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    Thanks for all the great info guys. So if I were to buy a 2009 Prius, top of the line with all tech options and a 2011, top of the line with all tech options, what am I NOT getting in the 2009?
     
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    A ton.

    Besides the stuff as being listed new to the 2010 (I might be repeating some) you'd be missing stuff on the 2nd gen such as USB port, traffic data on the nav system, power lumbar adjustment, heated seats, remote AC, Bluetooth A2DP audio streaming, the ability to transfer contacts via BT from an iPhone (some other cell phones are able to), LED headlights, 17" wheels, rear disc brakes, Safety Connect, water repellent windows, telescoping steering wheel, blader-less fuel tank. The 2nd gen isn't beltless either (water pump got moved to electric on the 3rd gen. AC and power steering already were on 2nd gen.)

    Since solar roof package and advanced technology package are mutually exclusive, the answer will vary a little. Solar roof (or any sunroof for that matter), IPA, LKA, PCS, DRCC were never available on the 2nd gen.

    A number of us on Priuschat, including the moderators at the time were invited to the unveiling of the 3rd gen two years ago. Most, if not all of us were very impressed and excited by the new features and improvements we heard about and saw that very day.
     
  10. Tideland Prius

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    http://priuschat.com/forums/knowled...andard-optional-equipment-some-countries.html

    Like cwerdna said, a ton


    • EV/ECO/PWR Modes
    • Rear Disc Brakes
    • Aerodynamic Front Wipers
    • Active Front Headrests
    • Telescopic Steering Wheel
    • 1" of travel added to driver's seat bottom adjustment
    • Height adjustable driver's seat
    • Driver's Knee Airbag
    • One-Touch (Auto Up/Down) Power Windows
    • Variable-Speed Power Rear Windows
    • Illuminated Power Window Switches
    • Touch-Sensitive SKS Locking Function
    • Programmable Automatic Door Locks (Drive-Away Function)
    • Touch Tracer
    • Peak of Roof moved back 3.9" (99mm) to increase headroom
    • Scuplted front seatbacks to further increase rear kneeroom
    • Nearly Flat Rear Centre Hump
    • LED taillights
    • Re-tuned suspension
    • Extended Underbody Strengthening Brace
    • Underbody Fins for Airflow Management
    • New Multi-Information Display (Eco Drive Monitor) with Consumption History
    • Hybrid System Indicator
    • Hill-Start Assist
    • XMNavTraffic on Navigation System
    • 6th Generation Navigation System
    • Emergency Stop Brakelight Feature
    • Exhaust Heat Recirculation System (replaced coolant thermos)
    • Cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation
    • Electric water pump
    • Beltless 1.8 litre 2ZR-FXE DOHC VVT-i inline-4 cylinder engine
    • More efficient electric A/C compressor
    • "Aero" corners (sculpted front/rear bumpers for aerodynamics)
    • Acoustic windshield
    • No bladder in the fuel tank
    • Water-repellent front door glass
    • Plasmacluster Ionizer
    • Power driver's lumbar support
    • 17" alloys
    • LED headlights w/ headlight washers and auto-levelling function
    • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
    • Pre-Collision System
    • Advanced Parking Guidance System
    • Lane Keep Assist
    • Bluetooth Audio Streaming
    • Front footwell lighting
    • Safety Connect Telematics service
    • USB/iPod connectivity
     
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    I've got a good offer on a III with Solar package BUT am so torn. I want a V because of LED headlights and 17" wheels but don't think I can afford it. I'd love the Advanced Tech but that is a high price, plus no Solar. The III doesn't have the water repellent windows, right? Are those windows even effective? Can the illuminated entry be added by the dealer? Will I miss the 3-door smart key vs. the 1-door? Is handling much worse with 15" wheels? Does the III still come with Toyota's version of OnStar?
     
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    How about a Prius IV ? I don't think III comes with OnStar. IV has a SOS button on top (safety connect), comes with leather and the water repellent seemed to work when I was driving in rain..I am not very discerning..but everything seemed to clear up on my windows fast :) Personally I wouldn't miss the 3 door smart key..15 inch suffices for normal driving..Ultimately it comes down to what you can afford. I'd have done fine with Prius III but husband had to have factory installed leather and that only comes with prius IV upwards..:)
     
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    I am getting a steal on a 2010 and only V and III are left...

     
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    Hmm..then I guess it all comes down to what you can afford..I believe the difference is like 5K...see if you can negotiate further down and how soon do you need a car...Good luck.

    Other thing is also seeing what a 2011 IV will cost. Ultimately it is the price but if you keep the car forever (like I usually do), I'd try to get my must haves..within a reasonable price range (of course).
     
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    +1. In my area (West TX to Dallas), the '11s were $1k more. I'd take the '11 Prius 4 with Solar.
     
  16. Tideland Prius

    Tideland Prius Moderator of the North
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    They work well in the rain and when I went back to the 2005, I realised how much I take for granted a clear side wiindow.

    The "illuminated entry" is simply the footwell lighting. You can get it from Japan as a Toyota accessory.

    I prefer 3-dr SKS as I would like access to the hatch without having to go to the driver's door to unlock it (you can reprogram the SKS so that it does a global unlock instead of the default driver's door only).

    Can't tell the diff btwn the 17" and 15" but I can tell the difference in steering - The V's steering is much nicer than the slower steering ratio of the II-IV models.

    IV and V models get Safety Connect.