The Lowest Total Cost of ownership vehicle we have ever driven now arrives with even more value! Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – December 16, 2020 2021 Toyota Prius Prime With my own 2020 Toyota Prius Prime piling on miles – 66,075 miles since March 4, as fast as anyone dare, another bargain came across my desk that may prove to offer a nice tax break and extreme automotive value as 2020 comes to a close… Let me recap the 2020 Prime’s attributes over those 65k miles from our Hot Deal – New 2020 Toyota Prius Prime LE for $16,529 + TTL and specifically, the 65k mile update. And just like that, 9-months and 8-days later, the 2020 Prius Prime has 65,637 miles on her clock. 2020 Toyota Prius Prime While the Pacific Coast creates hero shots, there are times when dawn over the mountains to the east is just as noteworthy. lmpg = 80.9 mpg indicated with 65,000 miles on gasoline and 640 miles on electricity. Actual mpg = 80.1 mpg at a 6.1 percent lifetime offset or 75.2 mpg on gasoline. With as many miles as are on it now, approximately every other or third tank sees the lmpg climb by .1 mpg so I expect to see the lmpg at 81.0 mpg within a month. I have now charged it a total of 17.9 times over its lifetime -15.9 on free L2s, for a total "free miles" of ~ 640 miles. Gross earnings over those 65,637 miles including the 3,500 mile drive between Boston and San Diego with a few days in IL. Working miles = 62,137 while gross working earnings = $77,238.08 between March 4th and Dec. 12, 2020 so she is earning at a rate of just over $1.24 per mile all-in. Repair expenses now include (2) flat tire repairs at $201 plus a $130 tow that I was reimbursed $100 for. Since the last update, I have added a new set of Bridgestone Ecopia's for $560 for a total of $791. Fuel costs include 640-miles of free opportunity charging, the first tank was a free dealer fill, and 64,487 miles on 857.5 gallons at an avg. cost of $2.583 per gallon = $2,214.92. Maintenance costs to date? The first 25k miles were on Toyota so $120 for (5) 5 qt, jugs of Mobil1 0W-16 (I still have 23.5 qts. left to go), $38 for (10) Toyota Genuine Oil Filters (I still have 6 left), and three labor charges for $57 incl. tip so far. Nothing else. Not even a bulb although I will have to change out the cabin and air filter here shortly. $215.00 all in. Insurance: $1,023/year for $0 deductible liability incl. towing. And what do those working miles entail? People, medical products, home repair, Landscaping, and general supplies. Regarding another strength, if you live in or around seriously steep foothills and mountains, the Prius Prime pays dividends like nothing else I have driven including the Prius from which it is based. I picked up a passenger in Carlsbad, CA just off the Pacific Coast and drove 40-miles due east up the face of Mt Palomar. Her drop-off was at a home with a beautiful overlook at 5,800' ASL including a small amount of melting snow accumulation. What I want to focus on however was not the climb and descent but the descent from 5,800' ASL with 0 percent SoC to begin that ended at 78 percent SoC at the 400' ASL elevation. That was a nice return with an overall 80.2 mpg RT when I arrived back at home. The large pack paid back dividends as no std. Hybrid could provide that amount of regen to use for tens of miles after the fact while returning to the Pacific Coast. And yes, you can travel from the beach to snow and back to the beach on the same day in California as shown. Well, a little snow maybe as it was still early November when I took this request and pics below. 2020 Toyota Prius Prime LE She is earning her keep and doing quite well on the balance sheet with $77,238.08 gross earnings and $4,243.92 in M&R, Fuel, and Insurance expenses. The KBB depreciation indicates I have lost $2,020 in depreciation over the 65k miles given the $20,058 out the door price incl. TTL and Reg and the $18,038 KBB est. TIV in Good Condition as posted below. KBB TIV with 65,400-miles in Good Condition: $18,038 The all-encompassing expense of $6,263.92 over 65,637 miles comes to just $0.095/mile. Remember the 2018 Hyundai Elantra Eco completed its from new to 156.2k mile Trade-in TCO "Tour of Duty" at $0.162/mile so the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime is indeed performing beyond expectations to date when it comes to making a business case for its use in the gig economy, as a tried-and-true courier, or simply as the vehicle you would drive back and forth as a daily commuter. The front driver and passenger glass is absolutely pristine as it is the same as the Lexus products. Water beads off the side glass with no treatment added although it does generate more static than the rear driver and passenger glass so dirt films stick to it. As I have mentioned in all the updates, the Seating ergo is still barely acceptable but the drivetrain continues to be an absolute joy. It does exactly what it is supposed to on every downhill with an ICE shutdown, every ascent just below PWR can be made up with the fee glide or regen on the way down the