by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing Operations
Where Did We Drive It?
March was filled with 2016 Toyota Prius milestones. We've owned the car for two years, but just set records for the fewest miles driven in a month, least number of fill-ups, best fuel range and second-best fuel economy on a single tank. We also experienced its first flat tire, its first day out of service, and the first time we spent money on maintenance.
It was an eventful stretch considering we didn't drive the Prius a heck of a lot. Read on for an explanation of all of these firsts.
by Caroline Pardilla, Copy Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
I'd wager a guess that the 2016 Toyota Prius is probably not the first car that comes to mind when one thinks: "Vegas road trip car." The dependable hybrid hatchback just doesn't inspire an enthusiastic "Vegas, baby! Vegas!" But as something to drive for 270 miles and then forgo valet to just self-park in a casino/hotel garage, it works just fine.
Besides, our long-term top-level Prius has all the things a couple of road-trippers need for a comfortable four-hour-long haul, including a USB port and charging pad to keep devices all charged up and satellite radio for an uninterrupted soundtrack (Siriusly Sinatra and Elvis Radio for the win!). The only real nits I'd pick are the skittish adaptive cruise control and the multitude of audible alerts the car has for every occasion, including leaving the windows down when parked.
Other than my Vegas run, our Prius spent most of its time shuffling around town. Commuting, groceries, the usual daily driver stuff. Nothing too memorable, so excuse us if we don't have many comments from those trips.
by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on September 16, 2016
I was greeted by this warning when I climbed into our 2016 Toyota Prius yesterday. This was going to be an easy one. A tire rotation and safety inspection are all the service manual outlines for this 5,000-mile interval. And with the ToyotaCare plan we enjoy free scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles. It was only going to cost us time.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on April 12, 2016
The 2016 Toyota Prius is not a particularly attractive car. One could argue this is not a major tragedy because — let's face it — maximum mpg is the Prius' prime directive. Still, theres no point in making things any worse.
That's why our long-term test car's dealer-installed door edge guards and wheel arch moldings have to go. Not only are they exceedingly ugly, they have the cheap look of a quick-and-dirty aftermarket product, which is exactly what they are.
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.