by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Manager
Where Did We Drive It?
Activity in our long-term 2016 Toyota Prius was pretty mild this month, with Senior Writer Ron Montoya logging the most significant miles on a jaunt down to Oceanside in San Diego County. The Prius remains an attractive choice for day-to-day errands or longer trips out of town, but there are a few things Toyota could change to make it even more pleasant.
by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
More city driving in our 2016 Toyota Prius! But unlike last month, we actually used more than one tankful of fuel. There was also some highway driving thrown into the mix to make things more interesting.
For some of our editors, this is now their third or fourth time in the Prius, which means more familiarity. This brings different observations and the initial knee-jerk reactions have mostly faded away. We were able to utilize the cargo space, play with the in-car technology system, and generally just experience the car as a real-world owner would.
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
For most of the month of February, our long-term 2016 Toyota Prius served commuting duty for editors who live relatively close to the office. It also spent time outside our immediate team where, again, it was driven locally on short trips. This means — you got it — the total mileage accumulation was low.
In fact, it clocked fewer than 650 miles and was refueled but once during the month. No, it didn't go that distance on one tank. But there weren't enough days in this (short) month for a second fill.
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on July 7, 2016
You'd be mistaken if you thought that the photo above indicated that our long-term 2016 Toyota Prius allowed cruise control to function when the "gear" selector is in B mode.
Because it doesn't.
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on June 29, 2016
I'm not going to sit here and tell you that the 2016 Toyota Prius is night-and-day better on a road trip than its predecessors. To be honest, I've had an appreciation for this car since the second-generation model (the first hatchback) came out a decade ago. The Prius catches a lot of flack from the cognoscenti, but I've always seen it as a roomy, practical hatchback that rides softly and oh yeah, gets 50 mpg. Those are great road-trip credentials, and you don't have to buy the new fourth-generation car to enjoy them.
Having said that, there's no doubt that the latest Prius is more stable at highway speeds than earlier models. It's got more gravitas, you might say, even though it actually lost a few pounds in the redesign.
by James Riswick, New & Used Editor on May 3, 2016
I've never been comfortable in the Toyota Prius. Neither second- nor third-generation models had remotely enough seat or steering wheel travel to achieve anything resembling a comfortable driving position. The seat didn't dip far enough down in the back, it didn't slide far enough rearward and the wheel's telescoping distance was so pathetic I often wondered why they even bothered. At 6-foot-3, I felt like I was sitting on a tiny stool with my arms reaching out as if holding a diaperless baby.
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on April 19, 2016
I'm always surprised when a new car doesn't have extendable sun visors, but maybe I shouldn't be. Brent recently put our Volvo S60 on blast for this omission, and he noted in his post that our Acura MDX didn't have them either.
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on April 15, 2016
The top "Con" in our current Prius review is "Less backseat legroom than before," which is unusual for an all-new model. Seems like the latest vehicles are always getting bigger these days — more wheelbase, more passenger space, etc. But the 2016 Toyota Prius' backseat bucks the trend, at least by the numbers. Duly intrigued, your moderately gangly 6-foot-1 narrator decided to conduct a rigorous real-world test.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on April 13, 2016
With both the 2016 Chevy Volt and 2016 Toyota Prius in our long-term fleet, it should be a revealing year for the two hybrids. Sure the Volt is a plug-in and changes how we compare efficiency, but the more telling observations will come from the usual areas: ride quality, cabin comfort, utility.
I wasn't expecting much from my first time behind the new Prius's wheel. Of course it's a redesign, but Toyota's a conservative company and the Prius is a bread-and-butter car. How far would they take it?
Far enough and then some, actually.
by James Riswick, New and Used Car Editor on April 6, 2016
With gas prices at the lowest levels we've seen in years, it's not surprising that trucks and SUVs are flying off dealer lots, while hybrids have become passé.
Well, most hybrids at least. Even with cheap gas, the Toyota Prius was still one of the most popular cars on the market last year.
The all-new 2016 Toyota Prius is looking to build on that continued momentum with a comprehensive list of upgrades. The most notable of those improvements is a new EPA rating of 52 mpg in combined city and highway driving.