other side, and I run A/C and now a slight amount of heat from the heat pump albeit in San Diego, it is only absolutely necessary with people onboard or when traveling from 5-miles off the coast or further inland. Maybe 90 percent of the time it is running and the std. heat pump has paid for itself multiple times over. Meet the 2021 Toyota Prius Prime derived from the world’s best-selling hybrid. Add a 25-mile range EV mode and you have the Prius Prime with a 640-mile driving range. New for 2021, the Prius Prime upgrades Safety Sense-P to Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. This suite of driver-assist technologies is highlighted by automatic emergency braking and includes: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian and Bicyclist Detection Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist Automatic High Beam Lane Tracing Assist Road Sign Assist Notice the Prime still does not include RCTA or BSM that are std. on all 2020 and 2021 Prius’ besides the L Eco trim. The big news as we have reported a few times, the Prius Prime LE with the 7” display received Android Auto compatibility for 2021. The large 11.6” screen still lacks and completely wastes what could have been a very nice upgrade for owners the Continent over. As documented for thousands of miles, the efficiency is blow out great. In hybrid mode, the Prius Prime is rated at 55/53/54 city/highway/combined mpgUS. And the real reason for this news story. Through Jan 4th, 2021, NY, possibly NJ, and possibly CT area dealers are offering up to $5k off MSRP via stackable Toyota Rebates. 2020 Prime, $5k off. 2021 Prime, $4k off NY area dealerships are offering huge rebates… On my own 2020, I received a $3,300 off MSRP deal and $3,500 rebate plus $750 Uber driver discount. I have not tried to shop a Prime through a NY area dealership but I did purchase a 2012 Prius PHEV from a Bronx area dealer and it went through with little fanfare other than showing up. Prius Prime Design The Prius Prime is based off the Prius liftback but includes much better looking front and rear fascias, bumpers, and lighting systems. Ultra-low profile LED headlamps and the large acrylic grille simply look better. Out back, the Prime’s “dual wave” rear window combines an exotic look with aerodynamic efficiency and removes the rearview split view problem of the std. liftbacks. A full-width LED rear combination lamp strip adds a unique look at night. A full-width aero glass panel below the rear spoiler, plus a standard backup camera also aid rearward visibility. Automatic grille shutters reduce drag by closing when airflow to the radiator is not needed. Another unique detail, the 15-inch alloys feature aerodynamic covers painted in a two-tone scheme. The Prime’s energy-conserving quad LED headlamps with Auto High beams provide a bright look ahead when the going gets dark. The rear independent suspension design allows a 19.8 cu. ft. of cargo volume. I would estimate there is about 50 to 55 cu. ft. of cargo volume with the rear seats folded. Along with hot stamped high strength steel and aluminum components, the Prime includes a unique carbon-fiber rear liftgate, which also makes opening and closing almost effortless. A total empty mass of 3,365 lbs for the LE trim – 3,375 for the XLE and Limited - is about as light as they come for a PHEV of any range. 2021 Toyota Prius Prime Drivetrain The Prius Prime’s 1.8L Atkinson-cycle, I4 used in all current Prius models, achieves 40-percent-plus thermal efficiency thanks to a high compression ratio of 13.0:1, exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system with a cooler, a smaller, lighter, quieter hybrid system water pump, and an exhaust heat recirculation system that helps speed engine warm-up. On the highway, in EV mode, the Prius Prime cruises in silence. It remains a quiet cruiser in all drive modes thanks to the sound-insulating laminated windshield and front door glass, comprehensive sound insulation measures, and the optimized aero shape that all help to subdue wind noise. 2021 Toyota Prius Prime HVAC is more than noteworthy The Prius Prime ensures cabin comfort with heated resistance heated front seats and an automatic climate control system with a quiet electric compressor. As many of the latest pure BEVs still use resistive elements for cabin heating to reduce cost at the expense of range, the Prime includes an honest to goodness heat pump that allows the system to cool or heat the cabin while driving in EV mode at the highest efficiency. The heat pump can function without the engine running in weather down to 14 degrees F, where a conventional heat pump system could only function with the temperature above 32 F. I can vouch for the system in that it heats quickly even with a cold powertrain. A battery warmer activates at the end of a charge to keep the battery temperature above 32 degrees F, helping to ensure that it can deliver optimal EV performance and range when the vehicle is started again. 