Just wondering, does the ICE still spin and start effortlessly in Canadian temperatures if you don't use a heater?
Yup. A bonus that hybrid owners will appreciate in the winter. The 12V battery only needs to start up a computer in a hybrid. In a regular car, it needs enough CCA to power the alternator to start the engine.
If you don't plug it in at -20°C or below (not an exact temperature, just using that for reference), the engine will fire up immediately when you start the car. If you do plug it in, you can usually back out of the spot before the engine comes on (assuming you don't have the climate control at Defrost)
^wow, -40C and you have the AC on almost full blast?!?! hahaha JK im assuming its the defroster.
EDIT: just realized you have it set to feet in the pic
It's just in AUTO mode so ya it's blowing at the feet and the car is in ECO mode. If I turn off the climate control, the engine actually shut down lol. Granted, that was just an experiment cause at that temp, I wanted my heat back asap!
At 90km/h (56mph), the engine was just "drinking" fuel at 33mpg showing at the instant fuel economy gauge at those temperatures.
I've been noticing it big time... EV mode doesn't kick in much at all, my tanks have gone from 980km to under 900.
And this is only 0-5 degree weather... How bad does it get in Jan-Feb when it's -15!?
Try ECO mode. It lowers the temperature threshold for engine shut off and cuts back on the climate control. I've had my Prius shut off at -10°C in ECO mode with the climate control set at 21.5°C.
My tank on the Prius drops from 800-900km down to 500-600km in the middle of winter (partially exacerbated by the fact that I don't run my tank below 1/4 in the winter for safety reasons).