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2016 Toyota Prius Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Toyota Prius: Hard-to-Modulate Brakes

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on September 12, 2016

2016 Toyota Prius

I drove our long-term 2016 Toyota Prius for the last six days, and I wasn't able to come to a smooth stop more than four or five times. Whether I was exiting the freeway, moving between lights or puttering around in parking lots, I just couldn't master the art of stopping gracefully.

The last five miles per hour before the Prius comes to a complete stop are particularly harsh. It seems like there's a sudden application of way-too-much braking force, regardless of pedal pressure. I tried driving the Prius with a variety of shoes to see if it was a sensitivity problem, but even when I went so far as to go shoeless, I still couldn't get a smooth stop the majority of the time.

For me, that's a deal-breaker. What hybrid does this stopping thing better? Well, for starters, our long-term Volt. Guess I know where I stand on Frio's Volt vs. Prius question.

Travis Langness, Automotive Editor @ 4,990 miles

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