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2010 Prius - Next Generation



  • tai1tai1 Posts: 6
    I just bought a Prius with the solar panel yesterday and today it was 84 plus! Talking about a perfect timing to test the sys out.

    When I got back to the car after lunch, I noticed the fan was blowing when I got inside. The cabin temp was ok.. .. I have to encounter more hot/humid days to provide my final impression. So far so good but it was only one day experience. ;)

    The A/C button on the key fab is not the air circulation powered by the solar roof. From the user manual, a/c has a 3 min limit but not the fan powered by the solar roof.
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  • hihostevohihostevo Posts: 59
    edited May 2010
    My wife and I are considering trading in our '08 Prius (pkg. 6 Nav/Lthr) for the '10 Prius.

    My wife has decided that the Smart Key system is necessary as a basic function of life itself (must be on both front doors and rear hatch)... which means we must choose from the Prius IV or V models.

    The basic difference seems to be the V has larger wheels and tires, LED headlamps with auto-leveling, and fog lights. The IV has the ability to have the MoonRoof with Solar Panel (not available on the V).

    For those of you who have chosen... why did you choose one over the other... and are you happy with your choice? ie: if you had to do it all over again would you make the same decision?

    Does the solar roof keep the car ventilated and the cabin temperature down continuously or does it only operate for a short period of time. Having solar power available for ventilation sounds really neat... especially for us living in Las Vegas, NV... but does it really work... and how well?

    If we go with the IV over the V... how difficult/expensive is it to add the fog lights afterward?
  • stevegoldstevegold Posts: 185
    There are good reasons to prefer a 2010 but the Smart Key is not enough. I use the Smart key of my 2004 and leave it in the car in my garage which is fine but when I'm around town I keep it in my pocket so if I forget to put it back in it's slot when I get home, I have to go back into the house to hunt around for it in my clothes closet. I'm not sure the 2010 even has a slot so I would be even more prone to leave it in my pocket overnight.
  • hihostevohihostevo Posts: 59
    edited May 2010
    Steve we never leave the key in the slot... matter of fact I don't believe the key has ever been in the slot...

    My wife leaves hers in her purse so that the car recognizes her when she walks up to it and it also prevents her from accidentally forgetting and leaving her purse in the car.

    We currently have both an '05 and '08 Prius with the smart key system... and my wife gets quite annoyed when she walks up to other cars and they don't recognize her and unlock the door..... :)
  • railroadjamesrailroadjames Posts: 560
    We must pamper our wives...they expect nothing less. Toyota keeps perfecting the ways to spoil the ladies. Of course we men don't require such things do we guys? ;)
  • carnaughtcarnaught 'zonaPosts: 2,338
    edited May 2010
    I too live in the desert SW and the solar moonroof does a great job of keeping the car many degrees cooler when we're parked out in the sun, One of the reasons we love the car besides its stellar gas mileage is its technology, and the solar moonroof is another neat bit of tech. that doesn't disappoint. The car is a mainly daytime work-horse and thus we didn't need to spend the extra $'s on the LED headlights, etc.. The larger tires/wheels to me mean more expense at the time of their replacement, slightly less gas mileage and a slightly rougher ride. After all, this isn't a sports car.
  • sas9sas9 Posts: 28
    I got the IV 6 months ago and love the car. I love the fact that the car recogizes me when I walk up to it and I never have to take the "key" out of my purse. Even after 6 months, I'm still getting used to the smart key system and have to think about starting the car each time I get into it. Maybe one day it will all become automatic to me but it's taking some time.

    The car is awesome, rides like a dream and the gas mileage..... gotta love it! Make sure you get the nav, it makes life easy.
  • hihostevohihostevo Posts: 59
    Thank you SAS9.......

