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Starting at
$24,200
EPA - est City/Hwy
54/50
Engine
1.8L inline4
Seats
5
Power
121 hp




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2016 Toyota Prius Overview

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Fully redesigned, the 2016 Toyota Prius gets a whopping 56 mpg combined in the new Eco trim, and 52 mpg combined in standard form. Beyond the incredible fuel economy, the 2016 Prius receives powertrain refinements and a new double-wishbone rear suspension, yielding welcome improvements in noise suppression and ride sophistication.

The fully redesigned 2016 Toyota Prius further cements the model's reputation as the most fuel-efficient hybrid car you can buy. But the company that dominates the hybrid sales market is not coasting on its success. Toyota turned its attention to refining the rest of the car, with impressive results. At the same time, Toyota produced a radically different exterior design that many of us find challenging to like, though whether Prius fans will love it or hate it remains to be seen. The redesigned 2016 Prius has styling unlike anything else, unless you count the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai, which seems to have been the inspiration. The essential appeal of the Prius, of course, lies in its fuel economy, and for 2016 the numbers are indeed impressive, with an EPA combined rating of 52 mpg for the standard car. But there is one hybrid that can beat it, and that machine is the new Prius Eco, a fuel-economy-oriented variant (as if the Prius needed one) that is rated at a whopping 56 mpg combined. As an added bonus, the gas engine is now noticeably quieter when it comes to life, and it sounds less strained during hard acceleration. But there's plenty more to recommend the new Prius than just the powertrain. The previous Prius' odd upright driving position is no more, replaced by a lower, more natural orientation that makes the car feel less like a science experiment. There's more front leg- and headroom, too, although a couple inches of rear legroom have been lost. The payoff is found in the cargo bay, which grows by 14 percent. Hybrid credentials aside, the Prius has long been a smart pick due to its hatchback practicality, and for 2016 it's even more practical than before. As for the car's underlying architecture, a lower and wider stance combines with the new double-wishbone rear suspension to improve the car's ride and handling. Bumps are now more readily absorbed, and the steering's added heft is reassuring. This new Prius is still not speedy or all that exciting to drive, but there are far fewer failings to overlook. It's a pleasant car to drive in its own right. With these refinements, the Prius also has fewer peers than ever before. Honda has shelved its slow-selling Insight, and no other automaker is attempting a Prius rival. At this point it's a matter of size, mpg, configuration and, yes, styling. Is the 2016 Prius hatchback big enough, or do you want the extra passenger space of a midsize sedan that has a trunk? If so, the 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid or the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid might be worth a look. If a plug-in hybrid is more to your liking, the redesigned Chevrolet Volt is pretty impressive. But for a regular hybrid, we highly recommend the 2016 Toyota Prius.

Look no further than the 2016 Toyota Prius if fuel economy is what you're after. But you'll also enjoy more sophisticated ride and handling qualities and a quieter powertrain. Going green with a Prius has never been better.

For 2016 the Toyota Prius has been fully redesigned.



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2016 Toyota Prius Reviews From Owners (50 Reviews)

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By Evan

on Oct/10/16 04:58 PM (UTC)

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Ugly car runs well

The interior of this car is great, the dashboard has improved. The exterior rear light are ugly. The entire exterior rear end is ugly. The sea-glass green looks like a giant insect from the back.

By Troy Zabransky

on Oct/07/16 08:05 AM (UTC)

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2nd Prius-we love this one even more

Great car with many new features and improvements over our previous 2010.

By Subodh Sunil Patel

on Oct/05/16 08:31 AM (UTC)

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By Upset

on Oct/03/16 06:24 AM (UTC)

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No spare tire what were you guys thinking

2016 NO SPARE TIRE - we liked our 2007 so we traded up to a 2016 without looking in the trunk - ridicules toyota - YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF LET ME SEE ONE OF YOUR EXECUTIVES WAIT 2-3+ HOURS ON THE ROADSIDE WAITING FOR ROADSIDE SERVICE !!!! or better let me see you leave your wife and children stranded in a bad district for 2-3 hours But of course we live in a perfect world and somebody would be there in minutes right! My wife got a flat because of construction 3 times good thing we had a spare!!!!!

By Linda Saffer

on Sep/27/16 06:11 PM (UTC)

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Love my New Prius

It gets great mileage but with a comfortable ride.

By Mwoodpark

on Sep/27/16 11:29 AM (UTC)

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By Walter Velicaria

on Aug/02/16 08:37 AM (UTC)

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Great price in using Edmunds.com.

Check Edmunds.com first, then compare.

By Maury Lyon

on Jul/22/16 04:54 PM (UTC)

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Had to replace 2013 Prius

Better than the last one

By Erica Lee

on Jul/21/16 01:52 PM (UTC)

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Pretty decent ride so far!

We got ours at Longo Toyota in Los Angeles. The negotiation process was done through email, so no harassing phone calls from sale reps. With the July 4th rebate, I was able to get the best deal and the color of the car that I wanted. I believe July4th is the best time to get a car because the selection is larger. It has been the 3rd week I have driven the car, so far it is very smooth. I drove 400+ with 1/4 of gas left. I plan on letting it drive for an other week.

By John Mokricky

on Jul/04/16 05:08 PM (UTC)

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Great new Prius

No comment

By Robert Kagan

on May/15/16 09:29 AM (UTC)

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2016 Toyota Prius


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Prius Maximus

Terrific car. Rides great. Very comfortable. 60 mpg!

By Jennifer Latin

on May/06/16 11:39 AM (UTC)

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By Henry Chin

on Apr/07/16 09:27 AM (UTC)

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2016 Toyota Prius


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Conmuter car

Super mph

By Carlos Ortega

on Mar/14/16 08:13 AM (UTC)

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2016 Toyota Prius


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By Jen S

on Feb/27/17 10:06 AM (UTC)

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2016 Prius Four

Love this car! The moonstone interior is stunning, and it is fun to drive. Loving the gas mileage! My only complaint is that the headlights are too bright, and people flash their brights at me constantly. They are fantastic to drive with because they are so bright, but I am going blind with people flashing their brights at me.

By Jon Wilcox

on Feb/16/17 01:07 PM (UTC)

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My new Prius.

I just bought a 2016 Prius, the new style body, and improved electronics. This was to replace my 2005 Prius, which I loved, but, unfortunately, crashed. I would have liked to purchase the 2017 Prius, which has superior safety features, but I could not justify the added cost. I recently made a trip from my son's town, New Lenox, Illinois to my home in Downers Grove. The car was already warmed up with a 1-mile trip. It was about 40 degrees outside. The trip was 26.3 miles, no expressway, and the computer indicated 68.3 MPG! I was very pleased. This Prius can teach you to hyper mile. The headlights on the Prius are fantastic. All are LED and very precise. The first setting is a daytime running light setting (DLR) which turns on the reduced but still bright Low beams, but no tail lights. DLRs are always required to be on in Canada. The DLRs are bright enough to fool you into thinking the headlights and tail/running lights are on, but you will have no taillights. I did that last night. If your trip will end in the twilight or dark, make sure to use the second or third positions, which add the tail and parking lights. Both DLR and second position automatically turn off when you turn off the car. The third position is very bright low beams, If I am cresting a hill, with oncoming traffic with bright low beams, I reduce temporarily to the DLR low beam (second setting), until I pass that car, so as not to blind them. Then there is blinding bright on high beams. You can program the headlights on the third setting to have the car can turn them off a while after exiting the car. The only thing I do not like is the reduced storage area, as compared to the 2005 Prius. My 2005 had a large storage box below the rear hatch carpet, a hidden drawer under the console box and dual glove compartments.

By Michael Boldosser

on Feb/13/17 07:56 AM (UTC)

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New ride for a new job

Just about the time I was to start a new job with a 95 mile commute, a collision with a deer totaled my wife's car. Her long time dream car was a Prius. The timing of that collision with the start of the new job meant that our first Prius would be mine. The 60 mpg is nearly 3 times that of my old car and that really helps cut down the commute costs. It's a comfortable ride and peppy enough to hang with the other road warriors.

