2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for May 2017
by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant
Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2016 Toyota Prius has been in service almost one year now. This month it spent most of its time carrying us between work and home in Blue Crush Metallic style. When it wasn't running around the city, it spent several days parked at the airport. A detour to the golf course was its only real excitement and an opportunity to reflect on its storage space. Read on to see what we had to say.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We only have a single fill recorded for the month of May, but over that short 321 miles, we saw fuel economy of 49.4 mpg. This just about matched EPA highway estimates but did little to budge the lifetime average.
Average lifetime mpg: 48.3
EPA mpg rating: 52 combined (54 city/50 highway)
Best fill mpg: 57.2
Best range: 497.8 miles
Current odometer: 10,763 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"Am I the only one who misses the previous-generation Prius' wraparound cockpit? It had a high center console that was kind of shaped around the driver. Seemed appropriately spaceshippy; I dug it. But in the new Prius there's just a flat control panel on the dash, with much more accessible storage between the front seats, yes, but little of that cool factor from before. In other words, I preferred the old car's exterior AND interior. Still recommend the new one because it drives so much better, of course, but to me, the previous Prius had the aesthetics down pat." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager of content strategy
"The long-term Prius is one of those cars that always pleasantly surprises me when I get back into it. Never thought I'd be saying that about Toyota's appliancelike hybrid, but the current generation is a real step forward. There's noticeably more pickup around town and less road noise on the highway, which adds up to more driver confidence — it just feels more like a real car. I'm also impressed with the steering response relative to past models. Honestly, if I needed a new commuter car right now, the Prius' styling would be the only thing holding me back. Give me the previous generation's inoffensive exterior and I'd be all in." — Josh Sadlier
"I'm mildly disappointed by the Prius' cargo space. I've been talking up this model's versatility for years, but my golf clubs barely fit in the cargo area without folding the seats down, and I had to position them diagonally. On the bright side, there's enough room back there to stack a few bags without issue, so I generally stand by my assessment of the Prius as a viable crossover-SUV substitute. But I'd classify this generation's trunk as a bit closer to compact than midsize." — Josh Sadlier