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2016 Toyota Prius Overview

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The Toyota Prius is somewhat of a legend in the hybrid car world. As the first mass-produced vehicle of its kind, the Prius has been around for 15 years, and in that time many drivers have come to appreciate the vehicle’s ability to save them money on gas while also saving the planet. Now, the 2016 Prius adds updated styling and a myriad of other features to its arsenal, promising to be better than ever before.


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2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring

What’s New for the 2016 Toyota Prius?

The 2016 Toyota Prius marks the beginning of the hybrid’s fourth generation. The vehicle has been rebuilt from the ground up, now featuring a lower and wider stance for a more enjoyable driving experience, plus sporty new styling and better fuel efficiency than previously.

The 2016 Prius comes in six trim levels: Two, Two Eco, Three, Three Touring, Four, and Four Touring. The previous model year’s Five trim has been discontinued, while the Eco and Touring models are new for 2016.

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2016 Toyota Prius Three

2016 Toyota Prius Exterior

At first glance, you can tell that the 2016 Prius is different from its predecessor. The hybrid has been lowered and seems to have taken styling cues from the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Handling has been improved thanks to a new double-wishbone rear suspension, which also makes for a smoother ride overall. All Prius models benefit from features like LED headlights, running lights, and taillights; heated mirrors; and keyless entry.

The Prius offers seven exterior color choices: Hypersonic Red, Blizzard Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Sea Glass Pearl, and Blue Crush Metallic.

2016 Toyota Prius Exterior Photos:

Exterior available on Two

  • Bi-LED projector low- and high-beam headlights with auto-off feature, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with on/off feature, LED taillights and stoplights, 15-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels with full wheel covers, Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers, Heated power outside mirrors with folding feature, Active grille shutter, Color-keyed roof-mounted shark-fin antenna, Intermittent tear window wiper

Exterior available on Two Eco

  • No intermittent rear window wiper, 15-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels with two-ton wheel covers

Exterior available on Three

  • Intermittent rear window wiper

Exterior available on Three Touring

  • Integrated fog lights and LED accent lights, 17-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels, Unique rear bumper treatment, Touring-specific suspension

Exterior available on Four

  • Rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers

Exterior available on Four Touring

  • Integrated fog lights and LED accent lights, 17-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels, Unique rear bumper treatment, Touring-specific suspension

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2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco

2016 Toyota Prius Performance

The 2016 Toyota Prius is motivated by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and pair of electric motors. They are paired to a continuously variable transmission that sends power to the front wheels. Combined, the engine and motors are good for up to 121 horsepower.

The Prius has never been a speedy vehicle, and the 2016 is no exception. In track testing by Edmunds, the Prius made it from 0 to 60 mph in 9.8 seconds, which is pretty much on par with the previous model year.

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2016 Toyota Prius Three

2016 Toyota Prius Efficiency

Efficiency is where the Toyota Prius shines. The 2016 model sees an increase in its mpg rating, and now yields 54 mpg in the city, 50 mpg on the highway, and 52 mpg combined. The Prius Two Eco goes even further, boasting ratings of 28/23/26 mpg city/highway/combined. In short, whichever Prius model you choose, you’ll be getting a great return on investment whenever you visit the gas station.

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2016 Toyota Prius Interior

The 2016 Prius’ new shape is good news for the driver and front passenger. The new model offers greater legroom and headroom in the front, though a couple of inches are lost in rear seat legroom. The cargo bay, however, has increased by 14%, making the hybrid more practical than ever before.

All Prius models come with automatic climate control, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and Siri Eyes Free. Moving up the trims, you’ll find features like leatherette seats, satellite radio, a wireless smartphone charging pad, an heated front seats.

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Interior available on Two

  • Features: Smart-flow climate control system with humidity sensor and pollen filtration mode, Black center console with armrest and storage compartment, White accent on steering wheel and shifter, 4.2-inch color dual Multi-Information Display (MID), Tilt/telescopic steering wheel with controls, 60/40 split fold-down rear seats with center armrest, Fabric-trimmed front seats with seatback pockets, 6-way adjustable driver’s seat and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat, Cruise control, Smart Key System on driver’s door with Push Button Start, Cargo area lightweight tonneau cover, Dual sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, Two 12V auxiliary power outlets, Power windows with auto up/down, Power door locks
  • Radio and Technology: Entune™ audio, Integrated backup camera

Interior available on Two Eco

  • Features: Smart Key System on three doors with Push Button Start and remote illuminated entry, Tire repair kit
  • Radio and Technology: Same as Two

Interior available on Three

  • Features: White center console with armrest and storage compartment, SofTex®-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel with controls
  • Radio and Technology: Entune™ Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite, Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging with charge indicator light

Interior available on Three Touring

  • Features: SofTex®-trimmed front seats with seatback pockets
  • Radio and Technology: Toyota Safety Sense™ P (Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Auto High Beams, Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control)

Interior available on Four

  • Features: SofTex®-trimmed heated front seats with seatback pockets, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support, Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink®
  • Radio and Technology: Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert(RCTA)

Interior available on Four Touring

  • Features: Integrated fog lights and LED accent lights, 17-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels, Unique rear bumper treatment, Touring-specific suspension
  • Radio and Technology: Toyota Safety Sense™ P (Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Auto High Beams, Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control)

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2016 Toyota Prius Two

2016 Toyota Prius Safety

Safety is a big deal to Toyota, so it’s no surprise that the automaker created the Prius with safety in mind. The hybrid features all the regular safety features (airbags, traction and stability control, LATCH anchors, tire pressure monitoring), and Touring models come with Toyota’s Safety Sense P package. This includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, and full-speed dynamic radar cruise control. The Four models offer a blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.

Standard Safety Features

  • Star Safety System – includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop Technology (SST)
  • Driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System
  • Driver and front passenger front seat-mounted side airbags, passenger seat cushion airbag, driver’s knee airbag, and front and rear curtain shield airbags
  • Driver and front passenger active headrests
  • LATCH – includes lower anchors on outboard rear seats and tether anchors on all rear seats
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS)
  • Vehicle Proximity Notification System (VPNS)
  • Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Engine immobilizer

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  • Dawn CarberryContributor

    Dawn Carberry is the digital marketing manager and the head blogger for the Haddad Automotive Group, located in the city of Pittsfield in Western MA. The Haddad Auto Group includes Haddad Toyota, Haddad Subaru, Haddad Hyundai, and Haddad Nissan new car dealerships, and Haddad of South County used cars.

  • gman

    Just drove the 2016 prius. Very disappointed with the interior, the white in my opinion is totally out of place. And for my wife and I the surface around the touch screen is the worst, it is to shiny and you get to much glare from it. Otherwise it drove ok, and we didn’t even mind the outside appearance to much. We have waited a year for the redesign to become available, probably will buy something else now