By Gloria

on Feb/03/17 07:16 AM (UTC)

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2016 Prius interior

We presently own our 4th new Prius (2014) and were going to buy 2017 this summer (2017) , but do not like the "shiny" black info center, cup holder console, new location of the shift lever, lack of upper glove box, and 3" less from the rear seat to the rear hatch which was noticed instantly. The car is also lower and harder to enter and exit. Would liked to have the increased mpg. Thus, we bought a low miles 2015 and will not be buying a 2017; very sorry to say!. We have loved all of the older models we have owned. We hope this review gets to Toyota.........

By David Mathia

on Jan/31/17 09:04 AM (UTC)

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Phenomenal MPG

Purchased used. $20K out the door. 10K miles. Mixed use, hwy and city, 63 MPG measured on 1800 miles used so far! Very quiet, stable, drives great.

By Casp3pos

on Jan/26/17 07:19 AM (UTC)

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Exceeding Expectations

I was avoiding the Prius. I rented one in 2008 and hated it. I test drove it because I felt I must. I was glad I did. It was much quieter than the 08. The accelleration and handling were much better as well. I've had the car for a week now, and I haven't gotten less than 60mpg on my daily commute to work of 20miles with a roughly 50-50 split highway-city. Amazing. Of course, I'm driving for mileage, and Chicago is pretty flat. I could care less about all the bells and whistles. I'm old enough to have most of my music collection on cassette. I'll read through the manual and check out a few websites, but I don't need navigation, parking assist, satilte radio, seat warmers, blah blah blah. Heck, I almost cancelled my purchase when I saw they had a well-maintained 1990 Toyota Corolla in their used car lot... Anyway, if you're looking for a car that barely needs gas, but you don't want to plug in your car, get a Prius.

By Mike Alto

on Jan/21/17 09:09 AM (UTC)

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No Sale

Could not get a good trade in and price on the16 Prius. No advantage over my 14 Prius.

By Rich Saylor

on Jan/04/17 04:30 PM (UTC)

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Our makes-sense car: the 2010 Prius

Currently gas prices are being held down, but they're bound to rise. Mileage in any Prius is great, but it has other pluses as well. The later models with a back-up camera are probably a better bet, all else being equal, as rear visibility in reverse isn't the best without such a camera & display. Dealer support is excellent.

By A Landholm

on Dec/31/16 11:43 AM (UTC)

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Suprising

Interior room is much better than anticipated. Ride is better than expected also. Highly recommend a power drivers seat - without it manually adjusting the seat height is cumbersome at best.

By L. Y. Mattei

on Dec/21/16 08:59 AM (UTC)

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Comfy & Economical

I have always driven a hatchback because I prefer the cargo functionality. The Cargo space in the 2016 Prius is adequate but not larger than my old Honda Fit (and obviously does not have the "magic seats" of the Fit). However it works. What I am most impressed by is the smooth and relatively quiet ride of the Prius. I almost feel like I am in a luxury car. I find the performance and handling to be quite good. Obviously, it does not have the same pick-up power, but they provide a button to give you extra power. Problem with that is that it need to be more easily accessible - like on the steering wheel. Who is going to remember where the powerboost button is in the moment of need?! I just bought this car a couple of weeks ago. I am still getting used to the controls and technology - it is a bit confusing because there is so much going on. But the basic instrumentation - the important stuff like lights, brakes and defrost - are very user friendly. What I wish was different: As with virtually all cars - the the headrest that pushes your head forward and the bucket seats are AWFUL for your posture and comfort. I will be purchasing nice quality seat cushions to ameliorate this problem. Overall, I am very happy with my purchase and glad to be doing my part to reduce fossil fuel consumption.

By Suz

on Oct/01/16 08:27 AM (UTC)

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Even happier with our second Prius!

We found the restyled Prius to be quite comfortable and are delighted that the gas mileage is even better than what we got with our 2010. We opted for the advanced technology package in order to add the safety features-lane departure alert, adaptive cruise control, etc.-and we are happy to have done so. (Our insurance rates are actually lower than what they are for the earlier Prius based on those safety features.) The car rides smoothly and easily and is a pleasure to drive. Neither of us was crazy about the white plastic console which looks cheap. Note too that the wireless car charging port won't work with an iphone 6 plus. Finally, we purchased the Level 3 trim because that is the highest level that is available with a spare tire. I, personally, would not buy a car that offered only a repair kit that might or might not be sufficient in an emergency.

By Shay

on Sep/25/16 12:27 PM (UTC)

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Unexpected Great Buy

This car is fun to drive. There is a visibility issue. It a very smooth ride and handles well. This isn't a sports car so the acceleration isn't there but it has a power mode. Also, there no privacy in the trunk. You can see the entire trunk from the outside. I bought a large bin for this. Otherwise, the more I drive it, the more in love I am. I keep discovering cool techie things. Plus it's a cool looking car. Love the lights. I didn't buy it because it was a hybrid. I bought it because it was cool. The hybrid was just extra.

By James Eng

on Sep/25/16 08:07 AM (UTC)

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Difficult to buy gas cars in the future without co

Drives like a normal car

By Sue Harris

on Aug/20/16 03:25 PM (UTC)

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Love my new Prius 3

I am averaging almost 60 mpg!! Love the information available at your fingertips. Comfortable and more sporty than my previous Prius.
Winter average in colder temperatures with snow tires is about 45 mpg.

By Noland Harmon

on Aug/03/16 10:22 AM (UTC)

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Prius Preview

My biggest concern are the dealerships.They are still using the same old tactics of trying to get you to "dicker" with them. I'm so sick of it. I wish Toyota could just offer their best deal and not have to go through these rip-off artists. Otherwise, the car is wonderful! I now have two Prius(es)? I love my 2012 Prius but I love my 2016 Prius even more! The acceleration, handling and comfort is improved. I ordered leather seats but they have not come in yet.

By Cecilia Urrutia

on Aug/03/16 07:24 AM (UTC)

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Good car

Its really a very well designed Beautiful car, its hard to See thought the rear mirror sometimes because of the hatchback but can adjust. The technology is amazing and easy to use

By Noel Marcovecchio

on Apr/17/16 08:58 AM (UTC)

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Third Prius

This is my third Prius since 2002. They keep getting better.

By Joe Cortopassi

on Apr/04/16 11:03 AM (UTC)

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2016 Prius Three

The interior design is a bit wild with highly contrasting black and white surfaces (we have the Moonstone fabric). The detail around the display screen that extends to the glove box is a definite dust catcher. Having said that, we had a 2007 Prius and the 2016 is much more comfortable for me.

I haven't had it long enough to know what the mileage will really be.

By Jo

on Mar/13/16 05:06 PM (UTC)

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No review

Too early in the process.

By Ronay Leblanc

on Dec/14/16 08:37 AM (UTC)

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Pearl is a beauty of a Prius

We have only had this car for about a month but we already love "Pearl", our blizzard pearl Prius 4! The exterior is super sharp looking and the interior reminds me of the Star Wars Stormtrooper outfit. Mileage is incredible without even trying, getting about 51 mph in and around town. The dashboard is awesome with all the information displayed in an easy to understand manner. Also the HUD (heads up display) is cool. It displays your current speed as well as turn information when using navigation, and speed limit information whenever there is a change in speed limit. Seating is comfortable. All in all, we love the car for what it is, a high mileage, sharp looking, fun to drive car!

By Burt Bittner

on Nov/10/16 08:31 PM (UTC)

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Prius Praise

It's easy to drive, comfortable, and fairly sporty! We've been getting about 59 miles to the gallon without even trying. It has PLENTY of power, even going up steep mountain roads. The dashboard and connectivity technology is outdated and is too cartoonish. Luv it tho!

By Timothy Piper

on Oct/31/16 02:29 AM (UTC)

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Tim's 2016 Prius Touring Review

Some people I've met don't like the look of the new exterior design, the look of the wing tip rear lights in particular. I don't mind the looks but it takes some getting used to at first. It grows on you and I remind myself it's not the main reason I bought this car. At least now it has its own identity from the millions of older Prius's out there. The white console and steering wheel appliques have way too much contrast against a black or grey interior. I insisted the dealer include the Black console applique and black interior. The moonscape interior is just too much for me. Besides from some little gripes on appearance, everything else is amazing. I traded in a loaded 2013 Prius and this car is so much nicer. The doors are solid and don't sound like tin cans, the engine electronics give you a noticeable gas mileage improvement. The Bose sound system is much better than the Bose system I had in my old car. The safety technology is very cool, the dynamic speed control is much smoother than my old car. The 2016 Prius looks different but it performs fantastic.

