2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for June 2018
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy
Where Did We Drive It?
Ho hum, just another 50 mpg month for our long-term 2016 Toyota Prius. Matt Jones gave the Prius a little high-speed exercise on a day trip to San Diego, while Cameron Rogers leveraged its handy hatchback cargo area on a home-improvement run to Lowe's. The logbook comments continue to be largely positive, although the infotainment interface has been a sore spot. Overall, it's hard to avoid the conclusion that the pleasant, practical and supremely fuel-efficient Prius is one of the best cars on the market at serving its intended purpose.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We covered 880.4 miles in June and poured in 17.3 gallons of regular unleaded, which comes out to a cool 50.8 mpg. As Rex discovered last month, the Prius can be less thrifty on the open road, but in mixed driving, it's kind of hard not to get 50 mpg in this thing. While we're still a bit shy of the EPA's 52 mpg combined figure, presumably few drivers would be disappointed with a 49.5 mpg average over the first 24,000-plus miles of ownership.
Average lifetime mpg: 49.5
EPA mpg rating: 52 combined (54 city/50 highway)
Best fill mpg: 57.2
Best range: 521 miles
Current odometer: 24,340 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"On a recent Friday morning, I drove our 2016 Toyota Prius from Long Beach to San Diego. That afternoon, I drove the Prius back. As far as miles go, my little jaunt was a hair under 250 miles round-trip. As far as hours go, my butt spent about five in the driver's seat. And as far as finally understanding why the cool kids are so down on the Prius, I'm still sitting at null.
"This vehicle is more than fine. I was comfortable and I never felt like it didn't have enough get-up-and-go. I like the interior and its features. And on top of that, I was comfortable. You know what? I'm gonna come out and say it: I outright enjoy driving this thing. And I will not back down from that." — Matt Jones, senior consumer advice editor
"For the life of me, I couldn't get my phone to connect to the Prius interface. I was dying to listen to a Westworld podcast and I tried several times to connect but ultimately gave up. Maybe I need my code rewritten. Anyway, I kept getting this error message. I decided to listen to the radio, but kept hitting the touchscreen and changing the station every time I went to adjust the volume. It got annoying." — Kathleen Clonts, copy chief
"Hatchbacks may look a little strange to our American eyes, but there's no denying their practicality. Even relatively small ones can transport cargo that you'd have trouble loading into a typical sedan. My wife needed to pick up gardening supplies, so we drove the Prius to our local Lowe's. We purchased 10 bags of mulch, three bags of soil, six plants, and several small odds and ends. As I pulled the car around to the front of the store to load it all in, the Lowe's worker asked my wife, 'Have you ever loaded all this into a Prius?' It all fit, though my wife had to share some leg space with a few flower pots." — Cameron Rogers, staff writer