2016 Toyota Prius: Update for February 2018
by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer
Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2016 Toyota Prius continued its usual commuting duties, with a road trip to Oceanside, California, mixed in for good measure. We've reached the end of our yearlong test and, not surprisingly, the Prius reached this milestone with no mechanical difficulties and an average fuel economy of almost 50 mpg. Impressive.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We clocked 729.5 miles on the Prius in February and filled it with 14.6 gallons of unleaded fuel. That comes to 50 mpg for the month, which is a very slight improvement over our lifetime average but not enough to move the needle. The previous best-fill and -range figures remain unchanged.
Average lifetime mpg: 49.7
EPA mpg rating: 52 combined (54 city/50 highway)
Best fill mpg: 57.2
Best range: 513.1 miles
Current odometer: 17,758 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"I was going out of town for the weekend and decided to bring my road bike with me. Our 2016 Prius is a hatchback, but the roofline slopes downward in the rear. I wasn't sure if my bike would fit, but fortunately my concerns were quickly alleviated. The Prius cargo cover was easy to remove and the rear seats folded flat. My bike fit with room to spare and I didn't even have to remove the front wheel. I also had room for a medium-size laundry basket and a couple of shopping bags full of clothes placed in the rear footwells." — Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor
"This is a bold admission for me, but the recent Honda Accord hybrid and our 2016 Prius have changed my perspective on hybrids. Prior to these, the hybrids I'd driven never had enough power, the stop-start systems were too intrusive, and the transition between electric assist and the gas engine were too harsh for my taste. This Prius has vastly improved on those issues. Driving it is no longer a sacrifice you make to get stellar fuel economy. I wouldn't necessarily call it fun, but this Prius is pleasant to drive. With gas prices rising here in California, I'll definitely put a hybrid on my list of vehicles to consider when my current lease is up." — Ron Montoya
"I had to panic-brake in the Prius when a motorcyclist decided to take a right turn perpendicularly across the front end of the car. Luckily I was puttering along in traffic (at most doing 15 mph) and the Prius did a stellar job coming to a quick stop. And that guy's not dead — that's a plus." — Kathleen Clonts, copy chief
"I threw my iPhone 8 Plus on the wireless charging pad, but it took me a while to notice the orange blinking light, apparently indicating it wasn't charging. Come to find out that the iPhone 8 Plus is too big for the charger. According to this 2017 report, Apple acknowledged the 8 Plus might not fit into some vehicles' charging areas: 'Some automotive wireless chargers have physical size constraints and might not fit every phone. If you're planning on buying a car with a wireless charger, make sure that your iPhone will fit in the charger first.'" — Kathleen Clonts