By Kevin

on Sep/23/16 08:48 AM (UTC)

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Three for Three

This is our 3rd new Prius. First was bought in 2005 and major concern was would it start sitting outside in cold weather. Would the battery work and last? Local dealers hadn't seen a hybrid car when we had the oil changed locally. Bought a 2010 Prius II. 110,000 miles later all we change are tires and oil. With every generation they have gotten better. We finally stepped up to the 2016 Prius IV because we wanted the blind spot indicator. The cabin and ride are all improved. The headlights are better than the 2010 which were better than the 2005. There are many great cars available today, but the cost per mile to purchase and drive keeps bringing us back to the Prius.

By Midwest Guy

on Sep/02/16 10:21 PM (UTC)

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Prius Has Pluses and Minuses

Look no further if you want a car with excellent gas mileage and reliability. Average 55mpg on the highway! Toyota has done a great job on the seamless transition between the gasoline engine and battery power. Assembly quality is very good. Now for the not so good. The windshield on this car is a rock magnet. Have had more windshield rock strikes in 3 months than in years with other cars. Plan on replacing the windshield, if you drive a fair amount on the highway. Dealer was unable to fix a recurring clunk in the trunk experienced when driving over uneven pavement separations on the highway. This is not typical for a Toyota. The 2016 Prius sits lower than the previous generation. You will tire of climbing out of the car after awhile. Navigation system is not easily accessible and quite frankly mediocre. The small sun visors are totally useless when pivoted to the side window in an attempt to block the sun. No spare tire. Lastly, the resale value is poor. The money saved on gas will be lost and then some, unless you keep the car for 10 years.

Update on 3/8/17 - traded the Prius on a Subaru. Not good value for the money paid. Couldn't take the unresolved clunk in the trunk any longer. Way too small sun visors are a big problem when commuting at sunrise and sunset.

By Barbara Martin

on Aug/30/16 12:10 PM (UTC)

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2016 Toyota Prius


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Red hot 2016 Prius

We traded in our 2008 Prius, it had all bells and whistles, low miles. Nothing wrong. Reason we traded was because of the safety features. We are very pleased with those features. Our old vehicle had more up front storage, but, not as much fun to drive. This is a great little car, that gets great gas mileage to boot!

By N N Beckett

on Aug/06/16 10:54 AM (UTC)

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2016 Toyota Prius


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GREAT!!!!!!

the car is not really suitable for the shak oneal size, better for us smaller folks! It is great to drive, has made us more energy conscious! better mileage than what has been published....huge learning curve for the electronics, maybe we'll know most by the time the car has logged 50,000 miles. husband has an antique muscle car, threatens to record the engine noise on a disc, play it in the prius at a stop light (with the windows rolled down), but he loves the prius!

By Norman Wagner

on Aug/05/16 07:00 PM (UTC)

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2016 Toyota Prius


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The future's technology here today

For a small car,the new Prius is head and shoulders above its competitors in performanceand features it offers,but at a price. Compared to the Hyundai Sonata Limited I'm currently driving,it provides much better mileage with its 1.8 engine,which while quite adequate, lacks the snappier performance of the Sonata's 2.4 engine. Surprisingly,the ride is actually more comfortable than the larger, roomier Sonata. Both handle well. The interior trim does leaves something to be desired,while the expensive add-ons are a negative,however.Still, my research indicates it to be one of the safest, most economical autos to own for the long haul and has superior resale value.

By Georgia Williamson

on Jul/21/16 04:31 PM (UTC)

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2016 Toyota Prius


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Best Car I Have Ever Owned

I took one test drive and knew this was the car for me. Several years ago we drove a Prius hybrid rental and liked it, but it wasn't anything special. As soon as I started driving the 2016 Prius I was enjoying the ride, even in rush hour traffic. It handled easily, provided a smooth ride, easily kept pace with traffic, both slow and fast and was quiet. I bought it that night. The gas mileage is exceeding what I was expecting for combined street and highway driving. Even my husband can drive it. He is 6' 5" and the joke has always been we had to try on cars rather than picking the one we wanted, we had to take the one that he could get into whether it was comfortable or not. Even with the moon roof, his head does not bump the top of the car. I can get 3 dog kennels in the back and still have room for luggage. AND it also fits into our garage even with the full size van, freezer and storage in the front part of the garage.

By Jen

on Jul/08/16 03:51 AM (UTC)

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2016 Toyota Prius


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Perfect sporty hybrid/poor music quality

I love this vehicle,even from coming from a new explorer previously. Gas usage and fill up cost is amazing. I average 54.4mpg with lots of driving. I love the interior two toned leather seats. The touchscreen is easy to figure out. My kids have plenty of leg room. The engine is very quiet. The ride is very smooth. Trunk space is great. My only negative is that this vehicle comes across as a sporty hybrid but the sound system is very poor quality for it.

By Paul Harding

on Jun/11/16 09:06 AM (UTC)

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2016 Toyota Prius


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Super Prius

It's all about MPG and comfort. Both interior and exterior redesign exceed expectations. MPG is well above the posted ones.

By Stephen Vear

on Jun/08/16 11:56 AM (UTC)

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2016 Toyota Prius


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Greatly improved mileage over 2014 Prius 2

New design greatly improves Fuel mpg, averaged 48 on 2014 Prius 2, have gotten almost 70 mpg non highway, frequently over 60mpg driving 100 miles to work, combo rural and interstate, current average is 58.6 for all miles driven a 20% improvement over the 2014 Prius 2 I owned.
Advanced Technology package well worth it, Active cruise control, collision avoidance, lane departure correction. AND the only way to get a moon-roof which I hope will improve resell value as it is only offered on model 3 and 4 !

By Rita

on Jun/01/16 09:10 AM (UTC)

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2016 Toyota Prius


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Gas saver, so quiet

It makes me love driving even with the heavy traffic. It is so smooth and quiet. I only do not like the white cup holders and the sun visor is too short that does not cover the side at all.

By Robert Kagan

on May/15/16 09:29 AM (UTC)

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2016 Toyota Prius


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Prius Maximus

Terrific car. Rides great. Very comfortable. 60 mpg!

By ROE ODONNELL

on Apr/17/16 09:54 AM (UTC)

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2016 Toyota Prius


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Best Car I've ever owned

This is my second Prius. The first one was a 2006 model 2. It was a great car and I sold it with 137,000 miles.

The 2016 model is so much better in every way: handling, technology, 20% better fuel economy, comfort. I especially like the self parking, the intelligent cruise control, and the lane warning system.

I recommend this vehicle highly.

By Javier Jimenez

on Nov/05/16 09:23 PM (UTC)

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2016 Toyota Prius


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Love the 2016 Prius Two Eco

After 2800 miles the car is averaging 70 miles a gallon. Thete is a power mode button where you can go to full power (121 HP 4 cylinder 1.8 liter) if needed. The car rides great, it is comfortable, roomy, hatchback with plenty of cargo space, double wishbone suspension and amazing MPG with the new rechargeable lithium ion battery.

By Greg F Harris

on Nov/01/16 10:00 PM (UTC)

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2016 Toyota Prius


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Practical sedan that's great on the highway

People know the 4th generation Prius is the most fuel efficient car ever. It is also a great highway car. It's quiet, feels tight and cushions bumps. It cruises effortlessly at 75 mph and still gets 50 mpg. If you go the speed limit you will always get 55-60 mpg. If you want a trouble-free car that is likely to go 200,000 miles and cost little to operate, buy a Prius.


