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 3 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 2017 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 when using air conditioning"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Toyota Prius Three Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Antennae under dash was loose and made a rattle while driving"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rattle emanating from behind display. Dealer did address and it stopped for awhile but returned. Took to dealer a 2nd time, and they were unable to duplicate. It has now gotten much worse. Will be taking it in again / 3rd time!"

Mark C., CA (2017 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"When initially bought the car had squeaks with the radio system. They replaced it at no cost. Recently getting squeaks which I cannot tell are coming from the radio or the AC. Have not brought it in because I want to get more info on when it occur first. Not constant."

Anonymous, NC (2017 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Dash squeaks a bit. There is a TSB (technical service bulletin) for a fix, but I didn't do anything since I didn't want the dash pulled apart. I can live with a few squeaks."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rattle noise on dashboard"

Pablo M., TX (2017 Toyota Prius 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Noises inside the cabin pasenger side, fixed by toyota"

Alfredo Z., TX (2017 Toyota Prius ECO 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rattle under the center dash is irritating but nothing serious"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Toyota Prius Four Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"On rough pavement there is a dash rattle"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Toyota Prius Four Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Minor rattle which turned out to be from part of the rear-view mirror assembly. Dealer service department corrected the problem at no cost."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Toyota Prius Four Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"A bothersome rattle started in the right dashboard after only 2000 miles in my new Prius. It's really a bad rattle on poor roads. Dealer says he can't hear it during test drive so hasn't fixed it yet."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"There is an intermittent rattle in the upper instrument cluster. It occurs on rough paved roads and has since I drove it home. I've had the dealership check it several times. Twice they couldn't make it rattle. Once they tho't it was a seal UNDER the dashboard, but that repair didn't stop it. It gets loud sometimes and is annoying any time it happens. We expected better from a brand new car."

Mark M., FL (2017 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rattle behind the Navigation screen; addressed by dealer and fixed. However has reappeared again after about 6 months"

Mark C., CA (2017 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The speaker turned out to be bad. They replaced it free under warranty"

Anonymous, NC (2017 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Wind noise

"There is wind noise at highway speeds in multiple windows. They keep fixing it and it shows up again elsewhere"

Bruce P., CA (2017 Toyota Prius Two 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

Display screen goes blank

"When I make calls using my iPhone and connected to bluetooth, the system restarts. Entune is absolutely awful."

Preston M., TX (2017 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The USB port in the car did not function. The dealership discovered it was not connect up to the audio system at the factory"

Randy P., OR (2017 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Connectivity with Entune is spotty. Sometimes, you have to disconect Entune and reconnect to initiate a link between the vehicle and the iPhone. When I switch between my Camry and Prius, I have to select the vehicle in the Entune software. It is annoying if you have already started the car and are driving."

Harvey C., CA (2017 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The blue tooth interface with iPhone resulted in jibberish instead of audio file. Software upgrade at the dealership fixed the problem. Same interface needs to be reset before listening to audio files about 50% of the time."

John C., NJ (2017 Toyota Prius Four Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The nav system is usually reliable, but poorly designed. The audio cues cannot be heard when the radio is operating; the radio should be reduced in volume level or completely squelched. In addition, the audio cues are terse; for example, turn left at next corner should include the name of the roadway onto which the turn is to me executed. And when arriving at the destination the message is not clear if it is on the right or left, closeby or not so close."

David V., IN (2017 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Sent me on a very slow route instead of the interstate that I wanted"

Richard G., MA (2017 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The navigation system has taken us to incorrect locations several times, including routing us to a residence about 4 miles from our desired location when we programmed it for a hospital at 4 a.m.! It has also taken us on circuitous routes instead of ones that made sense. The dealer wants $169 for an update but doesn't claim it will solve the problem."

C V., TX (2017 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Most features are blocked, without letting you know, indicating you are the problem"

Anonymous, VA (2017 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Bluetooth malfunctioned becasue passenger,myself, with my pacemaker. It called some contacts on wife's phone without inaction on her part."

Anonymous, IN (2017 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Entune constantly loses pairing with my iPhone and never seems to reconnect both the phone and the audio together. I have to connect them separately."

Preston M., TX (2017 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Radio

"The interface (touchscreen) is klutzy and difficult to change stations while driving. occasionally my hand/finger will touch the screen accidentally, resulting in a change to the radio station."

Bill D., MN (2017 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Software update fixes

"The software updates reflects the problem with the forward collision avoidance."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Toyota Prius Four Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Steering wheel controls

"lane departure assist does not operate"

Carolyn C., OH (2017 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"I didn't have any problems. I responded to Toyota's recall."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Toyota Prius Four Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Forward collision warning required a software update since it might brake in a car wash. Fixed under warranty. No problems."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"When crossing the line, the warning device does not activate. After two attempts at fixing, it now works after the car has been driven for several minutes, but still does not work early on when driving."

Craig H., ON (2017 Toyota Prius 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rodent ate electrical wiring under hood."

Anonymous, (2017 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I don't believe the front collision and pedestrian detection system ever worked. We were tod by the dealer that these systems, part of the Tiyota Safety Sense System we were no instslled.. then we had a collision that, I believe, should have been detected. When the car was repaired a new set of controls appeared on the display. They were not there before."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Toyota Prius Two 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

"Small trim on driver mirror came off in car wash."

Wade M., NC (2017 Toyota Prius Four Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"cheap plastic - significant down grade from previous prius."

Anonymous, KS (2017 Toyota Prius 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"rear door rubber weather seals cracking (extreme desert heat exposure?)"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"I have the white prius and the paint peeled off on the hood and front side fenders."

Wayne E., FL (2017 Toyota Prius Four 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery would not hold a charge. Dealership tested it, declared it faulty and replaced it under warranty at no charge."

Turnbull I., FL (2017 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Engine harness

"Wiring harness rubbing on plastic. Fixed under warranty with tear-resistant tape."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Engine wiring harness had to have tape put on it to stop any rubbing on a plastic engine part. Fixed under warranty. No problems."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rodent ate main electrical cable and wires."

Anonymous, (2017 Toyota Prius Four 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)

"The brakes grab hard, regardless of the pressure I put on. Several times the car almost flipped over they grabbed so hard"

Anonymous, TN (2017 Toyota Prius 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Parking brake

"Parking brake pedal pushed to floor before stopping. Probably just needs adjustment to stop higher"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Toyota Prius Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Rotors

"uneven wearing. Dealership lubed brake callipers"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"Was caused by a previous service interval when technician did not plug wiring securely into its receptacle."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Sensor in ac not operating correctly"

J F., OH (2017 Toyota Prius Four Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

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.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

"Came loose without explanation and caused a DTC"

Anonymous, IN (2017 Toyota Prius Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Sensor light stayed on shortly after picking up the new vehicle. The Dealership replaced the sensor and problem was resolved"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Toyota Prius Two 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

Body control module

"TSB/Warranty work no issue found check in was good"

Bryce C., WI (2017 Toyota Prius Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"I think the bulb just blew out. We didn't have to replace the entire fixture which would have been expensive"

Paul M., TX (2017 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

"Glass Leaked and to be replaced"

Wayne E., FL (2017 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

Heater system

"The heater system doesn't work. I can't tell what component is causing the issue, however, when the fan does choose to blow, it blows cold air, regardless of the temperature setting"

Anonymous, TN (2017 Toyota Prius 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.

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.

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

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