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2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for August

by Caroline Pardilla, Senior Copy Editor

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Where Did We Drive It?
You know that friend you have who, although not exactly the life of the party, is someone you can count on to help when you need it? That's our long-term 2016 Toyota Prius. It's not our first pick for weekend shenanigans, but some of our editors prefer it simply to get from point A to point B because, you know, Prius equals fewer fuel stops. In August, our thrifty little hatchback stuck around town, serving as a dependable ride and a handy, fuel-efficient mover.

For the most part, the two staffers who drove the Toyota this month had plenty of compliments and only a couple of minor issues.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for April and May 2018

by Cameron Rogers, Staff Writer

2016 Toyota Prius

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: Update for February 2018

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

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Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2016 Toyota Prius continued its usual commuting duties, with a road trip to Oceanside, California, mixed in for good measure. We've reached the end of our yearlong test and, not surprisingly, the Prius reached this milestone with no mechanical difficulties and an average fuel economy of almost 50 mpg. Impressive.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for January 2018

by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2016 Toyota Prius

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 October 2017

by Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor

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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 August 2017

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy

2016 Toyota Prius

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 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 April 2017

by Caroline Pardilla, Copy Editor

2016 Toyota Prius

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 February 2017

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

2016 Toyota Prius

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: 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: Hard-to-Modulate Brakes

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on September 12, 2016

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I drove our long-term 2016 Toyota Prius for the last six days, and I wasn't able to come to a smooth stop more than four or five times. Whether I was exiting the freeway, moving between lights or puttering around in parking lots, I just couldn't master the art of stopping gracefully.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Better Road-Trip Car Than Ever

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on June 29, 2016

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I'm not going to sit here and tell you that the 2016 Toyota Prius is night-and-day better on a road trip than its predecessors. To be honest, I've had an appreciation for this car since the second-generation model (the first hatchback) came out a decade ago. The Prius catches a lot of flack from the cognoscenti, but I've always seen it as a roomy, practical hatchback that rides softly and oh yeah, gets 50 mpg. Those are great road-trip credentials, and you don't have to buy the new fourth-generation car to enjoy them.

Having said that, there's no doubt that the latest Prius is more stable at highway speeds than earlier models. It's got more gravitas, you might say, even though it actually lost a few pounds in the redesign.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Surprisingly Lively in any Mode

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on June 27, 2016

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This is what the instrument panel of our 2016 Toyota Prius looks like when you select "Power mode." Inspiring, right? There's a mode-selector button down by the shifter that cycles through Eco, Normal and Power, with the implication that you get more performance with each press ("enhanced accelerator response," says the manual on page 321).

The seat of my pants cannot confirm that. I tried all of the modes back-to-back, and yeah, maybe the throttle in Eco feels less energetic. But maybe I just thought so because I saw the "Eco mode" graphic on the dash. All I can say for certain is that there's not a dramatic difference from mode to mode.

Here's my point, though: no matter which mode you're in, the new Prius actually feels lively when you're zipping around town. And in Prius Land, that counts as real and surprising progress.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Performance Tested

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

2016 Toyota Prius

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: Performance Rating

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on May 5, 2016

 2016 Toyota Prius

The 2016 Toyota Prius is quite obviously not the sort of car that is purchased for its performance. Far from it. Yet, the new Prius is nevertheless a far better car to drive than its lamentable predecessors. Read more below to see how we rated its performance.

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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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