2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for June 2017
by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor
Where Did We Drive it?
The 2016 Toyota Prius, much like every Prius before it, was built to shuttle people around while delivering pretty solid fuel economy in the process. That's what it does best, and that's exactly what ours is doing day in and day out. It sits, it creeps, it coasts all the while being innocuous and competent. What more could you ask out of this thing?
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We drove our not-so-little Prius almost 1,400 miles in June and still ran only three tanks of gas through it. And even though we're using the Prius in its natural environment, averaging 453.8 miles on every tank this month is still pretty impressive. We did manage to tack on 15 miles to our previous longest tank record, but that's about the beginning and end to the excitement. We're still more than a little shy of the EPA's combined rating.
Average lifetime mpg: 48.6
EPA mpg rating: 52 combined (54 city/50 highway)
Best fill mpg: 57.2
Best range: 513.1 miles
Current odometer: 12,125 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep:
"I feel like I'm sitting in a plastic bathtub. I do like the lower-than-expected seating position, but the dash, doors and the rest of the interior seem a little too high (unless there's a larger than normal number of really tall people buying these things). It helps to raise the seat up quite a bit." — Kurt Niebuhr, photo editor
"Bless this Prius for having one-touch up AND down window control for all windows." — Kurt Niebuhr
"I recommended the current-generation Prius to a friend the other day. He was looking for a practical car that would also work well for his spare-time gig as an Uber driver. I told him to consider a certified preowned 2016 Prius, explaining that it's much more rewarding to drive than its predecessors, and it'll give him 50 mpg all day long. He was surprised that a 'car guy' would recommend a Prius, but he said he'd take a look. I asked him a couple weeks later what ended up happening. 'I got a Mazda 6,' he said. 'I actually liked the Prius, but it was just too ugly.' I couldn't argue with that. Great car, but oof, that styling." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager of content strategy
"Like most manufacturers, Toyota has a YouTube channel filled with videos on product launches, advertisements and walk-arounds for its vehicles. One of the thousands of videos made by Toyota includes some tips on getting the most out of your Prius/Hybrid whatever. One of them is egregiously bad behavior. Please don't do it. Toyota urges you, the Hybrid driver, not to maintain your speed while driving up a hill, which would decrease overall efficiency. Instead you're told to let the hill decrease your speed until you crest the grade. In the name of traffic flow, all that is holy, and general courtesy, don't please don't do that. Ever. Maintain your speed and maintain the flow of traffic. You're not the only one on the road." — Kurt Niebuhr