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2016 Toyota Prius Problems Report:


  • 2016 Toyota Prius Top 10 Complaints
  • 2016 Toyota Prius Top 10 Issues
  • 2016 Toyota Prius Top 10 Problems
  • 2016 Toyota Prius Reviews
  • 2016 Toyota Prius Defects

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Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

  • WHEELBASE
    106.3 Inches
  • OVERALL LENGTH
    178.7 Inches
  • OVERALL HEIGHT
    58.1 Inches
  • MIN GROUND CLEARANCE
    5.1 Inches
  • BASE CURB WEIGHT
    3075 pounds


Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger Capacity
    5
  • Front Leg Room
    43.2 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room
    55.0 Inches
  • Second Leg Room
    33.4 Inches
  • Second Shoulder Room
    53.0 Inches
  • Cargo Volume
    24.6 cubic feet


Transmission

Transmission

  • Transmission Type
    AUTOMATIC
  • Driven Wheels
    front wheel drive


Suspension

Suspension

  • Front Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Rear Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Independent Suspension
    Four-wheel
  • Rear Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
    Yes
  • Front Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
    Yes


Wheels

Wheels

  • Tire Type
    All Season
  • Rear Tire Width
    195
  • Rear Tire Profile
    65



Safety

Safety

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System:
    Yes
  • Head Airbags
    Front And Rear
  • Passenger Airbag Deactivation
    Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Side Airbags
    Dual Front
  • Knee Airbags
    Driver Only


Entertainment

Entertainment

  • Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
    Yes
  • Total Number Of Speakers
    6
  • Cd Player
    Single CD Player
  • Digital Audio Input
    Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
  • Cd Mp3 Playback
    Yes
  • Radio
    AM/FM


Exterior

Exterior Features

  • Exterior Mirror Adjustment
    Power
  • Heated Exterior Mirrors
    Yes


Interior

Interior Features

  • Air Filtration
    Interior Air Filtration
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones
    Single
  • Front Air Conditioning
    Automatic Climate Control
  • Air Filtration
    Interior Air Filtration


Mechanical

Mechanical

  • Engine
    Hybrid Nickel-Metal Hydride
  • Front Suspension
    independent
  • Rear Suspension
    independent
  • Fuel Capacity
    11.3 galons
  • Rear Brake Type
    Disc
  • Front Brake Type
    Ventilated Disc

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Vehicle Performance

Four Hatchback / FWD / CVT

  • 0-60 Mph
    9.7 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    17.4 sec @ 77.6 mph
  • Source
    Motor Trend

True Market Value

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edmunds The TMV® shows how much a car could be traded in for at the dealership. The TMV® price shown is always based on the style of the vehicle selected. Options and color adjustments are not taken into consideration. *

  • Trade In Price
    $16,671
  • Private Seller Price
    $18,501
  • Dealer Price
    $19,881
  • Original MSRP
    $24,200


2016 Toyota Prius Problems Report:


  • 2016 Toyota Prius Top 10 Complaints
  • 2016 Toyota Prius Top 10 Issues
  • 2016 Toyota Prius Top 10 Problems
  • 2016 Toyota Prius Reviews
  • 2016 Toyota Prius Defects

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2016 Toyota Prius JD Power

  • Among the best

  • Better than most

  • About average

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INITIAL QUALITY STUDY

The Initial Quality Study (IQS) examines issues experienced within the first 90 days of new-vehicle ownership. This study measures car quality by analyzing problems reported in the mechanical quality and design of areas such as powertrain, body and interior, and features and accessories.


  • OVERALL QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • OVERALL QUALITY - DESIGN
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - DESIGN
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - DESIGN
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - DESIGN

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2016 Toyota Prius Features


Fuel Efficiency

  • CITY
    54 mpg
  • HIGHWAY
    50 mpg
  • EMISSIONS STANDARD
    Federal Tier 2 Bin 3
  • GREEN HOUSE GAS SCORE
    7
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2016 Toyota Prius Key Factors: Current Warranty

Warranty Terms Are Listed In Years/miles. Listed Details Represent Standard Offers. Programs May Vary By Model.


TYPE OF COVERAGE
REMAINING
  • BASIC
    3 years / 36,000 miles
    2 years
  • POWERTRAIN
    5 years / 60,000 miles
    4 years
  • CORROSION
    5 years / Unlimited miles
    4 years
  • ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
    2 years / 25,000 miles
    1 years

2016 Toyota Prius Key Factors

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Pros

  • Notably quieter and better-riding than past iterations
  • Outstanding fuel economy
  • Significantly improved driving position.
  • Generous cargo space

Cons

  • Less backseat legroom than before
  • Offset gauges out of driver's direct line of sight
  • Polarizing styling.


2016 Toyota Prius True Cost Of Ownership

Data provided by Edmunds

The TCO® is the total five-year costs of owing a vehicle. Seven cost categories make up the TCO® (depreciation, insurance, financing, taxes & fees, fuel, maintenance and repairs), also take into account any applicable federal tax credit.

ITEMS YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4 YEAR 5 5 YEAR TOTAL
Insurance$1,248$1,292 $1,337$1,384 $1,432$6,693
Maintenance$59$474 $433$984 $1,739$3,689
Repairs$0$0 $111$269 $393$773
Taxes & Fees$2,643$191 $173$157 $143$3,307
Financing$865$687 $500$309 $110$2,471
Depreciation$5,163$2,742 $2,412$2,138 $1,920$14,375
Fuel$867$893 $920$947 $976$4,603
True Cost To Own ®$10,845$6,279 $5,886$6,188 $6,713$35,911

*Warranty’s Cover 75% Of Anticipated Maintenance And Repairs.

**Prices provided by Edmunds True Cost to Own® (TCO®)



2016 Toyota Prius NHTSA Service Bulletins

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Date Complaint Filed: 10/19/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | ENGINE

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

The coating on the wiring system attracted rodents to my car, the rodents ate through the electrical and tried to nest in the engine bay. the results were massive systems malfunctions and the car wasn't safe to drive. i had to get it towed to toyota and they stated that this is a common problem. "they've seen alot of this recently"


Date Complaint Filed: 10/24/2016

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER | VISIBILITY/WIPER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

My windshield randomly cracked and looking on-line this seems to be a common occurrence on the prius 4th generation vehicles.


Date Complaint Filed: 02/07/2016

Component(s): SEATS

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2015 toyota prius. the contact stated that the driver's head rest positioning in the vehicle was too forward making it impossible to drive for long periods of time without severe discomfort. the vehicle was not taken to be diagnosed or repaired. the manufacturer was notified of the failure. the approximate failure mileage was 50. the vin was not available. updated 04/20/16*lj


Date Complaint Filed: 05/10/2016

Component(s): VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

The 2016 prius 4 doesn't come with the ability to change miles to kilometers unless you are aware that it is an option you have to buy which neither salesmen or toyota technical assistance is aware of. i have not been able to find anyone who can tell me whether this option can be added but so far it appears that it is.


Date Complaint Filed: 05/11/2016

Component(s): SEATS

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

There is an ongoing issue with the head rests on this vehicle. the default setting is much too far forward, causing a forward head and neck posture, resulting in headaches, neck pain, etc., and make it very uncomfortable to drive, and difficult to check blind spots. it also forces the driver's head very close the airbag, which is supposedly very dangerous. if you move the seat back, then you are too reclined to drive attentively. online searches and complaints to the dealer tell me i'm not the only one complaining about this, and it is supposedly the result of nhtsa regulations. this is terrible if true.


Date Complaint Filed: 05/21/2016

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

The center display has a mirror high gloss/glare finish. because of this mirror finish, when the sun is at an angle coming through either the side or back windows, the sun is reflected back into the driver's eyes. there should be a recall on the car to replace center display to prevent accidents.


Date Complaint Filed: 06/30/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

When gently applying brakes for a stop light, and the right wheel hits a 1 and 1/8 inch deep depression in the road, the brakes feel like they momentarily release. the depression is for a 9 inch diameter city water cover, and the overall diameter of the depression is 12 inches, and it is 1 and 1/8 inches deep. this can be replicated at this location and we have also noticed the same thing happening elsewhere in town.


Date Complaint Filed: 07/06/2016

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

The 2016 prius iv we just purchased 2 weeks ago comes with a white dash! the white dash creates a horrible glare when trying to look out either driver or passenger window! the only way to avoid glare is drive with windows down all of the time. visibility is greatly hampered by the white dash reflection off the windows! this is huge safety issue!


