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2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for August

by Caroline Pardilla, Senior Copy Editor

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Where Did We Drive It?
You know that friend you have who, although not exactly the life of the party, is someone you can count on to help when you need it? That's our long-term 2016 Toyota Prius. It's not our first pick for weekend shenanigans, but some of our editors prefer it simply to get from point A to point B because, you know, Prius equals fewer fuel stops. In August, our thrifty little hatchback stuck around town, serving as a dependable ride and a handy, fuel-efficient mover.

For the most part, the two staffers who drove the Toyota this month had plenty of compliments and only a couple of minor issues.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for January 2018

by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

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Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2016 Toyota Prius traveled a scant 600 miles in January. Most of those miles were for commutes to work, trips to the gym and running errands. Not terribly exciting, but it's a good example of how most people will actually use this vehicle.

In this month's logbook entries, there were a couple of observations on the Prius' interior, the comfort of the driver's seat, its handling in the canyons, and even a rare compliment on its looks.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for December 2017

by Will Kaufman, Associate Staff Writer

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Where Did We Drive It?
This month our 2016 Toyota Prius mostly sat around while everyone was gone for the holidays. When it was on the road, the Prius handled, you guessed it, more commuting duty. As both Rex and Josh note in the comments below, the Prius is in many ways the ultimate commuter, regardless of how the snootier among us may feel about the humble hybrid.

And yet Prius sales are actually down. Not for the extended Prius family, which is flourishing with its Primes and C's and Zumble-Zays. The drop-off is specifically for the venerable, original-flavor hatchback. It could be that the plethora of other Prius options are taking their toll on the non-plug-in hatch, but Travis (and his dad) think it might just be the new generation's looks.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for October 2017

by Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor

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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.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for July 2017

by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Manager

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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.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for March 2017

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor

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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.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for February 2017

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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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.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Cruise Control Idiosyncrasyn

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on July 7, 2016

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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.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Better Road-Trip Car Than Ever

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on June 29, 2016

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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.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Greatly Improved Driving Position

by James Riswick, New & Used Editor on May 3, 2016

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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.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Sun Visor Doesn't Extend

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on April 19, 2016

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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.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Testing the Smaller Backseat

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on April 15, 2016

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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.

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2016 Toyota Prius: No Longer Needs a Pass

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on April 13, 2016

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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.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Introduction

by James Riswick, New and Used Car Editor on April 6, 2016

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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.

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