    My wife feels exactly the same way... she has had her package #6 '08 Prius for two years and cannot imagine why all cars do not recognize her when she walks up to any door.... :)

    I think we have decided that the Prius IV with the Solar Roof package will give us more functionality than the Prius V which mainly just looks better with the taller wheels and LED headlights.
  • rogue9rogue9 Posts: 8
    I live in area where it gets over a hundred in the summer wand I purchased a package three with nav. I came out of a limited sequoia, it had every option available. My point I guess would be what is the main purpose for your purchase.
    My wife works for the dealer and she wanted every feature available. I gave it some serious thought and really had to ask myself, what is the main reason for such a drastic change in vehicles.
    The answer was not just to be greener, but that was a consideration as well. The main thing for me was to save money on a monthly bases. I wanted the great gas milage as well as a much smaller vehicle price which will obviously lower or car payment.
    When she started loading the car up with a bunch of features it seemed to me the whole purpose for the purchase was getting lost in the mix. As I mentioned I live an area that gets rather warm. I didn't enjoy jumping into my sequoia with the leather seats in that kind of heat. I for once got my way and have enjoyed my car immensely. I got the light color exterior as well as interior, and It doesn't warm up anything like my wifes darker prius.
    Dont get me wrong creature features are nice but you get bundled up with things you don't want just to get one or two things you do want. I had 22s on my sequoia
    So I know about loading up a car with all the things you don't need, guilty here.
    They looked cool but made the ride go from luxury to rock like.
    My message is Get the car you really want without forgetting about the main reason for the purchase in the first place.
    When these things first came out, some dealers were charging thousands over sticker price and they couldn't keep them in stock. Talk about losing perspective for the purchase purpose. You can fill up allot of times for thousands extra these people were paying for the new priuses.
  • hihostevohihostevo Posts: 59
    Like you being "Green" is a side benefit and not the mail attraction.

    My wife is a Real Estate Agent in Las Vegas and as such puts a lot of miles on her car running clients around. Now my wife loves her Honda Pilot because of its flexibility... and even though it is just he two of us now... she uses every configuration of the vehicle on a routine basis (be it grand-kids, lady friends, clients or whatever).

    My wife likes the way the H-Camry drives, but made the decision (hers) that she prefers the higher gas mileage of the Prius as well as the increased flexibility with the hatchback and split fold-down rear seat.

    The Smart-Key system is like air and water to her now... so that is a given. We did discuss the Prius III, but she wanted the Smart Key system on all doors, not just the drivers door... so that led us to the IV or V.

    I like the "looks" of the V, but believe we will go with what "appears" to be greater functionality of the IV with the solar roof package. Do we actually "need" the solar roof... no..., but I do like the factory Nav system in the Prius as it makes excellent use of the built in screen. There are benefits to after-market Navs (like being able to make simple changes while in motion, but at our age there is also something to be said for the larger screen :) ).

    I really appreciate those that have taken the time to share their feelings and comments... this is one of the truly great things about the internet is the ability to share information and experiences with so many people.
  • mapleleavemapleleave Posts: 25
    It is now going to be end of this year for 2011. Since it was launched early 2010, that is almost two years for 2010 MY.

    I am wondering, with Nissan Leaf and GM Volt coming out, will Toyota add Plug-in to 2011 as a surprise?!
  • sas9sas9 Posts: 28
    I've had my Prius for 10 months and only drive in ECO mode for best gas consumption. Can anyone tell me their experience with gas consumption between the two modes? Does the power mode really give better mileage?
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,602
    Have 2500 miles on my 2010 IV and wondered why there was no warning chime if you left your headlights on. Seems there is an auto shut off. Couldn't find a reference to it anywhere. Also figured out that the rear headrests fold forward to facilitate lowering the seatbacks. This a great ride and fun to drive.
  • sas9sas9 Posts: 28
    Hi - yes the headlights will go off automatically. I think it takes about 15 seconds from the time you turn off the car.

    If you have navigation, have you figuered out how to eliminate the split screen and only have the map portion show? Thank you!
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,602
    No nav -- only option was the mat kit which is very nice.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Have you tried touching one side or the other to see if that screen becomes the full screen? I have seen that on other cars with nav.
  • I rented a 2010 out of Denver this last week and I discovered that if you push the lock button on the key twice, it will shut off the lights immediatly. I wish my 2008 had the delay option for the lights to stay on as they shut off as soon as I open the drivers door. The delayed headlights are a nice feature to have when parking at night and you have to walk to the house. That way your aren't in the dark when you unlock the house door.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,602
    Thanks sthoge, didn't know that either.
  • rebdrebd Posts: 4
    edited November 2010
    I am shopping for a 2010 Prius IV. And I'm considering the factory installed Navigation, only because I want the rear view camera. If I don't get the Navigation system, the dealer has also offered to install an aftermarket rear view mirror which will include a camera, a homelink and compass. Any thoughts on putting these kinds of aftermarket options on the Prius? Any recommended brands? In addition to the camera it must include a homelink. Thanks ahead of time for any opinions.
  • It sounds like a plan,but your rear view picture will be quite small.I have the factory rear view camera on my Prius,but I don't use it at all.I would rather turn my head around and use the mirrors.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    I test drove a Equinox with the camera in the mirror and found the camera was like the outside passenger mirror giving you the look that what ever was behind you was way behind you when in fact it was very near. If theirs is that way, don't waste your money as it sure won't help in backing up.
  • rebdrebd Posts: 4
    edited November 2010
    Thanks everyone for the quick responses.

