Three 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
If there was an option for 6 stars for this specific vehicle, I would be the first to check that. I am a very picky individual and my taste in choosing my vehicles are very unique, in my opinion. First off, I highly prefer vehicles fully manufactured in Japan. Guess what? The Prius is one of them. Most importantly, Toyota has truly made a huge leap with their redesign on the new Prius. Yes, the exterior design gets a lot of heat and negativity, but if you have the courage to look past that and focus on the essence and beauty of the vehicle, it truly is an engineering marvel. The L.E.D lights - front and back - are state of the art and look like laser lights, especially from the rear. The interior is like I've never seen before, and when I sit in, it feels so driver oriented - I'm thinking Toyota has taken ideas from their sports car - the 86. The road holding and balance is so incredibly tight and smooth. The steering has so much richness and it's very well weighted with an expensive feel. I opted for the version 3 since it seems to have the best value with its features - nav, L.E.D lights, lithium ion battery, 3 door smart entry, alloy wheels with two tone cover, Softex steering wheel, etc. The Prius is struggling to sell as of late - probably due to the low fuel prices, plus folks aren't comfortable with the polarizing looks and are taking their time to get used to the latest design which represents the future. And so I took advantage of Toyota's incentives to push these vehicles. Got a fair deal with their 0% financing along with over $3k off the purchase with no trade. I've owned nothing but sports cars in the past, and the latest Prius doesn't make me miss them whatsoever. It's packed with so much excitement if you know where to look and how to appreciate. It's only been 200 miles since my purchase, and this car is the very best one I've experienced - and trust me, I'm all about that experience.
Four Touring 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
We replaced a 8 year old Prius with a 2016 Prius 4 touring. We loved our old Prius and find some of the changes in the new a little quirky. The white console accents- really? White cupholders? i give them another week before they get stained with coffee. Our old prius was noisy, and this new one also has a lot of road noise. The roof peaks over the front seats and they feel wonderfully roomy. The back seats are a bit squishy on head room. The cargo room in the back seems bigger than in the older car. The new safety features- like blind spot monitoring and lane departure are wonderful. The car handles well and feels zippy. The range- 800 or so miles- on a tank of gas is incredible. The screens are easy to read. The navigation system displays on the main console screen, but also can show directional instructions up by the speedometer.
Four 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
update - Oct 29, 2016 - 10,600 miles on the car and I'm still delighted with it. Mileage has averaged 62 mpg -- by actual measurement, which is about 3 mph lower than the dash readout. My daily commute is 60% highway and 40% local roads but not much bumper to bumper. I always drive in ECO and drive sedately but at or above speed limit and definitely not hypermile-ing. No mechanical problems with the car. Still like the same features as in the original review - esp great headlights, comfy interior, enough power, great but touchy brakes, and esp love the rear cross traffic alert, the auto braking, and other driver tech package features. Original review: I have 2600 miles on a 2016 Prius Four. I have previously owned a 2007 Prius and currently still own a 2012 Prius, which my son now drives. Though I've been hugely satisfied with the previous generations, this 4th gen Prius is even better. The gas mileage is averaging 60-62 mpg over the 2600 miles by actual measurement (not via the electronic read-out which is about 2.5 mpg higher). I don't accelerate or brake hard but I drive at or above the speed limit. My commute is 60% highway 40% city driving. The car accelerates a little faster than the previous gen. I got both the Advanced Tech package and the deluxe equipment package. The interior is very nice though not Lexus luxury. Great JBL sound system. Power driver seat with excellent power lumbar. The nav touchscreen is large and is not washed out in bright sun light. Speedo etc is not located so much differently than previous generations and is easy to adjust to. Headlights are fantastic - super bright, automatic low/high beams plus DRL. Nice heads up display on the windshield - easily seen but not distracting and you can turn it off if you want. When using the nav, the heads up display shows turn arrows. Neat! The dynamic cruise control, lane departure warning, and blind spot warning are highly useful. The best tech feature for me is the rear cross traffic alert, which greatly eases the worry about slowly backing out of a spot with obscured side vision. It detects cars 2-3 seconds before they cross behind you, leaving plenty of warning to brake. Large color backup monitor - via nav screen. Toyota wisely moved the transmission lever back to the dash and improved and lengthened the armrest. My 2007 had the best armrest ever made and then the 2012 backslid to a center console with trans lever. The 2016 corrected the error. Cons: not many and not very bothersome. The rear legroom is a bit less but still adequate. The rear headrests fold down - much like the 2012 -- so the rear visibility is about the same. No spare - not a deal breaker - so a little more rear cargo space. The brakes are touchy. Wind and road noise are supposedly better than previous models but seem the same to me (i.e. perfectly acceptable). The driver position is a bit lower than the 2012 - visibility isn't hindered as the window sills are lower - but I have easily adjusted (while admittedly preferring the old, higher level) On balance, this is a very significant upgrade. The tech package is worth every penny. Note that the Prius Four Touring does not have a sun-roof.
