2016 Toyota Prius Release Date and Review

2016 Toyota Prius Release Date, Price, MPG, Specs – According to credible sources privy of the Japanese automaker operations, the new 2016 Toyota Prius is set to arrive in dealerships sometime early next year. The vehicle comes with several highlights including revamped gas electric hybrid, an improved interior, a refreshed platform, and better fuel consumption ratings.

2016 Toyota Prius
2016 Toyota Prius

Also, the new Prius comes with high-tech features and options, superior fuel economy, a roomy luggage compartment, and a huge backseat. Moving on, the brand faces a crossroad for the next-gen vehicle. The Prius debuting is a representation of the game-changing occurring at the hybrid segment. It is more than just better EPA ratings for its traditional users and has something to do with its cultural and social currency. The new vehicle will need to walk a tight rope in order to maintain its loyalist while still softening its skeptics.

2016 Toyota Prius side view, blue color, alloy wheels

With its unmasking, everything seems to be going the way it was intended to, at least for the exterior part. The tapering and familiar wedge windows are accounted for, but come with a new twist that creases right from the front end, door panels, LED headlights, and rear flanks. In overall, the new 2016 Toyota Prius looks conventional with borrowed cues from the Mirai fuel-cell model, which is an all-new model from Toyota.

2016 Toyota Prius rear view, alloy wheels, taillights

Engine Specs – 2016 Toyota Prius

Sadly, Toyota hasn’t made the powertrain details apparent to the public. However, we should see the previous model’s 1.8L engine carried over to the 2016 Toyota Prius. The 1.8L 4-cyl engine comes paired to a pair of electric motor generators. And together their output rises to 134 hp, which is consequently sent to the fore wheels through a CVT system.

2016 Toyota Prius engine

According to our test drive, the new 2016 Toyota Prius was sable to sprint from 0-60 mph in a lackluster 10.2 seconds, which compares almost equally to the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid. As for the EPA ratings, expect the new Prius to offer an impressive 51/48/50 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
All of the available trims come fitted with stability control, antilock disc brakes, front side airbags, a rearview camera, traction control, and driver knee airbag. Optional packages should add roadside emergency assistance, frontal collision warning, stolen vehicle location, collision notification, and lane departure warning.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 106.3 in
Length: 178.7 in
Width: 69.3 in
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 27,4 cu ft
Curb weight: 3075 lbs
Top Speed: 115 mph
0-60: 10.2 sec
MPG: 51/48 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Blizzard Pearl, Blue Crush Metallic, Classic Silver Metallic, Hypersonic Red, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Sea Glass Pearl, Super White…
Towing Capacity: N/A

Exterior Review & Interior Pictures – 2016 Toyota Prius

2016 Toyota Prius exterior, grille, headlights, alloy wheels, front view

What we think shouldn’t attract the attention of most users of the new 2016 Toyota Prius but very important is most likely the new chassis that lies beneath the sheet metal. That same chassis is expected to lay the foundation of the future Corolla, Camry, and RAV4 models, and whilst that may not seem noteworthy at the moment, the new chassis provides an improved center of gravity, and therefore we should expect a more stable Prius, better handling and definitely a revised suspension system.

2016 Toyota Prius front
2016 Toyota Prius front

Cabin wise, the design materials seem fresher and of higher quality than those of the existing Prius, however the cabin doesn’t seem any larger than before, despite an increment of about 2.4” in length and about 0.6” in its width.

Moving on, the new vehicle comes as a five passenger hatchback available in five different trims. Although, the compact Prius C and larger Prius V are covered in separate reviews which you can find in this site.

2016 Toyota Prius interior, leather seats, steering wheel

Some of the standard equipment available on the base 2016 Toyota Prius Two include cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, premium audio system, 15” alloy wheels, a tilt steering wheel, a 6.1” touchscreen, iPod/USB interface, CD player, split-folding rear seat, power heated mirrors, trip computer, keyless ignition, an auxiliary audio jack, a rear view camera, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, keyless entry, and cloth upholstery.

2016 Toyota Prius back
2016 Toyota Prius back

Moving up the trim ladder is the 2016 Toyota Prius Three which bundles everything on the Two and adds voice control, Pandora radio, a navigation system, keyless entry, and Entune system.

2016 Toyota Prius interior
2016 Toyota Prius interior

The 2016 Toyota Prius Persona Series adds 17” wheels, leatherette upholstery, footwell illumination, side mirrors integrated with turn signals, and an additional chrome trim. Optional feature across the entire line-up include an auto-dimming rear view camera, automatic headlights, a sunroof, 7” high-definition display, adaptive cruise control, lane departure system, navigation system, lane departure warning system,, air-conditioning systems, a pre-collision alert, adaptive cruise control, 17” wheels, sport-tuned suspension, aerodynamic body kit, Safety Connect, and air-conditioning system.

2016 Toyota Prius trunk

Price & Release Date – 2016 Toyota Prius

The new Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid for 2016 is expected in dealerships early next year. Presently, the price details haven’t been announced, but we should expect a subtle rise over the previous model.

2016 Toyota Prius side view, auto show, red color, headlights and alloy wheels

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