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2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for September 2018

by Caroline Pardilla, Senior Copy Editor

2016 Toyota Prius

Where Did We Drive It?
Even though our 2016 Toyota Prius has proven itself a dependable road-tripper, surprisingly it sat out Labor Day weekend and stuck around town throughout September. Editor Mark Takahashi signed it out for a weekend, however, appreciating it as a green alternative to his gas-guzzling and pollution-prone vintage Thunderbird. His experience was only dampened by the Prius' overcautious tendencies and persistent "blind spot monitor system malfunction" notification.

No, we haven't tended to that issue yet, but our fleet manager Mike Schmidt is on the case, trying to get in touch with our body shop. Hopefully we'll have an update and fix by next month.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for June 2018

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy

2016 Toyota Prius

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

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: Update for February 2018

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

2016 Toyota Prius

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 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

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 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 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: Front Traffic Sensors

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on June 23, 2016

2016 Toyota Prius

Front parking sensors are a nice feature to have — when you're parking. When you're creeping along in bumper-to-bumper traffic? Not so much.

I've driven a whole lot of cars with front parking sensors, and not once have I triggered them while sitting in traffic. Maybe there's just something about our 2016 Toyota Prius that emboldens me to get really close to the car ahead, but whatever the case, I got multiple such warnings yesterday on the slow commute home.

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2016 Toyota Prius: No Longer Needs a Pass

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on April 13, 2016

2016 Toyota Prius

With both the 2016 Chevy Volt and 2016 Toyota Prius in our long-term fleet, it should be a revealing year for the two hybrids. Sure the Volt is a plug-in and changes how we compare efficiency, but the more telling observations will come from the usual areas: ride quality, cabin comfort, utility.

I wasn't expecting much from my first time behind the new Prius's wheel. Of course it's a redesign, but Toyota's a conservative company and the Prius is a bread-and-butter car. How far would they take it?

Far enough and then some, actually.

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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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