Replace minivan

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  1. govind chettiar

    govind chettiar New Member

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    Firstly an apology- I don't have a Prius at this time but to sign up I had to say I owned a Prius C

    I have a 15 yr old Odyssey minivan (with relatively low mileage of 80K) that I'm looking to replace with something that gives me better fuel economy. Just on a whim I was considering the Prius as an alternative.

    I was wondering
    a) which variant of the Prius would work for me. Definitely don't need the carrying capacity of the Honda anymore but still would have airport trips with 4-5 largish bags
    b)is there like a website that tells me what is the best price that I can expect to pay in my vicinity (I live in NC, US)

    Thanks
     
  2. Skibob

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    If you are the original owner of that car and have only driven 80,000 miles in 15 years I would not recommend you get a Prius. Not driving a Prius very much is hard on the battery.
     
  3. PriusCamper

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    Gen2 Prius are starting to look like the best build and easiest to maintain of all 4 generations of Prius... Prius C has an underpowered battery pack and same engine problems as a Gen3...

    Of course Gen4 hasn't been around for a while, so maybe in the long run it might be best, but I doubt it. So Gen2 is the way to go.

    And as poster said about about how often you use it, which isn't so much a mileage thing as the fact the hybrid battery pack is less reliable if it regularly goes 4-days or longer between use... But it you drive 5 miles a day 5-6 days a week, not only will a Prius be great for you, But you'll only be filling up the gas tank every couple-few months.
     
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  4. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

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    welcome!

    rav4 hybrid

    and i apologize for making you pick a prius c to join :oops:
     
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  5. padroo

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    Were you planning on a new or late model Prius or a used older generation one. It's all about money.
     
  6. Sooner Al

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    We traded in an old Dodge Caravan for a 2016 Prius v. It has almost the same cargo space as the van did. You might look at a Prius v as an alternative. Around town, where we do the majority of our driving, we get 45+ MPG. You can't beat that IMHO...
     
  7. govind chettiar

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    Thank you. Yeah, the Honda mileage is low because mostly used for dropping the kids off at school which is quite close. But will be driven regularly.

    I was thinking I would just go with a new car. In 20 years in the US I have bought 3 cars, the first was used and I donated it after 11 years the other two are new.

    Looks like Prius V is discontinued in favour of Rav4 Hybrid?

    Any thoughts on the 2nd question, i.e. a website that might tell me reasonably accurately how much people paid? I was told TrueCar is one such.
     
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