Overall, I enjoy my Prius. Recently though, I feel as if I may not be able to live with this one. Being the creative type that I am, I had to find a solution that not only helps me get rid of the problem, but could up the value of the car as well.
The Most Annoying Thing About My Toyota Prius
To be 100 percent transparent here, I own and drive a 2nd generation Prius, 2007, to be exact. I have been driving this car now for about nine months and have loved it. I enjoy the excellent fuel economy, the easy, inexpensive maintenance and the fact that it is just a reliable car.
Now that the weather has been much colder, I am finding that getting my Prius warm is quite the challenge. Due to how efficient the gasoline engine is, Prius does not generate much heat. Which directly translates into less heat in the cabin. Even when I warm my Prius up for a few minutes before driving, my 20-mile commute still does not get the car warm to where I feel comfortable.
The lack of heat is the single most annoying thing about my Prius that I was not sure how to fix, until now.
Aftermarket Seat Heater Inserts For The Win
My Prius has leather seats, so when the cold hits, you feel it. These seats compound the cold feeling tremendously. I knew this was where I needed to start.
After doing some digging around, I found a set of seat heaters that install into existing seats for less than one hundred dollars. These are not just any seat heaters, and they are inserts that have a fit and finish as if they were factory.
Now, I have them on order but plan on doing a full write up once I get them here and installed.
Annoying as cold seats are, I still love my Prius. I hope that this will be my answer to those cold mornings, something tells me that I will be nice and warm here very soon. It should also help increase the value of your Prius, especially once the potential new owner sits down on a nice warm seat.
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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter is also an Instructor of Automotive Technology at Columbia Basin College. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter. Find his page on Facebook at Certified Auto Consulting