About a month ago Toyota reached out to us and asked if we would like to drive the all new Prius Prime for a week and blog about it. Sounded like fun to me! So here I am telling you all about it.
The Prius Prime is unique to the Prius family. Although it is still a hybrid, it also has the capability to be 100% electric. A full battery can get you a distance of 25 miles. Not super impressive, but if you only drive it in the city, still very practical. And it is built to be the most efficient hybrid out there. I was excited to drive it because, as a real estate agent, I live out of my car. Without further ado, I give you my week…
Day 1. The car is supposed to be dropped off at 1 pm but I find myself waiting and waiting…. The night before, I had gone with a friend to a Prius Prime meet and greet to learn about the vehicle. We got to look at the car in person. The one they had on display was a light pearl-silvery color. So, I was a bit surprised when they (FINALLY) showed up to my apartment with the car in a bright blue. I believe the official name of the color is blue magnetism. All I can think is blue steel.
Since the car took so long to get to me (not Toyota’s fault they use a company to deliver the car) my afternoon was thrown off. So, I didn’t get to drive it around very far that day. I drove to my office where a co-worker immediately says, “who’s new Prius???”. To which, I reply, “mine! …well, sort of…it’s a loaner.” He replies, “So, I can make fun of the color??!!” HA! Blue Magnetism strikes.
Day 1 began with 50 miles on the odometer a full tank of gas and almost a full charge.
Day 2. I’m so excited to drive the car around! First of all, my little Mazda is dying a slow death. The air conditioning hasn’t worked for 2 summers now. It makes a weird clinking sound. The check engine light flashes at me occasionally even though I strenuously work to keep the oil changed and full. So, to say my week driving a Prius Prime was an upgrade seems like an understatement.
I drive it all around town! I meet with friends in the morning. Then, clients in the afternoon and run some errands. That evening friends have my husband and I over for dinner. They live out in Happy Valley but the drive doesn’t feel far because I haven’t made a dent in the gas and the drive is so smooth. A girl could get used to this.
Day 3. My day begins with meeting clients at a house. I love that when I get into the car I can put the address into the GIANT multi-media display and the car tells me where to go. You may think that when I say GIANT display I’m exaggerating. Well, I’m not. It’s like having an I-Pad on the dash. Seriously, I wondered if I could watch a movie on that thing. The navigation system is super helpful for my job- as I don’t always know the quickest way to get to an address. And, I like that the car tells me where to go and shows me where to go. There is a small projection from the dash to the windshield that only the driver can see that always tells me my current speed, at times the speed limit and an arrow showing me which way I need to turn next to get to my destination.
The day is winding down and I need groceries. My husband jumps in the car with me and we head to the store. I’m excited because I really want to plug the car in and my local Fred Meyer has a charging station. (Since I live in an apartment building there is no where for me to plug the car in. Normally, one would just use an outlet in their garage. And, yes. I see the irony that I rent an apartment and work as a real estate agent) We get to the parking lot of Fred Meyer and I pull into one of the charging spots. However, the charger wont reach the car so I need to back the car into the spot.
The Prius Prime has a rear camera. Why do I find the rear camera so confusing?? I end up parking the car all wonky and my husband can barely stand it. I try once again but use only my mirrors and I park it correctly. (I guess I’m old school!) We get out to charge the car and discover we need a Blink account. Ugh! No charge today.
Day 4. Jury duty. I have to be at the courthouse before 8 am. I leave my apartment at 7:15 and make it downtown in about 10 minutes (thanks to the efficient directions from my car’s navigation system). I pull into a parking garage and see a sign that says charging station on level 8. I’m so excited because I will be at the courthouse all day- the perfect situation to get a full charge!!! When I finally make it to level 8 of the garage I see it’s a Blink station. Again. I need an account. Ughhhh!!!!
Side note- something really funny happened at jury duty that day. Check out my little snapchat video…
Day 5. Second day of jury duty. We get released early. It’s like getting out of high school detention early! Yay!!! I call my husband from my car to tell him the good news. Hands-free calling is another bonus I get with this car that I don’t have with my own. It makes my job much easier.
I am aware that my week is coming to an end soon. I create a guest Blink account and head back to my local Fred Meyer. I park the car (less embarrassingly) and get out to charge the car. The man in the car next to mine gets out and begins talking to me. “Oh the new Prius Prime! Nice! Have you charged it yet? Does it have the quick charge? You’d be surprised how far these chargers reach. Yeah, if we were in Japan you’d have the quick charge. Do you have a Blink account? Did you download the app? Open the app and I’ll show you how it works! Click on the arrow! See? That’s where we are. Now touch the Blink screen. Ugh oh. It’s not working? Yeah. That’s the problem with the Blink stations…” I barely get a word in. I find out he is on some sort of board of electric vehicles. No surprise here. I am unable to charge the car. Again.
Day 6. I don’t have to show houses till the evening so my afternoon is free. Husband calls to ask if I want to meet for lunch. Yes, please! He ends up coming home and we drive to Pho together. He asks how I like the car. “I love it!” Husband asks if it has the parallel parking feature where it parks for you. “Yes, but I’ve been scared to try it!” He convinces me to try it. So, I pull onto a side street and find a spot in between cars that seems large enough to not scare me. I push the button and the car prompts me to pull forward as it measures the distance. Then it starts to park the car. It whips into the spot AND UP ONTO THE CURB! I totally freak! Never using that feature again.
I show houses that night and take advantage of every amenity I can. I make phone calls from the car. Seat heater on. Navigation system gets me to all the houses on my list. I switch between my preset music stations and turn the sound up when I hear a song I love. The car is the perfect temperature because I have it set to a balmy 78. Ahhhh do I really have to say goodbye to this car tomorrow?
Day 7. The company that was 2 and half hours late delivering the car ends up ironically being an hour EARLY picking the car up. I check the odometer. 273 miles. Guess what? I didn’t even use up half a tank of gas. And that was without ever charging the car!
I’m thinking my next car will be a Prius Prime.