Underwood,I got a Limited. Also was able to get every option you could put in it. And was able to get it under 40k I did the math. and I am still FAR ahead $$$ wise not getting the Prime. Plus I have every option I could ever want. Yeah I can't plug it in and drive awhile but at under $2 a gallon I can buy an AWFUL lot of gasoline. Hell for my driving needs gas would need to go to $7 a gallon or more to make it begin to make any sense
Underwood,What scares me more than expensive gas is no ammo. We honestly even with all you cite not be able to make use of the Prime. Plus the fact (though my dealer claimed they would not) many are charging up to $10k over sticker and getting it
I just filled up the gasoline tank after 6 months 1 weekLet the gas engine run every so often, the repair guys say they have seen Prius primes where the gas engine was not run for a year causing lots of problems.