2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for September 2017
by Carlos Lago, Senior Writer
Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2016 Toyota Prius sails past a year and a half of ownership this month. Since acquiring it in March of last year, our funky-looking little blue hybrid has amassed less than 15,000 miles. While that's more than most cars get in the hands of average drivers, it's still lower than what we typically put on long-term cars.
Edmunds staffers have gravitated toward other vehicles for longer drives and use the Prius mostly for commuting around town. Abigail Bassett and Ronald Montoya did the latter this month and commented on a few interior features, from the wireless charging pad to the noise.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Our Prius accrued a mere 804 miles this month. We filled up just twice and didn't set any new records with fuel economy, good or bad. Our lifetime fuel economy continues to stray below the EPA fuel economy ratings.
Average lifetime mpg: 49.8
EPA mpg rating: 52 combined (54 city/50 highway)
Best fill mpg: 57.2
Best range: 513.1 miles
Current odometer: 14,394 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"Our Prius is loud. I was at a standstill on the freeway and could hear buses and truck engines all around me through closed windows. Plus the tires are super loud at highway speeds. Also, who thought a white plastic interior that looks a lot like a urinal was a good idea?"
"The brake pedal feels strangely mechanical while everything else in the vehicle has an electronic feel. When you release the pedal quickly, it snaps mechanically to the top of its travel, echoing through the cabin."
"The warning bells and whistles need to go. Really, who needs a backup beeper inside their vehicle?" — Abigail Bassett, senior director, video & social media
"Our Prius' wireless charger hasn't seen much action since most of our staff have iPhones. However, this feature has suddenly become more relevant for Apple fans now that the iPhone 8 and X have been revealed and will support the Qi wireless charging standard. While I'm in no hurry to upgrade from my 7 Plus, this is definitely a feature I'd want in my next car." — Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor
"The infotainment system that reads your text messages is pretty solid. It's clear and does a good job of getting words correct. But the actual interface is kind of rotten. It's not simple or elegant to navigate through." — Abigail Bassett
"Prius drivers tend to have a reputation for driving slow and methodically. Maybe they're trying to hypermile, maybe the car doesn't have enough power to quickly move around, or perhaps they're just bad drivers. Whatever it is, people seem to not want to follow behind me and rush to pass at the earliest opportunity. I went hiking over the weekend and was driving on a one-lane road. A lifted pickup truck behind me quickly grew impatient and started following way too close for comfort. I try not to drive like the Prius stereotype, but I still have to observe the speed limit. I eventually came upon a passing lane and allowed the truck to whiz by. He didn't get very far — his progress was slowed by another vehicle in front. These aggressive maneuvers people often do while driving don't add up to much time saved." — Ron Montoya