JDM Engine Option: 1.8 L 2ZR-FXE I4 (gasoline hybrid)
Curb Weight: 1395 Kg
Size: L 4540 mm x W 1760 mm x H 1490 mm
The Toyota Prius has reached its fourth generation as the production of the latest model started in December 2015. Being the first mass produced full hybrid vehicle, the Prius is perfectly depicting that if you come first, you don’t necessarily need to be good. This is a bit of an exaggeration with this year’s model, but for the first generations this truly how we felt.
Like all the previous generations, it was one of the cleanest vehicles that money can buy, as you didn’t have to stop and recharge for 20 hours after 30 km.
We do have to say that we really like the look of this new generation. The front slightly reminds you of the Lexus LFA and the back just screams modern.
Interior-wise, it is very spacious, but really isn’t all that comfortable. The front seats are decent, while the rear ones are hard. However, the good thing is that you are surrounded by technology, which in our book isa big plus.
Space is another thing that the Prius handles well. There is room for four people with ease and the trunk is also generous. Fun fact, there’s also a touring version, with slightly bigger trunk space, if the standard version doesn’t suit your needs.
Compared to the older generations, this one handles better, but not by much. As for the overall comfort, the Prius never disappointed.
The transfer from the engine to battery and vice versa is smooth and you almost don’t feel it.
Transmission is only automatic and, to be fair, it is pretty good. Gear changing is smooth and you’ll hear almost no engine noise during cruising.
You might be thinking that because it’s a hybrid vehicle that reached its fourth generation you will get less than 3.5 L / 100 km. Well … you don’t. This is actually a thing that bugs us from the first generation. Toyota always advertises a better consumption and it turns up to be a bit different. It really doesn’t matter how economical you drive, as you will always have a worse figure than Toyota advertised. The very best that we managed was 5.6 L / 100 km.
Also, you might be thinking that Toyota, a company with a lot of experience with hybrid vehicles and even some full electric ones, has mastered regenerative braking. Sadly, the Prius doesn’t come with this. Brakes are decent, but lack a little feel to them.
Steering is sharper, compared to the old generation, but could still use some work regarding input.
Under hard acceleration, the engine gets a bit noisy and it seems that it takes forever to reach 100 km/h. It’s been clocked at around 10.5 to 11 seconds to 10 km/h. OK …for the category that this vehicle is in this really shouldn’t be a fault. Compared to the other generations, though, it’s way better, but we would have liked it to have a bit more punch.
It is a tad bit on the expensive side. The base price is around 25,500 $.
Personally, we wouldn’t buy the Prius. It looks OK, it’s comfortable and you do get a lot of gadgets, but in the end it’s not that economical and that is great. And for the base price you can get a decently spec’d diesel Ford Focus, which is way more economical.
What others say
http://www.consumerreports.org/ – We think the Prius Three trim level we purchased with the optional Advanced Technology package hits the sweet spot.
http://www.thecarconnection.com/ – The 2016 Toyota Prius has moved much closer to driving like a regular car, while maintaining the highest fuel economy of any car without a plug; that should attract new buyers—if they can overlook the styling.