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2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for September 2017

by Carlos Lago, Senior Writer

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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.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for August 2017

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy

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Where Did We Drive It?
Are we running out of things to say about our long-term 2016 Toyota Prius? As the staff's resident Prius fanboi, I like to think that the car's quiet competence has simply left most of my colleagues speechless. We refueled the Prius twice during the month of August, and that's also how many comments were added to the logbook — two.

But those tanks of gas bought us many hundreds of pleasant commuting miles to and from our Santa Monica headquarters. You just hop into this car and go, as if you're driving a well-insulated golf cart. That simplicity makes it easy to take the Prius for granted. It's also why I gladly grab the key whenever it comes my way.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for June 2017

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor

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Where Did We Drive it?
The 2016 Toyota Prius, much like every Prius before it, was built to shuttle people around while delivering pretty solid fuel economy in the process. That's what it does best, and that's exactly what ours is doing day in and day out. It sits, it creeps, it coasts all the while being innocuous and competent. What more could you ask out of this thing?

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2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for May 2017

by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant

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Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2016 Toyota Prius has been in service almost one year now. This month it spent most of its time carrying us between work and home in Blue Crush Metallic style. When it wasn't running around the city, it spent several days parked at the airport. A detour to the golf course was its only real excitement and an opportunity to reflect on its storage space. Read on to see what we had to say.

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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: Open Wide

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on September 8, 2016

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I didn't have any pieces of plywood or large automotive parts to really test the limits of our long-term 2016 Toyota Prius' cargo capacity over the weekend, but that didn't matter. When I opened the hatch to load up my running gear, it was clear to me that the Prius was designed with cargo in mind.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Good Rear Visibility

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on September 6, 2016

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I recently lamented the tiny rear window and high beltline in our long-term Chevy Volt, and how those two features make it hard to see out of the back of the car.

For our long-term 2016 Toyota Prius, though, it's a different story. While it might have that funky rear-spoiler/body-line thingy that gets in the way a bit, the Prius has good rear visibility overall.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Does the Extra Large 29er Mountain Bike Fit?

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on July 11, 2016

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Luggage and suitcases are all well and good. What I want to know about the 2016 Toyota Prius is this: can it haul my Giant extra-large mountain bike with big 29-inch wheels or not?

It's got a hatch, which is a strong start, but its roofline has been drastically lowered for 2016. And it's not a particularly large car to begin with. This was no slam-dunk.

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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: White Plastic's Fine By Me

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on June 21, 2016

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Just a quick riposte to Editor Langness, who opined that the white plastic trim inside our 2016 Toyota Prius has simply "got to go." In fact, it's great and I wouldn't want a Prius without it. It reminds me of the first-generation Chevy Volt, a variety of Apple products and other techy things that are cool. I give it a mental nod of approval every time I hop in.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Seat Heater Controls are Difficult to Find

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on May 11, 2016

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Our 2016 Toyota Prius has heated front seats, but you'll have a hell of a time finding the control switches. Look at the picture above. You won't find them in the usual spots, which are somewhere near the air-conditioning controls or on the center console. They also aren't on the door like some Mercedes or in a touchscreen menu.

Give up?

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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 the2016 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: White Plastic Has Got To Go

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on April 8, 2016

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Whatever you think about the exterior styling on the new 2016 Toyota Prius (I'm not a fan, but I don't hate it either), there's a piece of interior trim that I just cannot abide. Center stage, bright and bold, I'm referring to the white plastic on the center console and the lower half of the steering wheel.

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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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