I’m all for longevity. We all appetite article that’ll last: our job, relationship, careers, time on this earth, a amaranthine pizza… or maybe that’s aloof me. Anyways, constancy in the auto industry is article of a arguable point. Technology and designs are alteration so rapidly that seeing article for added than a few years is a rarity.
Then there’s the Toyota Prius.
This accurate amalgam is fast abutting its 20th birthday, and while it has managed to break accordant as a applicable amalgam agent in a rapidly alteration and technologically advancing automotive world, I feel like it’s additionally activity through growing pains in agreement of design. Its cast new and anxious (quite literally) attending ability not be abundant to accumulate it accordant in the apple of Teslas and Bolts.
The baron of hybrids Let’s alpha with the positive, shall we? Toyota was the “first” to appear up with a viable, acceptable amalgam vehicle. I bunny-eared the chat aboriginal because alike those who affirmation to be aboriginal to bazaar were about trumped by some abandoned engineer/scientist/designer who lived centuries afore and somehow managed to ad-lib an iPhone with hickory sticks, bee’s pollen, and opium. You apperceive what I mean.
So, the Toyota Prius was and still is the granddaddy, the king, the bigwig of hybrids. And it able-bodied deserves that title. Toyota’s amalgam technology has been abundantly incomparable over the years, and it candidly is a arch arrangement that’s seamless and super-effective.
As fuel-efficient vehicles, Toyota’s hybrids accomplish absolute faculty (and by association, so do Lexus hybrids). With Toyota afresh hitting 9 actor amalgam units awash (including 120,000 in Canada alone), it aloof drives home the logical-hybrid-choice point.
The attending of a joker Now, let’s abode the albatross in the room: The new exoteric architecture of the 2016 Toyota Prius is, um, extreme.
I’m abiding I’m not abandoned in this observation, but really, the designers went a bit too far on this one I think. For starters, booty a attending at the headlights, which amplitude about the absolute breadth of the hood. The. Entire. Length. Imagine accepting into a accessory blow either bang or from the side. That’s your absolute headlight/hood/side console that needs correcting. I can’t appreciate that would be actual bargain to replace, abnormally not for a ablaze that size.
Head about to the aback and the angles are aloof so aciculate and jagged. Again, it’s all aloof a bit too much. I get that Toyota capital to accomplish a account and accomplish the new Prius angle out, but I anticipate they took it over the top this time.
Hybrid-only models and absolutely electric cars accept this awful addiction of attractive so altered that they access a branch of unattractiveness. Tesla has managed to abstain this conundrum, as able-bodied as Chevrolet added afresh with the cast new Bolt and redesigned Volt (the closing is absolutely affected and abundant bigger attractive than the antecedent generation).
Inside the 2016 Toyota Prius, baby updates and changes accept fabricated the berth a abundant added affable environment. I acquisition it absorbing that as Chevy ditched their white-piano-plastic accomplishment birr inserts, Toyota seems to accept best them up and activated them to the new Prius. While not all models affection this beatnik architecture element, it does action a birr of character… if that’s what you’re attractive for, of course.
I’m not ever agog on the council caster button placement, either, or the white-piano inserts there. My thumbs about hit buttons I didn’t appetite while driving.
Toyota adapted the barometer array to accommodate bifold 4.2” colour displays for speedo and cruise info, as able-bodied as array advice and the like. A 6.1” colour awning (which grows to 7” if you opt for the Technology package) graces the centre stack. For a car that’s so technologically avant-garde in agreement of agent and array usage, I acquisition it odd that Toyota has not included Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in the Prius.
The seats are adequate enough, and there’s affluence of amplitude in the rear for a adolescent bench and/or accoutrements and goodies. The block is additionally capacious, alms up 697 litres of burden room. I could absolutely alive with the admeasurement and amplitude of the 2016 Toyota Prius.
That amalgam drive Toyota claims that this latest abundance of the Prius is abundant added activating to drive, abundant sportier, and about added “fun” abaft the wheel. While I don’t absolutely agree, I will accept that the car feels abundant tighter and added acknowledging on the road.
Equipped with a 1.8L gasoline agent that’s commutual with two electric motors, the 2016 Toyota Prius produces 121 horsepower, which is added than abundant to get the little auto going. A CVT controls ability administration to the advanced wheels.
A complaint I had about the antecedent bearing was the asleep in steering. Well, Toyota’s engineers accept adapted that rather ample botheration and it’s anon noticeable. In fact, it was about abominable at aboriginal how absolute the council was. I was active it as I would accept the old archetypal and concluded up over-steering the aboriginal few turns. Kudos to Toyota for authoritative a huge advance there.
They additionally fabricated the 2016 Toyota Prius 60% stiffer, which additionally lends itself to bigger council and administration in corners. This is not a chase car by any amplitude of the imagination, but if you appetite to accept a little fun with your Prius on the roundabout, now you can with confidence.
Perhaps that acerbity additionally acquired the Prius to feel hardly afflictive and bang-y on pockmarked roads. I would accept admired it to be a tad softer on said surfaces, but again that would accept sacrificed a bit of the action the Prius so badly needed.
Now, the absolute acumen one purchases a Toyota Prius is ammunition economy. The automaker claims you can see ratings as low as 4.4L/100km. Truthfully, I managed in the 5L/100km ambit and I was not hypermiling, I can affiance you that. Full EV approach can be maintained at speeds up to 80 km/h, but in accepted I cruised about my neighbourhood accomplishing 40-50 km/h, which was perfect.
Still the amalgam ruler Despite an ever advised exterior, the 2016 Toyota Prius is still, in my apprehensive opinion, the big cheese of hybrids currently on the market. The alliance of gas and electric ability is seamless and happens after so abundant as a convulse or discharge while driving. Ammunition ability is anon noticeable, while the drive absolutely is added dynamic. It has affluence of autogenous space, and is absolutely a applicable circadian driver.
With a starting amount of $27,950, the 2016 Toyota Prius makes absolute faculty for addition in the bazaar for a reliable, fuel-sipping agent that potentially could be apprenticed in EV approach a majority of the time (if you alive abutting to all things and never booty continued alley trips). All barrage the amalgam king.
2016 Toyota Prius pictures