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2016 Toyota Prius Long-Term Road Test

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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: 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

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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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