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Prius vs Model 3 Suspension

Discussion in 'Model 3: Driving Dynamics' started by Chris Clark, Apr 11, 2018.

  1. Chris Clark

    Chris Clark Member

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    I currently drive a latest gen 2016 Prius and overall I am happy with it but I am planning on buying a Model 3 this fall. I'm very excited for AutoPilot!

    I have read the threads about people's opinion of the new coil suspension but those discussions have been centered on comparing the old M3 suspension to the new coil springs. I don't have access to a Model 3 to test drive so I am not able to feel the suspension myself.

    I am curious how the Model 3 suspension would compared to my current 2016 Prius. I live in San Antonio Texas so I think there are less potholes than up north due to the warmer climate. So I think that will help things.

    Can anyone speak to how the suspension of a Prius would feel compared to the new Model 3 suspension?
     
  2. Jscogin

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    When I take delivery of my 3 on Monday I can maybe assist in this. I currently drive a Prius C with over 100k miles on it
     
  3. pharma5

    pharma5 Roadster F#25, Model 3 #36xx

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    I had a 2016 Prius Touring as daily driver for two years... no problem with the switch to Model 3 over two months ago. I had 2007 Prius Touring as daily driver before that. All that up here in the northeast with seasonal potholes.

     
  4. EV-lutioin

    EV-lutioin Active Member

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    At least with a Model 3 you don't get blown around like a feather in the wind like in my old 2007 Prius.
     
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  5. pharma5

    pharma5 Roadster F#25, Model 3 #36xx

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    I found the 2016 Prius to be huge improvement on 2007 Prius even for that.... But Model 3 is definitely another level of solid with all the extra weight down low.
     
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  6. SoCalMom

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    We have a 2015 Prius. I'm not really a good judge of the suspension. The Model 3 is definitely firmer, but not at all uncomfortable to me. You will love the 3. Going back to the Prius after driving the 3 makes the Prius feel like I'm driving an out of control boat.
     
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  7. Kandiru

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    So you are trying to compare a truffle pate to a hot dog.
     
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