Date Complaint Filed: 07/21/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Rodent damaged wiring and casings by eating/damaging both at a cost so far of $2700. i have owned this vehicle for one month. i've been told the warranty does not include the damage. i asked about where the dealership stored the vehicle prior to its delivery to me. i wasn't satisfied with their explanation.


Date Complaint Filed: 08/20/2016

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

We had an unexplained blowout in a tire with less than 5000 miles on it on our prius iv 2016 purchased in may. we saw nothing in the roadway that would have caused this. the tire was ripped. there is a recall on this brand, bridgestone/firestone so was this tire at risk? the tire number is p195/65r89s. the warranty is worthless as they could claim road damage and we can't prove otherwise. but we saw nothing that we hit, and other cars passing us did not have blowouts. so did the tire fail? we think so. we were on an interstate highway when this happened. very scary and no spare tire, a separate complaint. we could have been killed by a passing truck while waiting for a tow truck for nearly 2 hours.


Date Complaint Filed: 08/18/2016

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

We had a tire blowout on an interstate highway and discovered there was no spare tire in our new car. the device to repair the tire didn't work as the tire was ripped. we had to wait 2 hours for a tow truck, with huge trucks passing us at 80 mph, very close. we were terrified. we still don't know what really happened as we didn't see anything that would have ripped the tire. the car is new, still under warranty. every car should have a spare tire for emergencies like this. we did not know it didn't have one.


Date Complaint Filed: 09/13/2016

Component(s): ENGINE

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

The car started to burn lot of oil. like 1 quart for every 1000 to 1200 miles. when i googled, i saw i was one in a million as already prius owners were shouting about this issue online. when i called and explained the problem to autonation dealer in tempe, he clearly understood this problem(because he faced the complaints) and he said it would cost 6000 bucks to fix. toyota is not ready to extend the warranty for this problem. but, the dealer is ready to buy this car for just 1000 bucks. my car's current value in kbb is 7800 bucks.


Date Complaint Filed: 10/02/2016

Component(s): AIR BAGS

Crash: YesFire: NoNumber of Injured: 2Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

We were traveling at approximately 70miles an hour on a divided highway. the cruise control was activated. my husband was driving, i was the passenger. we both were wearing our seat belts. my husband suffered some sort of medical incident causing him to lose control of the vehicle. we crossed through the median, became airborne, crossed two lanes of opposing traffic and headed up a steep incline. the car came to rest on a pile of debris and hung up on a wire fence. my husband suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage from striking something on the dash of the car. when the car stopped he was slumped over the wheel bleeding.. he also suffered a mild l4 compression fracture. at the time of the accident i had ligament damage in the chest area. as a result he was taken by ambulance to the regional hospital and then air-evacuated to las vegas. our side curtain airbags deployed but not the frontal bags. i called toyota and was told that the crash was not severe enough to cause them to nflate but my husband's injuries would tend not to support that. an engineer did remove the "black box" from the vehicle to test it. he promised he would get back to us with the results. when i did not hear from him i called and he told me that all results have been sent to toyota. he was reluctant to say more. i called toyota and was told that several people had looked at the case and that the results had been sent to legal, the attiitude of the people there has gone from helpful to abrupt. my husband is still under the care of a neurologist because of the injury and to determine what cased the incident. they have not been able to determine a cause for his blackout but we have been assured via ct scan that the bleeding has stopped into his brain. if he hit something in the car hard enough to cause this type of injury it seems to me that the airbag should have deployed. .


Date Complaint Filed: 10/12/2016

Component(s): AIR BAGS | SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: YesFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

As i took a highway exit, following behind other cars doing the same, my prius refused to brake efficiently when another car abruptly invaded our line. it felt as if the brakes made a slight release or couldn't reach a full stop. i had enough space to stop, and i pressed the brakes on time but there was almost no brake reaction and i crashed into the truck in front of me. i was probably going 20-30 mph, somewhere in the middle... so not even that fast. best part is that the airbags didn't inflate, even though the car was almost totaled. this feels explainable to me... i had it for only two months thus far. i do not recommend this car to others.


Date Complaint Filed: 12/13/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

I recently purchased my 3rd toyota in august (2016 prius). i upgraded my 2011 prius because i really needed built in navigation due the nature of my job and my commute. i am currently experiencing issues with the radio/navigation system, which is very frustrating because this is a "brand new" car. the navigation system and radio turn off and on continuously during the most dangerous and inconvenient times (i.e. when i am navigating though unfamiliar wooded areas in the dark when it's raining). this also causes one of my instrument panels to go blank. i have had to stop using the navigation system altogether at times, which again is the reason that i upgraded my car in the first place. this began happening intermittently in september, and the problem has gotten progressively worse over time. i took off of work to have the issue diagnosed and repaired by the dealership in november and to have the parking cable recall issue taken care of. i was informed by the dealer that they did not have the parts in to address the recall issue and the technician immediately noticed the issue with the radio/navigation system but was unable to correct the issue because the update that "might" fix it is not available yet. this is very dangerous and this issue needs to be addressed before someone gets hurt.


Date Complaint Filed: 12/14/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:BATTERY

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 toyota prius. while the vehicle was stationary, the battery became extremely hot. the vehicle was repaired by the contact. the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. the failure mileage was 20,000.


Date Complaint Filed: 11/28/2016

Component(s): VISIBILITY/WIPER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

While driving at night, rear view interior mirror does not dim as traffic approaches from rear. when taken to dealer, technician shined light from iphone onto mirror and it dimmed properly. however, under normal driving conditions it does not! on a recent 2 hour nighttime drive, as car lights approached from behind, i alternately turned the dimming feature on and then off and noticed absolutely no difference. i even tried it when stopped at red light with headlights from several cars behind me, with the same result. since there is no lever to use to dim the traffic as there might be with a non-electronic mirror, i was forced to lower the mirror to avoid being blinded by cars approaching from rear - an obvious safety situation. dealer says there's no problem but has not tried in real life driving.


Date Complaint Filed: 11/14/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

On friday, october 21, 2016 while driving over a pothole i pressed on the brake. the car slowed but all of a sudden the brake suddenly depressed even further down and the car jerked and seemed to stall before pushing forward. i had been pressing the brake as far down as it would go and it seemed as if there would be some kind of brake failure. on october 31, 2016 while driving over another pothole, i again stepped on the brake and suddenly the pedal again depressed further down and there was a creaking and squealing sound. then on november 4, 2016 while going over a pothole, there was a squealing and creaking sound but not a sudden additional depression of the brake pedal. all these incidents happened on salt lake blvd. or kamehameha highway and passes under the fixed guideway for hawaii's rail system. the road is extremely bumpy and full of potholes.


Date Complaint Filed: 11/19/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

16v741000 was not performed on the car even though it was purchased 11/17 , and the recall began 11/10. dealer lee's toyota located at 139-65 queens blvd, jamaica ny 11435






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2016 Toyota Prius Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

Thanks to a combination of lead-footed drivers and long highway miles, we have been averaging 48 mpg in our 2016 Toyota Prius test car.

2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for March 2017

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor

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.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Thanks to a combination of lead-footed drivers and long highway miles, we haven't been able to break out of this spell of averaging 48 mpg.

Average lifetime mpg: 48
EPA mpg rating: 52 combined (54 city/50 highway)
Best fill mpg: 57.2
Best range: 468.5 miles
Current odometer: 9,425 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
None.

