2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for October 2016
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2016 Toyota Prius stayed local for the month of October. Mostly, we commuted to the Edmunds offices in it and drove it around on the weekends doing, you know, weekend stuff. The neat thing about the Prius, though, is that its fuel economy isn't dependent on the kind of driving you do. Whether it's city driving or highway driving, you'll be getting about 50 mpg.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Not much has changed since our last fuel economy update. For the month, we averaged 50.8 mpg. The Prius' lifetime average is still below EPA combined mpg of 52, though.
Average lifetime mpg: 47.7 mpg
EPA mpg rating: 52 combined (54 city/50 highway)
Best-fill mpg: 57.2 mpg
Best range: 468.5 miles
Current odometer: 5,523 miles
"I'll admit that the Prius makes me drive a little faster than normal. Knowing that it gets well over 40 mpg no matter how you drive it is the reason. I have little hesitation to mash the gas when necessary since it barely seems to matter. Could this be why I often observe Prius drivers zipping through traffic like they're in some big hurry? Possibly. If our car were a Prius plug-in, it would be a little different. At least then I would be mindful of the battery range I was using up. It's an odd mind-set, but one that's hard to resist." — Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor