Fifty-two mpg. Mic drop. The 52 mpg overall we garnered in the redesigned 2016 Toyota Prius is a phenomenal achievement, especially viewed against the previous car's impressive 44 mpg overall. In fact, it's the highest fuel economy we've ever recorded by a car that doesn't plug in. There's more going on with the fourth-generation Prius than just fuel sipping, though.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2007. ESC standard from 2010. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2010, standard from 2017.
Road Test

Fifty-two mpg. Mic drop. The 52 mpg overall we garnered in the redesigned 2016 Toyota Prius is a phenomenal achievement, especially viewed against the previous car's impressive 44 mpg overall. In fact, it's the highest fuel economy we've ever recorded by a car that doesn't plug in.

There's more going on with the fourth-generation Prius than just fuel sipping, though. Sure, it still packs the traits Prius owners have come to love, such as interior room approaching a midsized car (within the footprint of a compact), hatchback versatility, and reasonable pricing. But some key weaknesses have been improved upon, including the ride, cabin noise, and interior quality. Plus, other common criticisms are addressed with zazzed-up handling dynamics and surprisingly aggressive styling.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 hybrid (121 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Toyota Prius owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Rattle from right rear of vehicle, dealer unable to duplicate"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It was a manuficators issue. They found that insulation had been left off a heater duct on the drivers side. At high speed it "whined" in a very annoying way. But when they found it, put on foam insulation tape, the sound went away. I feel sure it was corrected on the 2017 model"

John D., VA (2016 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear struts started rattling"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"loud but intermittent rattle under dashboard at highway speed; dealer say they didn't hear it; problem remains"

Seth G., WI (2016 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Struts housing on one side broke down and rattled all the time. It was replaced under warrantee at no charge"

David T., PA (2016 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Passenger side rear, above wheel well, strut bolt wasn't tight. Dealership found and fixed item. Now driver side same area making noise"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The mount that the rear view mirror attached to rattled from the beginning and needed to be adjusted"

Anonymous, KS (2016 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Break retaining spring is make annoying vibration noise"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota Prius Three Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"rattle left side of dash especially on highway - very bothersome. Also, rattle on right side of dash near glove compartment - appears to be temperature dependent - most at about 40-50 degrees"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Loud rattle inside driver's side door -back seat repaired by dealer no charge"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota Prius ECO 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Intermittent rattle behind dashboard"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Toyota Prius Three Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Buzzing in dash. Fixed under warranty. Dealer found a TSB and replaced a defective air duct causing the problem"

K C., NH (2016 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"There is sometimes a rattle. Almost seems like a piece of plastic is behind gps/air vent console"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Wind noise

"We are disappointed there is considerable wind noise for this vehicle"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"drivers door upper area wind noise. door was set lower than back door from the factory. Dealer adjusted door and helped some but did not stop it as it was adjusted up but not in at the top. Still has wind noise"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Toyota Prius ECO 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"window"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It is more than just wind noise. It is road noise that makes it hard to hear when moving at 40+ miles and hour. I have to turn my radio up so high just to hear it. For the price I bought my Prius for it should have zero road noise and wind noise"

Locklin O., TX (2016 Toyota Prius ECO 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Great at identifying vehicles going behind me but unsure of people and bicycles. 100% Confidence is not there but better than nothing (no feature)"

Alan K., CA (2016 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Electronic, automatically-dimmed rear view mirror does not dim sufficiently to protect driver from bright headlights"

James P., MD (2016 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen freezes up

"Only once when due for a system upgrade"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen goes blank

"Infotainment system intermittently rebooted several times at start-up"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"screen would go blank then the system would restart and begin working again"

John H., WA (2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Computer has tendency to crash, especially when iPhone6 is plugged in. Problem is not constant. May be related to problem pairing with non-Android phone"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota Prius Three Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The car's manual says the car supports music from a USB device, up to a total of 9,999 songs, but for some reason the system would only recognize the first 256 songs on the device. I had to argue with several technicians before they finally agreed to call the manufacturer and get an update for the device. Now it works correctly"

Jeremiah L., TN (2016 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The GPS suddenly stopped working one day. There was nothing in any of my owner manuals about what the owner should do in this situation. So I took it to the dealer. When I picked up the car, they told me they had had install 3 software updates; it took the whole day for them to get the GPS working again"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"map data is years out of date, dealer charges $180 for the current chip, but no assurance it will not be the same. This is more than a free standing GPS with life-time updates. So you can't trust the built in GPS and you can't update it with confidence that it might get better"

James I., NH (2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"the phone does not connect, I have to do it manually"

