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2016 Toyota Prius Hatchback

2016 Toyota Prius Hatchback

For Sale near Ashburn, VA 20146


    What Edmunds Says

    A new platform, revamped interior and 55 mpg should make the 2016 Toyota Prius the iconic gas-electric, go-to choice among hybrids.


    Superior fuel economy; huge backseat; spacious cargo area; high-tech features and options.


    Handling could improve with the new platform, but acceleration is still unlikely to inspire.

    Available Prius Models


    • hybrid engine 
    • Continuously variable transmission 
    • Bluetooth 
    • Side/Curtain Airbags 
    • Stability Control 
    • Traction Control 

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    2016 Toyota Prius Hatchback

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    What's New for 2016

    The Toyota Prius will be redesigned for 2016.


    Toyota faces something of a crossroads with the upcoming fourth-generation Prius. The game-changing hybrid's iconic shape represents more than just smart fuel-saving motoring to its loyal owners. For better or worse, the Prius carries social and cultural currency beyond its practical nature, and to reinvent the model is to invite peril. The 2016 Toyota Prius will need to walk a line between loyalists and skeptics.

    With the new Prius' unveiling, it appears Toyota has gotten it right, from the exterior at least. The familiar wedge and tapering windows front-to-rear are present and accounted for, but complemented with additional character creases in the front end, door panels and rear flanks, and LED headlights. For the most part, the new Prius looks like a conventional liftback sedan with cues from Toyota's new Mirai fuel-cell model.

    What's Underneath the Hood?
    Toyota didn't reveal powertrain details at the Prius unveiling, but expect to see the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine carry over, paired with smaller but more powerful electric motors. In a unique twist, Toyota may offer the Prius with both a nickel-metal hydride battery pack, as in the current model, and a more expensive lithium-ion pack that delivers longer range. Rumors persist of an electronically controlled motor that also powers the rear wheels, giving buyers in snow- and rainbelt areas the confidence of an all-wheel-drive Prius.

    The current Prius offers an EPA-estimated 50 mpg combined. Toyota expects the Prius to continue its trend of 10-percent improved fuel efficiency per generation, which would put the new model up to 55 mpg. The plug-in hybrid model is also expected to carry over, as are offshoot models like the Prius C compact and Prius V wagon, although a Toyota spokesman wouldn't comment on the latter models. Redesigns on those models should follow about a year after the regular Prius goes on sale.

    What Special Features Will It Offer?
    An important feature of the new Prius that probably won't receive much attention is the new chassis underneath the sheet metal. This same chassis will underpin future Camry, Corolla and RAV4 models, and while that in itself isn't exactly noteworthy, the new chassis offers a lower center of gravity and, along with a revised suspension package, promises better handling. Tepid, uninspired road moves have been a constant criticism of the Prius, so hopefully the new design injects a bit of athleticism into the fuel-sipper.

    Inside, materials and design seem fresher and of higher quality than in the present-generation Prius, but the cabin doesn't feel appreciably larger than before, despite an increase of 2.4 inches in length and 0.6 inch in width. There still appears to be a vast, flat expanse of dashboard behind the steering wheel, and now a new, inexplicable white center console trim that Toyota would like you to think of as a fine bone china (optional, apparently).

    On the other hand, the Prius does appear to offer an inductive charging pad for mobile devices, which should help minimize power cables and cabin clutter.

    The new Prius will offer modern safety technologies like forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams.

    When Is It Available and for How Much?
    The 2016 Toyota Prius will arrive in dealerships early next year. Pricing has not been announced, but expect a minor increase compared to the current model to account for new components and technology.

    Check back for a full review of the 2016 Toyota Prius, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.

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    • FUEL ECONOMY (CTY/HWY) Not Available
    • CAR TYPE Hatchback
    • TRANSMISSION Continuously Variable-speed Automatic
    • BASIC WARRANTY Not Available
    • ENGINE TYPE Hybrid
    • CYLINDERS Not Available
    • DRIVE TRAIN Front Wheel Drive
    • CONSUMER RATING Not Available


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    Hybrid Regular unleaded


    Front wheel drive Continuously variable-speed automatic

    Engine & Performance


    • MacPherson strut front suspension
    • Torsion beam rear suspension
    • Front independent suspension
    • Front and rear stabilizer bar


    Interior Features

    Power Features

    • Remote keyless power door locks
    • Power mirrors
    • Heated mirrors
    • 4 one-touch power windows


    • Clock
    • Trip computer
    • External temperature display
    • Low fuel level warning


    • Cruise control
    • Front and rear cupholders
    • Front door pockets
    • Retained accessory power
    • Front seatback storage
    • Electric power steering
    • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
    • Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel


    • Interior air filtration
    • Climate control
    • Cargo area light
    • Front reading lights
    • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors


    • Pre-wired for phone
    • Bluetooth wireless data link for hands-free phone


    Exterior Features

    Roof and Glass

    • Variable intermittent wipers
    • Rear defogger
    • Intermittent rear wiper


    • Rear liftgate door

    Safety Features

    • 4-wheel ABS
    • Front and rear head airbags
    • Dual front side-mounted airbags
    • Child seat anchors
    • Emergency braking assist
    • Ventilated front disc / solid rear disc brakes
    • Rear door child safety locks
    • Daytime running lights
    • Engine immobilizer
    • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
    • Rear center 3-point belt
    • Stability control
    • Traction control
    • Electronic brakeforce distribution
    • Tire pressure monitoring

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