Woeful mistake by Toyota Prius Division

Discussion in 'Prius c Accessories and Modifications' started by Jeff Keeran, Dec 26, 2019.

  1. Jeff Keeran

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    I have learned my 2012 Prius C and another's 2019 Prius is not equipped with remote start for winter heating.
    There are reasons for Toyota's success. Like:
    1. longevity - Example: 22R series engines & odometers.
    2. Overall thoughtfulness.
     
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    you mean it didn't come standard, or there is no aftermarket option?(n)

    i have read about lots of aftermarket or even oem installs here.
     
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    It is not a mistake at all.
    Only a TINY fraction of owners need such a feature; and only a tiny fraction of them would actually USE it.

    If you insist on wasting gas to get instant heat, you are perfectly free to go out and "pre-start" it manually.
    A good engine block heater is a much better option.......or even a not-so-good one.
     
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    The whole point of remote start is to burn gas without moving. It is very easy for me to forgive Toyota for leaving that out of their most fuel efficient eco-cars. In fact I'd call it thoughtful.

    If I read your car profile correctly, you've got a "one." No Prius model is easier to equip with aftermarket remote start than a c one or two. If you want a warm slow hatchback that gives 25MPG all winter, it can be done.

    The block heater gets you great instant heat and improves your winter MPG almost to summer levels. It's probably the better investment.
     
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    This is not a "mistake" - it is an "option"
     
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    I'm NOT knocking anyone who might want a remote start. I do think there are possible aftermarket choices.
    BUT....
    I would agree that the Toyota not equipping the Prius in various forms with remote start, as a "priority" option, probably does have to do with the majority ownership approach of most people buying and operating a Hybrid.
    I mean, isn't it considered a great benefit of a Hybrid that it is capable of turning it's engine OFF...at full stops?
    My contention is most Hybrid owners like it when their vehicle is NOT burning gasoline, therefore an option whose whole design is extended and protracted fossil fuel burning, for a convenience such as warming the vehicle up? Seems counter to the whole majority culture of owning a Prius.

    I can and I am NOT speaking for all Prius Owners. So if you want remote start? Feel free to investigate options. BUT....I would say most Prius owners would go the route of seat warmers or simply wearing a coat on colder days. I do feel for many, it's an option that is counter to the whole culture of owning a Prius.
     
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    get an escalade
     
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    The lowest trim version of a somewhat budget car, not equipped with a specific luxury option?

    No, that ain't no mistake.
     
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    I'd like to have remote start - I don't like being cold. But the only reason I haven't is because I'm also lazy.

    See, I own an ice scraper, but I rarely use it. Instead I start the car, hit the defrost button and go back inside for a sip or two of coffee. Buying and installing a remote start would do me absolutely no good. Why? because the defrost won't stay on after the car is shut off for the night and re-started in the morning. Hence, I've got to walk out there regardless and hit that stupid defrost button. :(
     
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    def would be a Whoa-Full mistake to a Prius

    I installed the new US version engine block heater. 200w
    It gives me about 30 degrees after 2 hours,
    I still have yet to try more time to see how much more it can give me.

    I am sticking up close to 50mpg in the winter, however in PA we have had a very mild winter so far.
    I would like to see how it does in summer, since i have a very short commute ~3mi

    I dont use my heat tho. just the jacket. about 6 minute drive

    You could maybe even put a heated blanket on windshield maybe?
    lol
     
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