Logbook Highlights

Performance
"I like how smooth and quiet the Prius' hybrid powertrain is at switching between gas and pure electric drive. If you're driving around town, doing your thing and have the stereo on, chances are you'll never notice all the wizardry happening underneath the hood." — Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

"While I wouldn't say I 'enjoy' driving our Toyota Prius around town, I'm nonetheless impressed with how efficiently and effectively it goes about getting the job done. Here's why: 1) It's easy to see out of through the windshield and front side windows; 2) It feels light and agile when zipping around turns or parking lots; 3) Getting in and out is easy, and the driver seat is comfortable; 4) On top of all this, it gets admirable 50-plus mpg as long as you're not driving it like it's a racecar." — Brent Romans

Comfort
"Why, oh why, are the visors not extendable? I drive north in the evening and south in the morning so the sun was toasting my left eyeball for a good two hours." — Will Kaufman, Associate Automotive Editor

2016 Toyota Prius

"I drove our long-term Prius about 250 miles on the highway today. It strikes me as an adequate long-distance companion. It's stable at high speed, and the ride quality is comfortable. For my four hours or so on the road, the driver seat was OK for comfort. But I'm not as fond of the Prius' elevated amount of wind noise. It's not a quiet cabin at 70-plus mph. Then again, the Prius isn't meant to be a marathon highway cruiser. Overall, I'm fine driving it for a few hours on the highway, but anything more would likely get tiresome." — Brent Romans

Technology-Audio
"Our Prius gives you a score for your climate-control choices, but it doesn't seem very smart. With the sun shining on my face and my jacket still on, I quickly warmed up even though it was 55 degrees outside. My response was to turn the A/C off, set the temperature to 'LO,' and turn up the fan to about half-power. In that configuration, the only thing drawing power should be the fan motor — no A/C compressor and no heater core. Yet I received the lowest possible score from the Prius. Changing the fan speed had no effect on my score. The score seems to be linked to your temperature choice instead of how much power you're actually drawing from the system ... so what's really the point?" — Will Kaufman

2016 Toyota Prius

"The Prius certainly gives you plenty of information to get your eco-geek on if you want to. You can bring up various readouts in both the central touchscreen and driver information displays. Some of it is just pure fuel economy information while other functions 'score' your driving to tell you how efficient you have been. My favorite is the daily mpg report. If you're commuting to the same location every day, you can use this feature to easily compare different routes or driving styles and how they influence the Prius' fuel efficiency." — Brent Romans

Cargo Space
"I like the ease of which I can load grocery bags into the cargo area of our long-term Toyota Prius. The hatchback opens wide, and the cargo area is big enough to hold perhaps seven or eight reusable bags. But I've also noticed that the hatchback isn't the easiest to close. With the hatchback fully open, its grab handle is positioned 2 to 5 inches higher in the air than those of many other hatchbacks or liftgates on crossover SUVs. The Prius' hatchback is kind of heavy to close, too. For somebody of shorter stature, this could be a frequent annoyance." — Brent Romans

2016 Toyota Prius

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2016 Toyota Prius Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

The Edmunds long-term 2016 Toyota Prius checks in with fuel economy updates and other tales from February 2017.

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.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
The Prius continued its miserly ways, notching 48.6 mpg for the month. This is just a shade above its current lifetime average, so it's nothing if not consistent. Our Prius continues to fall short of its EPA-rated fuel economy, which is almost certainly a product of the car being driven in a manner that is inconsistent with the way it is driven on the EPA cycle. Specifically, one often finds oneself dipping deep into the Prius' accelerator travel in order to summon meaningful thrust, and there's an attendant impact on fuel economy.

This is true for nearly every car, however, and because of the peculiar mathematical nature of mpg as a measuring stick, the Prius actually isn't so wildly off its ratings that we're alarmed.     

Average lifetime mpg: 48
EPA mpg rating: 52 combined (54 city/50 highway)
Best fill mpg: 57.2
Best range: 468.5 miles
Current odometer: 8,046 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
None.

Logbook Highlights

Performance
"The new Prius isn't objectively quick if you look at our track-test numbers, but it's much more responsive than its predecessors. There's less of a delay than there used to be when you mat the throttle, and there's enough juice to hit openings in rush-hour traffic with confidence. Acceleration has long been a weak spot for the Prius, but Toyota did enough this time around to make it feel respectable." — Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager, Content Strategy

2016 Toyota Prius

Comfort
"It's been a while since I drove our Prius, so I was a little surprised by how loud the gas engine is when it fires up. I always remembered it being fairly unobtrusive, but having driven so many other hybrids lately, the Prius seems a little less refined in this area." — Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor

Interior
"The interior design is funky but functional. I appreciated the easy-to-use and clean climate control interface. That touchscreen, though. There is no direct-to-nav button, so it's a series of taps to do anything related to navigation. Still, this Prius definitely drives better than those before it, and the seats are surprisingly comfortable." — Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor

"I continue to feel that the Prius is underappreciated as a practical everyday car. It's known for its extraordinary fuel economy, obviously, but it's also a pretty roomy hatchback with decent backseat space, and the asking price is downright reasonable by today's standards. I've been saying this for years and I'll say it again for the new-generation model: If you're looking for a versatile hatchback on a budget, give the Prius a chance. The mpg is far from the whole story here." — Josh Sadlier

2016 Toyota Prius

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2016 Toyota Prius Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

Check out what the Edmunds long-term 2016 Toyota Prius was up to in January 2017

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.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
The Prius saw a minor downtick from an overall 48.0 mpg to 47.9 mpg in January. We're still under the combined EPA rating, but as our own Dan Edmunds (aka "actualsize") noted in the comments section of this post, the 4-mpg deficit isn't that far off. The best fill and best range achievements have not moved since they were set in the middle of last year.

Average lifetime mpg: 47.9
EPA mpg rating: 52 combined (54 city/50 highway)
Best fill mpg: 57.2
Best range: 468.5 miles
Current odometer: 7,373 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
None.

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2016 Toyota Prius Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

We check in with the Edmunds long-term 2016 Toyota Prius and record its November activities.

2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for November 2016

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

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.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
The lifetime average for the Prius did increase slightly from 47.7 mpg, although the best fill and range remain unchallenged. We're still not meeting the EPA combined estimate, but we're inching closer.

Average lifetime mpg: 48.0 mpg
EPA mpg rating: 52 mpg combined (54 city/50 highway)
Best fill mpg: 57.2 mpg
Best range: 468.5 miles
Current odometer: 6,399 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
None.

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2016 Toyota Prius Long-Term Road Test

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Our latest update regarding Edmunds' long-term 2016 Toyota Prius. Learn more about how we're getting about 50 mpg without really trying.

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.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Not much has changed since our last fuel economy update. For the month, we averaged 50.8 mpg. The Prius' lifetime average is still below EPA combined mpg of 52, though.

Average lifetime mpg: 47.7 mpg
EPA mpg rating: 52 combined (54 city/50 highway)
Best-fill mpg: 57.2 mpg
Best range: 468.5 miles
Current odometer: 5,523 miles

Logbook Highlights

Performance
"I'll admit that the Prius makes me drive a little faster than normal. Knowing that it gets well over 40 mpg no matter how you drive it is the reason. I have little hesitation to mash the gas when necessary since it barely seems to matter. Could this be why I often observe Prius drivers zipping through traffic like they're in some big hurry? Possibly. If our car were a Prius plug-in, it would be a little different. At least then I would be mindful of the battery range I was using up. It's an odd mind-set, but one that's hard to resist." — Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor

2016 Toyota Prius

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2016 Toyota Mirai Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

The 2016 Toyota Mirai loses some storage space in the trunk due to its battery pack and rear hydrogen tank, but not as much as you might think.

2016 Toyota Mirai: How Much Room Do You Need?

by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant on November 2, 2016

2016 Toyota Mirai

I popped the trunk on our 2016 Toyota Mirai for the first time before driving three friends to a reality-show dinner party. What I saw concerned me. There's a bump in the cargo floor due to the rear hydrogen tank and battery, which are stacked on top of each other.

It didn't look like there was much space left over.

2016 Toyota Mirai

Fortunately, we didn't have that much stuff to load. Three backpacks, a pan of brownies and a couple packages of soy chorizo went in without issue. It didn't matter that the rear seatbacks don't fold down, and since the trunk hinges disappear into their own covered channels, there was no fear of crushed cargo.

2016 Toyota Mirai

There's no doubt that the Mirai's trunk is modest, but it got the job done in this case. And less time spent worrying about our cargo meant more time to focus on who was or wasn't getting a rose.

Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant

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2016 Toyota Mirai Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

Our advanced-technology, hydrogen-powered 2016 Toyota Mirai still uses an old-school parking brake.

2016 Toyota Mirai: Old-School Parking Brake

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on October 26, 2016

2016 Toyota Mirai

In a hurry to get to the pharmacy before they closed, I hopped in the 2016 Toyota Mirai, hit the power button and looked for the electronic parking brake release button.