    Mickey, Yes, I have the factory camera on my 2006 prius, so I've gotten used to having one.

    Dmathews- I agree. Even the camera image on the regular size monitor seems farther away than it really is, so I'm already used to that. I back out of a 53 foot long driveway everyday and any image (near or far) would be helpful for me to see what's directly behind me.

    I guess my main concern is if putting aftermarket stuff on the Prius (like this) could cause some kind of electrical problems.... So that's my only hesitation.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,602
    My IV already has homelink -- bet yours will too. Go to priuschat and read about folks who are unhappy with the factory nav. If you really need the back-up camera you have fewer options. There are othe cameras avalable with bigger screens that mount on the dash.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    My wife has a Fusion Hybrid with Nav built into dash on about 7" screen. It is great with actual camera image like it should be not convex like right mirror. It even has the lines in differt colors so you know how far away you are. When it gets to the red line you are about one foot from the object. Great system.
  • You should definitely get the factory navigation. It works well with the other functions of the vehicle such as the phones bluetoothe and rear camera. You can pull up lists of previous calls incoming and outgoing while driving and make a call with one easy touch. The phones voice recognition also works through the nave system. I wouldn't purchase one without the factory nav. I don't look at the backup camera but I do have the kids watch it when I'm backing up. The nave system adds to the vehicles overall ease of function and convenience.
  • rebdrebd Posts: 4
    edited December 2010
    Purchased my 2010 Prius IV yesterday without the Nav. Instead the dealer will be installing an aftermarket (50genk3545) self dimming mirror camera which also has a homelink and compass. The camera screen size on this one is much larger than the factory mirror camera, so it will be quite sufficient.

    I seriously considered the NAV, for the reason rogue lists, but decided the Package V with an aftermarket camera would be adequte for my needs, not to mention I do have a gps system and family locator in my cell phone, which I believe is more user friendly and up to date than the Toyota Nav. Thanks everyone for your input. I'll be posting more details in the prices paid discussion.
  • Still mulling over a Prius purchase so I rented a 2010 for two days to help make my decision. When I test drove a 10 at the dealer, the EV mode was good until 25 MPH---this rental goes to gas mode at 10 MPH. I was able to drive over 10 on one occasion in EV mode however. Anyone have input, I am worried this is one of the electronic issues I have been reading about (although I have not read of this specific issue) ??
  • biomanbioman Posts: 172
    I have been driving our 2010 Prius IV since August of 2009. The EV mode is there for publicity purposes only, IMO, The Ni-metal Hydride battery can sustain a drive at about 20 MPH of maybe a mile. When the plug in hybrid with the Lithium Ion battery is put on the market the EV mode will have a significant range upgrade. The car has met or exceeded our expectations. This is especially true since I removed the ugly plastic wheel covers hiding aluminum alloy wheels. Mileage has been in the mid to high 40's with an occasional 50+ MPG tankful. The electronic issues you have been reading about concerns an issue involving the ABS and the the switch over from battery regeneration mode to the mechanical braking system, This problem was fixed with a software upgrade in Jan 2010. It affected cars that were made in the early production runs of the 2010 Prius.
  • Thanks for the reply, I just drove it to lunch and was able to drive twice to 25MPH----once to 10 MPH. Dont really get it but I have not read the manual. Also was able to switch fro ECO mode to EV mode whilst moving at 22 MPH, go figure. Also unable to use EV when just starting out after the car has been sitting, I suppose that has to do with the battery. I have a 3000 foot driveway and would like to get out to the road on EV as I do that four times every work day. Glad you like your Prius, this is a very tough decision for me as I have always been a truck/suv guy. Happy Priusing ! :)
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