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2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for June 2018

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy

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Where Did We Drive It?
Ho hum, just another 50 mpg month for our long-term 2016 Toyota Prius. Matt Jones gave the Prius a little high-speed exercise on a day trip to San Diego, while Cameron Rogers leveraged its handy hatchback cargo area on a home-improvement run to Lowe's. The logbook comments continue to be largely positive, although the infotainment interface has been a sore spot. Overall, it's hard to avoid the conclusion that the pleasant, practical and supremely fuel-efficient Prius is one of the best cars on the market at serving its intended purpose.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for April and May 2018

by Cameron Rogers, Staff Writer

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Where Did We Drive It?
Stop us if you've heard this one before: "The Prius spent [insert month here] mostly commuting around the Greater Los Angeles area." Until now, we've mostly driven our 2016 Toyota Prius as most Prius owners do: stuck in traffic, letting the engine rest as the battery keeps the car creeping along at low speeds. We haven't made a concerted effort to take it on long road trips.

In April, it was more of the same, and May looked to be no different. That is until Rex decided the Prius would be a suitable partner on his road trip to Oregon. In the process, Rex more than doubled the distance the Prius had driven in any month to date.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for March 2018

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing Operations

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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.

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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 November 2017

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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Where Did We Drive It?

We added just 376.7 miles to our 2016 Toyota Prius in November. We've held onto it nine months past its original expiration date, just to see if we could gather a more comprehensive set of mileage data. But now about 18 months into its time in the fleet, and with just 15,401 miles on the odometer, it's safe to say we're over the Prius.

Not that it's a bad car. It's just that we're often spoiled for choice, and when it gets down to it, other cars do the same job with more utility, comfort and style. Our long-term Volt, for example, also stayed well past midnight yet racked up almost 29,000 miles. We liked it a lot, apparently. The Volt possessed a solid heft and feel, while the Prius feels hollow and lean in its quest for maximum fuel thrift. And then there's the interior. And exterior. And that joystick thing that makes the car go forward, back or stationary.

But overall, today's Prius is a good evolution of the former. There's more room, its handling is (marginally) more responsive, and the cabin looks better than before. And it still does well what it's always set out to do: Conserve fuel. Our average mpg during this long-term test is 49.6 — shy of the EPA rating, but still impressive given the kind of driving the Prius endures.

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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 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 April 2017

by Caroline Pardilla, Copy Editor

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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.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Prius or Volt - Which Would You Rather?

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on August 15, 2016

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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.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Seating Position Versus Sun Visor

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on July 13, 2016

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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.

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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: Racing Improves the Breed, Or the Other Way Around

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on June 24, 2016

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[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.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Performance Tested

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on May 18, 2015

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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.

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2016 Toyota Prius: What Colors Are Available?

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on May 9, 2016

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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.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Aftermarket Door Edge Guards and Wheel Arch Moldings Have Got to Go

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on April 12, 2016

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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.

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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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