I quickly searched the center console. Nothing. I looked to the left of the steering wheel. Nothing.

"No way this thing has a manual foot-pedal parking brake," I thought, glancing down at the left side of the footwell. Again nothing.

Now feeling extreme gotta-make-the-pharmacy pressure, I resorted to exiting the Mirai, taking a deep breath, and getting back inside to look again.

Nothing.

With neighbors watching from their front lawn, I again got out of the car, this time bending down to look directly in the footwell.

Sure enough, there was a mechanical foot-pedal release, but fully depressed it is virtually invisible, as shown in the above photo.

Here's what it looks like when the pedal is disengaged.

2016 Toyota Mirai

Say what you will, even call me an idiot. But I had never driven the Mirai before, and never, ever did I expect that an advanced hydrogen-powered vehicle would still be using such old-school technology.

Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor @ 6,825 miles

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2016 Toyota Mirai Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

In this third and final installment of the alternative-energy smackdown, our long-term 2016 Toyota Mirai and 2016 Tesla Model X race to the finish.

2016 Toyota Mirai: Close Finish in Hydrogen vs. Battery Contest

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on September 30, 2016

For the return voyage on our alt-fuel road trip from Santa Monica to Lake Tahoe, Dan Edmunds and I switch cars. This time, I'll be in our long-term 2016 Toyota Mirai and he'll take the 2016 Tesla Model X.

There's a wrinkle, though.

The Tesla will be charting a different course. It will head south on I-395, a shorter route than taking I-5. It will do this because it can — there are Superchargers along I-395. There are zero hydrogen stations, however, so the Mirai can't take the shortcut. This factor will clearly give the Tesla an advantage it didn't enjoy on the inbound leg.

What's more, the Mirai won't simply be returning the way it came. It used up enough range while driving in the Lake Tahoe area (after the completion of our Santa Monica to Lake Tahoe "sprint") that it needs to be refueled in Truckee. Truckee is not on the way back to Santa Monica, but it is closer than Sacramento, home of the next-closest hydrogen station.

So, the Tesla will be taking a shorter return trip and the Mirai will be taking a longer one. This arrangement more accurately reflects the current reality of alt-fuel motoring. Moreover, the lengths of the two cars' routes differ by about 90 miles according to the map. Considering that the Mirai beat the Tesla by 90 minutes on the inbound leg, the outbound contest should be much more even.

2016 Toyota Mirai

Off we go. At 7:59 a.m., we depart Base Camp Hotel in South Lake Tahoe. Our routes diverge almost immediately as Dan peels off in town while I continue around the lake to reach Truckee.

Dan's a competitive guy, and I'm a sucker for car-related contests. I want to win. I am determined to win. It's game on. There's no stopping me now.

I have to stop almost immediately. There's been a lot of road construction in this area lately and the road goes to one lane in several areas. The road crews are doing those alternating-direction closure deals. This isn't the way I wanted to start.

2016 Toyota Mirai

Worse yet, only minutes into the trip I notice something troubling in the Mirai's instrument cluster — an illuminated tire pressure (TPMS) icon. Drat. Does the Mirai have a low tire? It sure isn't driving that way, but sometimes a few missing psi can be hard to notice. Why doesn't this thing have individual tire pressure readouts? Maybe it does and I simply can't find them. Double drat. Stupid icon. It's not angry red, but it's also not going away.

I still have about 40 miles to go before reaching my planned hydrogen stop in Truckee. Depending on how low the tire is, that distance could destroy it. Then again, maybe the lit icon is simply a consequence of the ambient temperature being somewhat cooler than when the tires were set, and everything is actually fine. Maybe.

I start to rehearse the upcoming stop in Truckee in my mind. Every minute on this trip counts. I want to check the tire pressures during refueling to minimize downtime, so I'll need a tire pressure gauge. Fortunately, I carry one in my laptop bag. I dig it out and stick it into the Mirai's cupholder so it'll be at the ready.

The hydrogen pump in Truckee is easy to find. I begin refueling and get to checking the tires. They're cool to the touch and all of them are within two psi of the doorjamb sticker pressures. Perfect. This refueling stop takes eight minutes from power off to power on, and I don't lose a single minute due to the tire scare.

With a full tank and only 100 miles between here and the Sacramento station, I am now free to cane this thing with impunity.

At speed the Mirai is undramatic. Its ride comfort is better than the Tesla's, and its relatively compact dimensions make it feel tidier on the road. Rolling on skinny all-season tires, it has nothing like the handling and braking capability of the Tesla. But the driving experience is reassuringly normal. 

I also find the Mirai's lack of gimcrackery refreshing. Its doors actually work as you expect, its windshield isn't a constant annoyance and its software isn't full of bugs. One of the few frustrations is its quaint, small touchscreen, which has Atari-like graphics compared to the Tesla's and will lawyer you into submission if you dare attempt to enter a navigation destination while moving.

2016 Toyota Mirai

Sacramento comes up swiftly, but the filling station forces me to watch the dreaded instructional video before refueling. Arrggh. Then some poor instructions result in the video playing a second time. And then a third. I didn't budget for this. I also need to use the bathroom, and leaving the car unattended at the pump (like you do at a Supercharger) doesn't feel appropriate. Still, the refueling stop consumes only 12 minutes, even with the unexpected delay.

2016 Toyota Mirai

My next fuel stop is Harris Ranch, except I miss the exit. Yep. User error. Seconds after whizzing under the overpass, I remember that I had turned the volume down on my phone a while back, effectively muting Waze's navigational prompts. The next exit is nine miles away. Eighteen superfluous miles, all because I'm a meathead. This one hurts. Refueling at Harris Ranch takes only 8 minutes, though, and that's my last stop before the finish line.

2016 Toyota Mirai

While at Harris Ranch, I check Dan's progress via the Tesla's iPhone app. There's not much space between us. This will be a close one.

When I finally I turn down the ramp to our parking garage in Santa Monica, it's 4:25 p.m. No Tesla. The Mirai has triumphed once more. But how far away is Dan? I have no signal in the parking garage, so I log a few notes, gather some items, chat with Mike Massey for a bit and head upstairs.

There, I check the app again.

2016 Toyota Mirai

Dan's really close now. I run outside and a minute or so later he rolls past.

2016 Toyota Mirai

I snap the above victory photo — timestamped 4:37 p.m. — and stroll down the parking ramp to swap stories.

Dan says he was exasperated by the numerous slow-moving vehicles he encountered heading out of Tahoe, and now he's demoralized by how close the contest was. I kindly inform him that I inadvertently added 18 miles to my trip with my Harris Ranch snafu. Hopefully he feels a bit better knowing that the win could have been even more decisive than it was.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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2016 Toyota Mirai Long-Term Road Test

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It's hydrogen versus electricity, fuel cell versus batteries as our 2016 Toyota Mirai takes on a 2016 Tesla Model X in a battle to see which can reach Lake Tahoe first.

2016 Toyota Mirai: Hydrogen vs. Electricity Road Trip to Lake Tahoe

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on September 28, 2016

It's 7:05 am as Jay and I climb aboard our mounts and back out of our respective parking spaces. At 7:07 am we're lined up outside the building, waiting for the first traffic signal of the trip to turn green. I'm piloting the 2016 Toyota Mirai and Jay is behind the wheel of our 2016 Tesla Model X. Both cars are filled with their respective fuels and headed for an eventual rendezvous at the Basecamp Hotel in South Lake Tahoe.

We merge onto the 405 freeway and maneuver ourselves to the carpool lane. For now we're queued up line astern, but we're bound to lose sight of each other once we reach a predetermined photo-op point on the outskirts of the LA Basin and start running at whatever speed each of us deems most prudent.

2016 Toyota Mirai

I'm not sure what Jay is planning in the way of fuel stops, but I'm 100-percent certain I'll be making just two of them. The first is 197 miles up ahead in Coalinga, California at Harris Ranch. No strategy is involved here; it's my first and only choice.

This should be easy, because the Mirai has a nominal range of 312 miles. That said, the road north out of LA leads up and over the Tejon Summit, a mountain pass of some 4,160 feet. I've never driven a fuel cell hybrid up such a long grade before. Will consumption go through the roof? I resolve to run no faster than 65mph on the way up and see how it goes.