Three Touring 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I have owned the 2016 Prius since Feb 2016. Both my wife and I love this car. We have the white interior below the instruments which causes glare at times. I like to pass on what I have learned in driving this car. It's not a negative but important to be aware in my opinion. The drivetrain does not slow down this car with the foot off the throttle.
Contrary to cars with a conventional transmission, the engine and transmission cannot be used as a brake on the Prius. In other words, when reducing speed, the Prius ?coasts like a bicycle? and behaves like it is in ?neutral? and not ?in gear.? This is due to the exceptionally low frictional losses that were designed in both the engine and transmission.
Until I became aware of this, I came close to running into cars stopping ahead of me because by life-long habit I was subconsciously trying to use the Prius drivetrain as a brake. To my surprise, I traveled faster then I initially calculated which necessitated slamming on the brakes at the end.
To compensate for this, use only the brake to slow down.
Four 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
In Spring 2016 I was in the market for a hybrid, so I test drove a Prius 2, Prius 4, Prius V, Honda Civic hybrid, and a Ford Fusion hybrid. I ultimately went with the Prius 4, and I?m very happy with my decision. I?m amazed by the fuel efficiency and the luxurious feel of the car. Here are some of my impressions:
1. The fuel efficiency is unbeatable! I have a long commute with stop and go traffic, and I get 65-69 MPG per trip. The car goes about 650 miles on a single tank of gas. I?m saving a lot of money and I?m also saving a lot of time by not having to make weekly trips to the gas station. I only refill the tank once every month, and that?s when I?ve been driving heavily ? sometimes I can go 6 weeks between refills. (FYI, hybrids do best in traffic because they use the battery most then, so the more you are in traffic vs. the open road, the more efficient the car is, though it still does great on the open road, too.) And all this is without using the ?Eco? mode, which I think would increase mileage even more, I just haven?t experimented with it much. BTW, you only have to change the oil once every 10,000 miles!
2. It handles the best of all the hybrids I tried. It has great maneuverability and the acceleration is surprisingly good for a hybrid. It was noticeably better than the Prius V, and better than the Honda Civic hybrid. The acceleration in the Ford Fusion was OK, but the Fusion wasn?t as nimble. The Prius also has a ?power? mode to boost acceleration when you need it.
3. There are many nice features on the interior! The Softtek material has the look and feel of leather, but it doesn?t get as intensely hot in the sun. I got the all-black interior and it?s really sharp looking. The navigator and Bluetooth work well and the interior is quiet enough for phone calls even at high speeds. There are lots of features on the dashboard for anyone who likes data-driven information, such as ?real-time? fuel efficiency, what the current road?s speed limit is, how many miles you can drive before needing to refill, etc. By comparison I was unimpressed with the Ford Fusion hybrid, which has a picture on the dashboard of leaves growing to indicate how efficient the car is.
4. GREAT for kids. I have two kids and two kids? car seats, and there is plenty of room for them and their seats. The latches that you attach the seats to are very easy to access. The kids can get in and out of the car very easily by themselves. The backs of the kids? car seats do (somewhat) limit visibility out the rear window, but between the reverse camera and the blind spot monitors, I find that it really doesn?t matter. The trunk has plenty of room for all their stuff when we take road trips.
5. The 2016 Prius is a big improvement over the older Prius models. We had a 2005 Prius in our family for 10 years, and while we loved the reliability, we hated the brakes and the visibility. The 2016 Prius brakes are much smoother, and the visibility out the rear is good especially when combined with the reverse camera and large, high resolution picture. It also comes with blind spot monitors which I?m crazy about ? they make changing lanes so much safer and easier! By comparison, I thought the visibility out the rear window of the Ford Fusion hybrid was poor and it had a small (4?) screen on the dashboard (even in the Titanium model), so the reverse camera wasn?t too helpful. Also, compared to our 2005 Prius, this one is much steadier on a windy day ? you don?t get the feeling that you?re being blown around.
6. I love that the Prius (as a car model) has been around for a long time, which makes me less worried about repairs and resale in the future. At the time I was car shopping, Honda had pulled all of its hybrids from the market and the only thing I could test drive was a 2015 Civic hybrid, and it was literally the last one available in my area. It drove OK but I would?ve had to buy it ?as is,? which made me nervous, knowing it was already a year old and there were no others being manufactured. Also, since the Prius has always been a Prius, there are no weird compromises ? for example, the Ford Fusion hybrid has a split-level trunk because Ford had to retrofit the back of the car to accommodate the hybrid battery.
Some quirks about the Prius, which I found ways to manage:
1. YES YOU CAN TURN OFF THE REVERSE BEEP!!! By default the car beeps (on the inside) when it?s put into reverse. It?s a safety feature but it can be annoying. You can?t turn the reverse beep off manually but I had my dealer turn it off, and now it only beeps once and then it?s silent. It?s a big improvement.
2. The entire dashboard is centered, meaning that even the speedometer and gas meter are slightly to the right instead of directly behind the steering wheel. I?ve gotten used to it, but I would point out that the black dashboard is a good choice; since there are no meters right behind the steering wheel, the sunshine on the white dashboard is a bit bright.