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2016 Toyota Prius Overview (See Available Styles)

New/Notable:
  • Redesigned for 2016
  • New exterior styling with standard LED headlights
  • Up to 58 mpg in the city on Eco versions
The world’s most famous hybrid went back to the drawing board for the new model year and the Toyota Prius returns for 2016 with a significant redesign that changes things up inside, outside and really on every side – even underneath.

Let’s start with dimensions – the new car is an inch wider and 2.4 inches longer, which increases passenger volume and lengthens the backseat making it even more comfortable. But that’s not what you’ll notice first. It’s the Mirai inspired styling that adds optional vertical LED fog lights and a sharper nose. Out back, the Prius keeps up the concept car look with wild, L-shaped taillights and a split rear window treatment. If you slide underneath the Prius, there are panels which keep the hybrid even more aerodynamic and don’t let air get trapped up under the car which creates drag.

Similar to the previous generation of the Prius, this one keeps a different trim level structure than the rest of the lineup. The Prius is offered in six trim levels, designated numerically: Two, Two Eco, Three, Three Touring, Four, and Four Touring. The Eco specific trim is new for 2016 and it boosts the Prius’ sky high fuel economy ratings even higher.

Under the hood, the Prius still uses a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gas engine which combines with an electric motor to drive the car. Horsepower is down this year, 121 vs. last year’s 134 but Toyota says that’s a result of changed testing procedures; in practice, they’ve retuned the powertrain to offer quick acceleration from 0-30 mph and lightened up engine/battery components to make the car more responsive. Suspension updates improve the driving experience as well; it won’t be a sports car, but it will be more passable than the numbness baked into previous generations.

Fuel economy figures are the more important measure for the Prius than its power numbers and those have improved as well. Most versions return 54/50 mpg city/highway, but the Two Eco uses a few clever tricks to beat those numbers and it gets an estimated 58/53 mpg.

Standard interior features include Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, rearview camera, push button start, a backup camera, and automatic climate control. Toyota’s Safety Sense system is optional; it adds several driver aids include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and forward collision warning with automatic braking.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 54 - 58 MPG
  • Highway: 50 - 53 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: *****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:
4.7/5
Value:
4.8/5
Exterior:
4.6/5
Interior:
4.6/5
Comfort:
4.6/5
Performance:
4.7/5
Reliability:
4.8/5

33 of 35 (94%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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