It soon becomes clear that I have little to worry about. The range meter does not plummet as the Mirai silently wends its way toward the summit. A few extra miles melt away, but not many. There's hardly any drama at all.

2016 Toyota Mirai

There's even less on the way down, where the question of consumption is moot. Soon I'm on the endless flat billiard table that is California's great central valley. As it usually does, the prevailing speed of the sparse traffic climbs almost immediately. The Mirai has no trouble keeping up, and it feels utterly composed and stable as I settle into a fast cruise.

I have no need to stop for provisions. I scarfed a bowl of cereal and filled an insulated mug with office coffee before we started. I take occasional sips of the still-hot brew and regularly scan the mirrors as my podcast backlog unwinds through the Mirai's speakers. This car is relaxing, steady, quiet, smooth...and utterly normal. Its most controversial weirdness is the exterior styling, which I cannot see.

2016 Toyota Mirai

The Coalinga exit comes into view in what seems like no time at all. The map doesn't pinpoint the exact location of the Coalinga hydrogen station, but they're usually on the property of an existing gas station, away from the main pumps. I quickly spot the hydrogen dispensary attached to a small outbuilding on the corner of the Shell station's lot. No one is using it.

The hydrogen fill up takes exactly 5 minutes and 14 seconds, timed from the moment I open the door and step out to the moment I sit down and close it again. The process is much quicker than Supercharging a battery, and there's no point in doing anything other than a complete refill. No appreciable amount of time can be gained by employing the Tesla technique of prematurely terminating the fill as soon as the car has taken on enough to get to the next station. 

As I get back on the road and up to speed, I start to wonder about Jay. I figure he's probably still plugged in and waiting somewhere as I sail up the interstate. The concept of my own range anxiety never once enters my mind. I am utterly unconcerned about the Mirai's chances of reaching the next hydrogen waypoint.

After all, my five-minute pause at the pump netted me an absolutely full tank good for another 300-plus miles. My next stop in West Sacramento is 186 miles ahead. But it soon becomes clear I'm not going to make it without stopping somewhere in between. It's the coffee. I pull off at the next rest area, then merge back into the fast-flowing stream of traffic.

2016 Toyota Mirai

West Sacramento's hydrogen station is located a little ways off the beaten track in an industrial area. It's a cardlock diesel truck stop and an unmanned gas station. The place has E85 pumps, biofuel pumps and a CNG station in addition to the hydrogen I need.

This station requires me to watch an instructional video on the pump's screen before it will issue me a code number that I must then input before I can operate the pump. This first-timer video requirement drags my refueling session out to 9 minutes 40 seconds.

It's my last fuel stop, but this unmanned station has no Mini Mart. There are no food joints in sight, fast or otherwise. I'm going to have to stop again for lunch somewhere up the road. Jay may have an advantage here. Supercharging may take longer, but you can eat as the car charges. Supercharger travel is all about multitasking.

2016 Toyota Mirai

My destination at Lake Tahoe is now just 106 miles ahead. The road turns east as I transition onto Highway 50 and begin climbing into gentle rolling foothills that are the advance guard of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Jay is almost certainly behind me somewhere, but I might be wrong. I can't afford to mess about when I stop for my late lunch. At times like this there's just one answer: Taco Bell Drive-Thru.

A roadside sign gives away the location of one some 20 minutes later. As I wait in the line I have an epiphany: the Tesla app is on my iPhone! It can show me the current location and status of our Model X.

2016 Toyota Mirai

The blue dot that represents my phone's location is at least an hour ahead of the red arrow that shows the Model X's position. It shows that Jay is moving, but I can't tell if he has to stop again. I pay for the burritos and get back onto Highway 50 with a grin on my face.

2016 Toyota Mirai

It's no contest, so much so that I risk a stop at a roadside point of interest for a couple of photos. Bridalveil Fall is quite lovely this time of year. A dozen miles later I stop again. Another peek at the Tesla app reveals that Jay has stopped at the Supercharger in Folsom. I am going to destroy him.

The road narrows to two lanes it climbs higher, and I soon get bottled up behind a caravan of tourists and a couple slow-moving trucks. But there are passing lanes, and the Mirai has more than enough sauce to make quick work of the slowpokes. Thinner high-mountain air can't siphon off power from an electric motor.

2016 Toyota Mirai

It's not long before I crest the summit and get my first glimpse of Lake Tahoe's shimmering vastness. From here it's all downhill to the Basecamp Hotel on the south shore. At this point I'm so far ahead that I decide to indulge in one of my geekier hobbies: I stop and take a short walk for a geocache. It takes less than 10 minutes. The arrow icon representing Jay's Tesla is still motionless at the Folsom Supercharger as I prepare to drive the final two miles to the hotel.

2016 Toyota Mirai

The clock on my iPhone reads 3:38pm as I nose the Mirai into the Basecamp hotel's parking lot, which is 8 hours and 33 minutes after Jay and I began our alt-fuel contest. The trip computer says I averaged 60 mph and the car was switched on for 7 hours and 57 minutes, which means I spent a total of 36 minutes outside the car.

Thirty minutes pass. No sign of Jay. I check-in and unpack my bags. The hour mark comes and goes. Still no sign of Jay.

He finally rolls up a full 90 minutes after I arrived. He's blown away by the magnitude of the gap, at which point I make sure to point out that it could have been 15 minutes worse if I hadn't chosen to make three superfluous stops after lunch.

Hydrogen won this contest because it essentially takes no more time to refill a Mirai than a Prius. The Tesla could only have been competitive if battery-switching technology had been available, a concept that Tesla has backed away from.

But forcing both vehicles to take the same route was certainly a best-case scenario for the Mirai, because the current Hydrogen Highway can't hold a candle to the Supercharger network. On the trip home we're going to let reality bite. The Tesla will be free to take the shortest route the Supercharger network can currently support -- and it'll start off full, because the Basecamp Hotel has a Tesla destination charger.

The Mirai, on the other hand, will be too empty to return the way it came because of some sightseeing miles we'll add while we're here. It'll be forced to venture north to refuel at the Truckee, California hydrogen station before it can head for home. 

Double or nothing?

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 7,234 miles

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2016 Toyota Mirai Long-Term Road Test

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It's hydrogen versus electricity, fuel cell versus batteries as we compare the 2016 Toyota Mirai to the 2016 Tesla Model X on a road trip to Lake Tahoe.

2016 Toyota Mirai: Hydrogen Highway vs. Tesla Supercharger Network

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on September 26, 2016

2016 Toyota Mirai

As far as road-tripping is concerned, our 2016 Toyota Mirai can only go where there are hydrogen filling stations. I recently described a clump of them in the LA basin and another cluster that serves the San Francisco area. There's also a lone station in a place called Coalinga that links these two regions, and another up near Donner Summit on the way to Lake Tahoe.

Turn back the clock to late 2012 and you'll see a map with just six Tesla Superchargers in more or less the same places. At the time, we marveled at how these revolutionary quick-charge stations would enable us to drive our newfangled 2013 Tesla Model S all the way to Lake Tahoe and back. Think of it!

You can see where this is going. Today's Hydrogen Highway is eerily similar to those early days of the Tesla Supercharger Network, and that realization recently prompted Jay Kavanagh and me to concoct a friendly contest. It's the 2016 Toyota Mirai versus the 2016 Tesla Model X, hydrogen versus electricity, fuel cell versus batteries. It's the Hydrogen Highway versus the Tesla Supercharger network.

Place your bets.

2016 Toyota Mirai

The destination: the Basecamp hotel in South Lake Tahoe. The rules: both cars will leave our Santa Monica offices with a full tank or battery (as the case may be), and Jay and I will travel along the same 487-mile route that's served by both networks.

The competing Coalinga stations are close enough for a stare-down across the parking lot, but we're not likely to see each other, because each of us will be free to run at whatever speed seems most prudent for the vehicle we happen to be piloting. And none of the other stations we'll hit will be nearly as close together as they are in Coalinga.

We've got some ideas on how we might change things up on the return leg of the contest, but we plan to see how it all unfolds on the trip north before we make any decisions.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

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