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Which would be the best? Poll is created on May 03, 2021


Which one of these priuses is the best? Worst?


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Is an older toyota prius worse than a higher mile prius, or vice versa/


Which one would you chose? Does age, or usage, degrade the battery/generator? Assuming the exact same driving habits, same stop and go driving, oil change every 5k miles.

How many years and additional mileage do you need it to last you?

At this point I was wondering out of curiosity. I drive 3 to 6k miles a year at this point, I will definitely get an IT job sooner or later that may require more travel. At that point in looking at 10 to 15k miles a year. So not something that needs to be super comfortable or safe, but something that gets very good gas mileage and is pretty reliable, but I can handle a minor repair or something like that and it wont keep me from doing my job.

To answer your question, I don't want to turn $7,000k into scrap value within 5 years. If that happens over 10+ years I would be happy. I'd also be happy to turn $7,000 into $5,000 or $5,000 into $3500 to $4,000 within a few years. Im very gentle on my car currently, I never go over 2500 rpms currently in my 2012 cruze.

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I recommend to avoid buying used hybrids, especially higher mileage ones and you plan to drive a lot with them. If you can, stick to a regular gas vehicle.  They will last longer than a hybrid version, and more mechanics can work on regular gas vehicles over hybrids.  Regular gas vehicles have enough complexity as it is;  going hybrid adds to that.  Usually Toyota Hybrids can go 150,000 to 200,000 miles (generally, even a little more than that to be fair) before battery replacement, generator, or something in the hybrid system needs repair and that will cost $$$$$.  Also, finding a competent mechanic that knows how to work on hybrids will be a challenge and being a specialty expect to pay more;  going to a dealer would be very expensive as well.  I would stick to a regular gas version if you plan to keep the vehicle for a long time and put lots of mileage on it.  Now I will say as long as you never plan to go beyond 150,00-200,000 miles and/or plan to get rid of before then it could be OK - but still not my top choice for a car (daily driver).


Well, I would probably not buy a Prius, they become money pits as they age like a lot of hybrids do. If you really want a Prius, just go and lease a new Prius, but don't buy one.


Get yourself a Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic. good mpg, low maintenance and insurance cost and easy to work on (if needed).