2016 Toyota Prius Long-Term Road Test - MPG

2016 Toyota Prius Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for October 2017

by Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor

2016 Toyota Prius

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 September 2017

by Carlos Lago, Senior Writer

2016 Toyota Prius

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 July 2017

by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Manager

2016 Toyota Prius

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 June 2017

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor

2016 Toyota Prius

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

2016 Toyota Prius

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 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: Monthly Update for March 2017

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor

2016 Toyota Prius

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 January 2017

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor

2016 Toyota Prius

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2016 Toyota Prius had a relatively quiet January, puttering around the Los Angeles area and adding 682 miles to its odometer in the process. The Prius hasn't been an ideal candidate for some of the lengthy road trips we've taken recently, but be on the lookout as we take it outside the confines of the gnarly L.A. metro area in the near future.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for November 2016

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

2016 Toyota Prius

Where Did We Drive It?
There's not much to report about our long-term 2016 Toyota Prius for November. We used it as it was intended, commuting to and from Edmunds HQ and running the usual errands. Since the last update, we've logged just 876 miles, limited to mostly city driving.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for October 2016

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

2016 Toyota Prius

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2016 Toyota Prius stayed local for the month of October. Mostly, we commuted to the Edmunds offices in it and drove it around on the weekends doing, you know, weekend stuff. The neat thing about the Prius, though, is that its fuel economy isn't dependent on the kind of driving you do. Whether it's city driving or highway driving, you'll be getting about 50 mpg.

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2016 Toyota Prius: August Fuel Economy Update

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on September 14, 2016

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Our long-term 2016 Toyota Prius didn't venture very far from home during the month of August. Over the last four weeks it only clocked 853 miles on the odometer, which meant it only visited the pump three times.

For those three fill-ups, the Prius averaged 46.8 mpg, a little lower than our lifetime average of 47.5 mpg (which is still about 9 percent below the EPA estimate of 52 mpg combined). But we did record a new "best range," which is nice.

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2016 Toyota Prius: August Fuel Economy Update - Impressive Range

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on August 10, 2016

2016 Toyota Prius

It's been two months since we reported the fuel economy of our 2016 Toyota Prius. That's not necessarily due to laziness (although I'm not ruling it out). As James mentioned in the Prius's last update, it takes a while for this thing to need fuel. Our data set just isn't growing that fast.

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2016 Toyota Prius: First Fuel Economy Update

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on June 6, 2016

2016 Toyota Prius

Good thing: our long-term 2016 Toyota Prius goes a long time between fill ups. Bad thing: It therefore takes a long time to accumulate enough fill ups to report on its fuel economy.

Nevertheless, after two months and more than 2,000 miles, we can report that our long-term Prius is returning 48.6 mpg. That contrasts to its EPA-combined figure of 52 mpg, but we've also seen fill-ups good for 54.3 mpg and 52 mpg without any special effort on our part.

More time, more miles and more fill-ups are still needed to provide a better picture of just how efficient the new Prius can be.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Introduction

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

2016 Toyota Prius

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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