2016 Toyota Prius: Greatly Improved Driving Position
by James Riswick, New & Used Editor on May 3, 2016
I've never been comfortable in the Toyota Prius. Neither second- nor third-generation models had remotely enough seat or steering wheel travel to achieve anything resembling a comfortable driving position. The seat didn't dip far enough down in the back, it didn't slide far enough rearward and the wheel's telescoping distance was so pathetic I often wondered why they even bothered. At 6-foot-3, I felt like I was sitting on a tiny stool with my arms reaching out as if holding a diaperless baby.
Well, I'm happy to report the 2016 Toyota Prius has corrected this problem at least when equipped with our long-termer's eight-way power seat. It does indeed drop far enough down in the back to provide proper under-thigh support, it slides back much further and the wheel comes out sufficiently. The difference is night and day. I went from not wanting to drive to the corner store to theoretically being comfortable enough to drive to the Four Corners.
I'd be interested to see what manually adjustable seats would be like, but I'm guessing it would still be an improvement. Bravo Toyota
James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor