2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for October 2017
by Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
Typical for our 2016 Toyota Prius, it spent most of the month navigating city streets and crowded highways. That's what it does best, so most of our editors choose the Prius when they're facing consecutive days of commuting. Associate Staff Writer Will Kaufman got plenty of seat time on his extended commute and came away impressed with many aspects of our thrifty little hybrid. Senior Editor Ed Hellwig also liked how the Prius has held up over the last year, still feeling solid and rattle-free.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Continued city use hasn't boosted our overall mileage figure lately, and the Prius still hovers just under the 50 mpg mark. Chalk it up to some of our heavy-footed editors who can't help but dig into the gas pedal a little harder than most while dealing with near-constant traffic.
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: 15,120 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"Auto-dimming rearview mirrors are a bit of a crapshoot, and the one in the Prius is a real snake-eyes. It doesn't get nearly dark enough and the lights of following cars are glaringly bright. It made me long for a manual mirror." — Will Kaufman, associate writer
"I know this car doesn't have as many miles on it as it should, but I'm still impressed by how well it has held together. Everything still feels tight and rattle-free in the cabin. This is noteworthy for a car like the Prius, as hybrids often forgo heavy cabin insulation in favor of saving weight. The result is less room for error when it comes to build-quality issues, but our Prius doesn't sound or feel like it's getting old." — Ed Hellwig, senior editor
"For me, the Prius' biggest sin is that it just isn't comfortable. I don't like the seats, and without an extendable sun visor, the sun is a huge issue with those tall windows. Even though there's plenty of headroom, I feel too large for the cabin (I'm 6-foot, so unlike some of our editors, I'm not some sort of aberration).
"Almost all of my other issues with the Prius are trade-offs for its stellar efficiency, so I can make peace with them. But almost immediately after getting into the car, I start fidgeting, trying to find a comfortable position that just isn't there. That I can't forgive." — Will Kaufman
"The average speed of my daily commute is usually around 15 mph, so it wasn't until I had the Prius for a weekend that I got to drive it at proper freeway speeds. I'll say this much: I was pleasantly surprised. The Prius feels perfectly stable, and while it doesn't offer a lot of acceleration, it also doesn't feel as breathless at speed as some cars."— Will Kaufman