4-Time Tesla Owner Opts For New Toyota Prius Prime Plug-In Hybrid-Electric Vehicle
There are a few common phrases Tesla owners like to use when discussing how much they love their cars. One is, "Once you buy a Tesla, you never go back to ICE." Another is, "Tesla is ten years ahead of the competition." While there is certainly an element of truth to both of these common phrases, social media clubs are now full of Tesla owners posting up images of other green vehicles they have just purchases instead of another Tesla.
The most recent that caught our attention was at Teslamotorsclub.com. A member and owner of four past Teslas boldly created a post explaining why a new Prius Prime PHEV was the replacement for a well-worn Tesla Model S. We won't divulge the member's name and background - you can join the club if you wish - but we did check that the member was not new, and had been active for many years.
The reasons that this long-time Tesla owner opted for the Toyota Prius were of interest to us, and maybe you will find them interesting as well. They include:
- The Prius having a greener carbon footprint overall
- Poor Tesla customer service
- Prius Prime's Apple and Android CarPlay connectivity
- "Out of control" Tesla insurance costs
There are more reasons listed, but again, it's a club you can join if you so wish.
If you follow Torque News you know that we view Tesla as the industry benchmark for electric vehicle excellence. That is why the current trend of Tesla owners departing the Tesla brand when they need an additional vehicle or replacement vehicle is newsworthy. At least in our view. Feel free to post yours in the comments below. Here are some related stories to give this one some added perspective.
Author Note: We try hard to comply with the rules of various clubs and forums. We value our membership in such clubs, and as the organizers and admin of dozens ourselves, we like to play fair. Prior to posting this story, we re-read the rules to ensure that we were not violating anyone's trust. The image of the Prius parked at Superchargers is our own and is not the vehicle highlighted in the story text.
John Goreham is a long-time New England Motor Press Association member and recovering engineer. Following his engineering program, John also completed a marketing program at Northeastern University and worked with automotive component manufacturers. In addition to Torque News, John's work has appeared in print in dozens of American newspapers and he provides reviews to many vehicle shopping sites. You can follow John on Twitter, and view his credentials at Linkedin