2021 Toyota Prius Prime Pricing and Trims 2021 Prius Prime LE $28,220, up $470 over the 2020 MY 2021 Prius Prime XLE $30,000, up $350 over the 2020 MY 2021 Prius Prime Limited $34,000 up $350 over the 2020 MY D&H adds $995 to the MSRP listed above. The Prius Prime is offered in LE, XLE and Limited grades, each with successively more amenities. Prius Prime LE starts fabric-trimmed heated front seats with armrests and seatback pockets; power windows with auto up/down; smart-flow climate control system with pollen filtration; integrated navigation and backup camera; dual sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, and heated power outside mirrors. The standard SofTex-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel integrates controls for audio, climate, the Multi-Information Display and Bluetooth hands-free phone. Additional user tech includes the Smart Key System (on driver side) with Push Button Start. To power devices, there’s a 12V auxiliary power outlet up front, and another in the rear, plus one front USB power outlet. The XLE adds a large but mostly useless 11.6” vertical display. The Smart Key System with Push Button Start controls both front doors and hatch vs the LEs drivers side only door. It also includes wireless cell phone charging for Qi-compatible devices using the console charging pad. SofTex-trimmed heated front seats with armrests and seatback pockets, and 8-way power adjustable seat with power lumbar support round out the interior upgrades. If only that 11/6” display was Android Auto capable, the XLE would be the trim to own. Without, it may as well be a no display as that is how poor the Toyota infotainment solutions are vs the rest of the industry. The Limited adds a heated wheel, remote climate control system, rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers, and auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink. LED fog lights and a color head-up display (HUD) are both gimmicky imho. The Limited includes Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The LE and XLE should have included those as well given they are std. on the base Prius’ in those same trims. The Limited also includes an Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) with Intelligent Parking Assist (IPA). 2021 Toyota Prius Prime Infotainment The LE includes standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa as well as a SiriusXM through a 7.0” central display. The AM/FM/XM/HD system through six speaker audio sounds better than the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gen offerings including the high end JBLs and is perfectly fine for the average consumer. An AUX jack; USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and control; two additional USB 2.1A ports for the rear passengers; advanced voice recognition; hands-free phone capability, phone book access and music streaming via Bluetooth, plus Siri Eyes Free mode, and an integrated backup camera display with static backup guidelines round out the base system. The XLE and Limited’s 11.6” display while fast and bright, is useless without AA or as most OEMs are moving to, wireless AA and ACP. The Limited adds JBL Audio including 10 JBL GreenEdge speakers. 2021 Toyota Prius Prime Safety Prius Prime includes 10 supplemental restraint system airbags, including driver and front passenger; seat mounted side airbags; front and rear side curtain airbags; a driver knee airbag; a front passenger seat cushion airbag; and two rear side airbags. In addition to TSS 2.0, the 2021 Prius Prime is equipped with Toyota’s Star Safety System with Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and Smart Stop Technology (SST). The IIHS has provided the 2020 Prius Prime with an IIHS Top Safety Pick. NHTSA has not tested the Prime but has given the std. Prius a 5-star rating. 2021 Toyota Prius Prime Warranty Toyota’s 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and against corrosion with no mileage limitation. The hybrid battery is covered for 10 years from date of first use or 150,000 miles whichever comes first. The coverage is transferable to subsequent owners, a boon to resale value. The hybrid components retain coverage of 8 years/100,000 miles, whichever comes first. In applicable states hybrid-related component coverage is 15 years/150,000 miles with the exception of the hybrid battery, which is covered for 10 years/150,000 miles. The Prius Prime also comes standard with Toyota Care, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Prius models include three years of 24-hour roadside assistance from date of purchase. All-in, an estimated $0.095/mile TCO in California, no unusual repairs while performing in the toughest duty cycle imaginable, and a retail price of $29,484 incl. carpeted mats not incl TTL. Taking off the $4k Toyota rebate, $4,502 Fed TC, $750 Uber rebate and a possible $3k dealer discount before year end, an OTD price of $17,232 plus TTL. 2020 Toyota Prius Prime LE At the reservoir in San Luis Obispo. If the $5k or higher Rebate appears on the 2021 in the new year, I may sell mine and go get another one year newer with no miles Prime for myself! How about Magnetic Blue yet again?