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.
by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor
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?
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 Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on August 15, 2016
Prius or Volt?
I go back and forth over which might be the better car for me. I'm leaning 2016 Toyota Prius at the moment, but I can't pin down exactly why.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on July 13, 2016
As long as I'm not forced to stare at it too long, I generally applaud the extensive changes that have been applied to the 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid. Suspension and powertrain improvements have morphed it into a much better driver, and the seating position has made a huge stride forward.
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 Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on June 24, 2016
[Note: Prius not shown above.]
One of the more astounding things about our long-term 2016 Toyota Prius — and its predecessors — is how immune to mistreatment it is despite its enormous technical complexity. This is not to be taken lightly. Toyota has done a masterful job of making the Prius' hybrid powertrain as reliable as the sunrise. This robustness is an industry triumph and one of the keys to the car's widespread acceptance by consumers over the years.
Which is what makes Toyota's loss at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last weekend that much more puzzling.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on May 18, 2015
Our all-new long-term 2016 Toyota Prius is one of the most fuel efficient and practical vehicles on the market. We were so impressed with our initial test that we went out and bought one for our long-term fleet.
While the Prius might post some impressive numbers at the pump, we weren't expecting much at the track, especially after testing our long-term 2016 Toyota Mirai. We definitely don't foresee many Prius owners signing up for track days. Read ahead to see how the Prius performs.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on May 9, 2016
We opted to get our long-term 2016 Toyota Prius in snazzy Blue Crush Metallic, finally realizing a long-held desire to have a paint color named after a Kate Bosworth movie. Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Bronze would've been the ideal, but we'll take what we can get.
Any way, above you'll see the other colors we could've opted for. Or, more accurately, two other colors and four different tones of grayscale.
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.