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.
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Toyota Prius 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.

Pricing starts at just under $26,000 for the base car. Our Prius Three landed at $27,323, putting it at parity with a typical midsized sedan or a small SUV. The Prius range tops out at nearly $31,000 for the Four Touring.

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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 co...
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