Wendy L., MA (2016 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"At times will not play podcasts on iPhone without stuttering. Absolutely no sense to when it will pair correctly and when it will not. Dealer unable to help"

Fletcher C., NM (2016 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Voice control commands

"Very often will not respond correctly to voice commands despite training. Quite frustrating and has resulted in my generally not even trying to use it"

Fletcher C., NM (2016 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The two tow point covers fell off"

Malcolm R., CA (2016 Toyota Prius Three Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"On the front bumper, the panel that protects the area where they can use a hook if they need to pull the car out of the ditch -- it came off going through a carwash and needed to be replaced. The guarantee would not cover it"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The mud guards on the car came loose a couple of time. Fix was free at the dealership"

Yusheng Q., TX (2016 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint has been chipped in several areas with no indication of force"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The paint on the hood of my Prius has chips all over it. The least smallest piece of gravel causes a tiny chip. If I purchase another car I want a very high quality paint on it that will at least take the punishment of any small pieces of gravel hits. These chips are all the way to the metal. If paint should chip it should at least show the primer not bare metal. I worked in a body shop/painting and we always put 4 coats of color and 3 coats of clean on the vehicles we painted for added pro"

Locklin O., TX (2016 Toyota Prius ECO 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"factory recall"

Alina S., NC (2016 Toyota Prius ECO 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Multiple dash warning messages and lights indicating failures with brake power level and all safety features. No noticable impact on brakes while driving, but all other safety features were inoperative, including cruise control, etc. This has occurred three times, but then resolved themselves before we were able to get vehicle to dealer. Dealers can see error code history, but were unable to pinpoint the cause. Waiting to see if it happens again"

Michael J., CA (2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Parking brake

"no problem just a recall on the parking brake"

Kevin C., CA (2016 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Safety Recall"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"This was a recall that happened very quickly after we purchased the car"

Anonymous, BC (2016 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"The rear strut nuts worked lose and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear struts causing rattle had to be repaired"

Anonymous, MD (2016 Toyota Prius Three Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"After 2000 miles both rear shocks needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, KS (2016 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Steering wheel vibration

"Front undercarriage shield is made of plastic, secured with plastic zip fasteners. The undercarriage is so low that it has several times scraped on concrete barriers in parking spaces, then fractured and detached to become lodged in the front wheel wells. When this occurs, front wheel steering is restricted and creates loud, scraping noise. Dealer has twice repaired and re-attached the undercarriage shield, and has advised us that prevention of future incidents would require an after-market fron"

James P., MD (2016 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"I get flashed at night by on coming cars that believe my brights are on when there not"

Lance P., TX (2016 Toyota Prius ECO 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The headlights are set too high, and adjustments by the dealer do not work. It is a design flaw by the manufacturer. I am constantly flashed by other cars when my headlights are on low beam. They are LED, which frankly I don't care for due to experiencing the same problem when other vehicles with this type of headlight drives towards me"

Anonymous, ID (2016 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Keyless entry

"Auto door lock did not lock.It was improperly aligned.Replaced under warranty bo dealer"

Robert G., OK (2016 Toyota Prius Three Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Warning lights

"Side view mirror flashers have never worked. To be addressed at next dealership service appointment"

Byron R., MA (2016 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"There is a film on the windows that will not come off. I have tried many solutions and none have worked. Simon le wear and tear is reducing it but it is still there. I have brought the car to the dealer,but they patronize me and tell me to use my defroster etc.. it seriously impacts driving,when there is a gentle mist or rain"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Sunroof

"Seal loosened on drivers side and will be replaced on warranty"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"It clicks often and blows indiscriminately either fast or slow regardless of the speed setting. Had the motor replaced, and the new one is doing the same thing"

D D., KY (2016 Toyota Prius ECO 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"A/C housing and ductwork repeatedly destroyed by rodents, despite all countermeasures. Evidently the rodents enjoy the plant-based structures. Toyota does not cover this under warranty, but should!"

Paul A., CA (2016 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

"Started leaking 20000 miles"

Kenneth O., MD (2016 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Hybrid/electric system and battery (excluding replacement)

"I experienced a major decline in performance over the past few months. Having driven an identical model vehicle, it is obvious that my car's hybrid system is faulty, with a battery that does not have a properly balanced charge/discharge cycle (mine likes to completely drain the battery and only then recharge it), and is reluctant to engage at all (even on level terrain at stop lights). I get 8-10 mpg less in my car as a result. Plus the handling is sloppy in comparison. However, the dealership i"

Anonymous, KY (2016 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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