2016 Toyota Prius: Aftermarket Door Edge Guards and Wheel Arch Moldings Have Got to Go
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on April 12, 2016
The 2016 Toyota Prius is not a particularly attractive car. One could argue this is not a major tragedy because — let's face it — maximum mpg is the Prius' prime directive. Still, theres no point in making things any worse.
That's why our long-term test car's dealer-installed door edge guards and wheel arch moldings have to go. Not only are they exceedingly ugly, they have the cheap look of a quick-and-dirty aftermarket product, which is exactly what they are.
Fortunately, we caught them early. These dubious trim pieces were a recent addition to a brand-new car, which meant the peel-and-stick adhesive had not had time to fully cure.
An exploratory dig with a fingernail at one of the ends suggested they'd peel right off. It helped that the day I decided to attack them was warm and cloudless, with the temperature just north of 80 degrees.
Using steady pressure, the first one did indeed peel right off without leaving any residue.
Four doors plus four wheel arches equals eight moldings, and they were all gone in five minutes. Just a single inch-long trace of residue remained behind, and it rolled off under my thumb in a second.
None of this represents a loss to us. They were ridiculously easy to remove and we didn't pay for them. We bought this particular car with this particular equipment in the color we wanted from a dealer a long ways off, and the store it came from had already installed them before we made the deal. Removing them was pure gravy.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 825 miles