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In our tests the Prius returned 52 mpg overall, a significant improvement over the previous generation's 44 mpg. On top of that, the new car also handles more responsively and rides more comfortably. Colorful digital gauges dominate the dashboard with abundant fuel-economy information. The touch-screen infotainment system is fairly straightforward. The sensible Prius has always been about efficiency and low running costs. The car can drive solely on electric, up to about 25 mph typically, and the engine is now quieter when it kicks in. However, the seats are rather chintzy, tire noise is noticeable, and cabin access is not as easy because of the car's lower stance. A plug-in version, the Prius Prime, can go about 23 miles on electric power, and takes five hours to charge on 120V. For 2017 forward-collision warning with automatic braking is standard.

See Reliability page for the latest 2017 Toyota Prius recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS standard. Side and head protection air bags available, standard from 2007. ESC available from 2004, 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 recorde...

Highs

  • Phenomenal fuel economy
  • Likely to be very reliable

Lows

  • Hampered rear visibility
  • Some odd interior quirks, like the joystick shifter and glossy white plastic trim

Best Version to Get

We'd opt for a Prius Three. Although doing so would make it an ever-so-slightly more expensive car than the Three Touring, you'd have the benefit of a color head-up display and a power sunroof (neither of which is available on the Touring models). It's frustrating that some desirable safety and...

Specifications

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)