2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for August 2017
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy
Where Did We Drive It?
Are we running out of things to say about our long-term 2016 Toyota Prius? As the staff's resident Prius fanboi, I like to think that the car's quiet competence has simply left most of my colleagues speechless. We refueled the Prius twice during the month of August, and that's also how many comments were added to the logbook — two.
But those tanks of gas bought us many hundreds of pleasant commuting miles to and from our Santa Monica headquarters. You just hop into this car and go, as if you're driving a well-insulated golf cart. That simplicity makes it easy to take the Prius for granted. It's also why I gladly grab the key whenever it comes my way.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Our August adventures accounted for 577.1 miles, officially, during which the Prius consumed 12.3 gallons of 87 octane. That's good for a monthly average of 46.8 mpg, slightly below our overall average. It's notable that we're not particularly close to the EPA combined figure of 52 mpg, although 48.6 mpg ain't too shabby.
Average lifetime mpg: 48.6
EPA mpg rating: 52 combined (54 city/50 highway)
Best fill mpg: 57.2
Best range: 42.3 miles
Current odometer: 13,590 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"As with many hybrids and EVs, the Prius gives drivers the option to choose between aggressive regenerative braking and a more typical gradual slowdown when rolling off the throttle. Pull the transmission selector to the left and down to D for normal driving, or straight down to B for greater use of the battery-charging regen brakes (which facilitates so-called one-pedal driving).
"Notably, the Prius requires the user to select D before B can be selected. I found this out the hard way after backing out of my driveway and attempting to put it straight into B. It took a few seconds for me to realize that you can't go immediately into B. I appreciate the patience exhibited by the drivers who waited while this clueless driver figured out how to work his Prius after pulling out into the middle of the street.
"For the record, the Volt allows you to go right into regen brake driving. It's the L on its classic PRNDL shifter." — Cameron Rogers, Staff Writer
Interior and Cargo Space
"It's no secret around the office that I'm a big Prius fan. One reason is the just-right size of this car. It's like a compact-plus hatchback. Easy to park, feels nimble in traffic, but I'm 6-foot-1 and can easily sit behind the driver's seat when it's configured for my long legs. Can't say that about true compact hatches. Also, the trunk is big enough that my golf bag drops right in; no need to fold down a seatback. It's unfortunate that the versatility of the Prius gets lost in all the talk about its hybrid-ness." — Josh Sadlier