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The 2016 Prius is Most Efficient According to Consumer Reports

June 1, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , ,

The all new Toyota Prius is now the most efficient vehicle to ever be tested for fuel efficiency at Consumer Reports. It beat out the 2000 Honda Insight hybrid vehicle, by getting a combined fuel efficiency of 52 MPG. While it seems a bit odd that it took until 2016 to best the Honda Insight, it’s important to realize that a lot of expensive extras were added to that particular vehicle to make it as efficient as it was. The Prius achieves superior fuel efficiency levels without the use of expensive extras. That’s what the true achievement here is, efficiency and practicality in one.

2016 Prius Two Eco
2016 Prius Two Eco

How the Prius Achieves this Efficiency

The 2016 Prius manages to be so efficient by relying on a 97 HP 1.8 liter gasoline engine and a 71 HP electric motor. Together the two engines produce around 121 HP. The main trick that allows the Prius to be so efficient is the same thing that allows any other hybrid to be efficient. The electric motor gets the vehicle up to speed before the gasoline engine has to do much of the work, so that it can perform in its most efficient power range.

The 2016 Prius just manages to do this job more efficiently than other vehicles do. Engine enhancements and a more aerodynamic footprint allow this car to move down the road in a highly efficient manner.

Surprisingly Efficient Highway Driver

Typically hybrid vehicles get better fuel efficiency in the city than on the highway, well not this Prius. The latest Prius manages around 59 MPG on the highway and 43 MPG in the city, giving it the 52 MPG combined efficiency rating. This is pretty darned hard to beat, and if you’re looking for the most efficient car to drive around, this is the one that you should think about getting. It’s important to note that these fuel efficiency figures were during an extended test period by Consumer Reports, but the EPA rates the vehicle at around 52 MPG combined as well, so the Prius actually performs about as well as the estimate in real life, pretty impressive for one of the most efficient cars available.

Of course the 2016 Prius comes with the latest tech features. You’ll get a media system with Bluetooth connectivity and USB and Aux-in plug for listening to most of your devices. The Prius is surprisingly spacious and seats four comfortably.

With the 2016 Toyota Prius being the most efficient hybrid currently on the market, there’s no doubt that it’s worth consideration if fuel efficiency matters to you, so take a good look at the car and consider your options.

Surprisingly You Can Tow Trailer with the 2016 Prius

May 6, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , ,

If you’re looking for a way to get a smaller trailer from one place to another, you might not need to pick up a truck or SUV after all. The compact 2016 Toyota Prius is engineered to handle the task just fine, that is as long as you don’t plan to tow more than 1,600 lbs.

2016 Toyota Prius Towing

Helping the Prius Tackle Towing

Toyota hasn’t stated why it decided to make the Prius a capable tower, but the automaker did take a moment to explain how the feat was accomplished. The 2016 Prius comes with sophisticated heat management systems that allow the electric motor and the differential to handle a bit more pressure that towing puts on it. In other words, the drive system of the Prius isn’t going to overheat and experience problems by towing up to 1,600 lbs. You can’t exceed this amount though, even if the trailer has built-in brakes, because that’s too much strain on the Prius.

Only Available in Certain Markets

This towing capability isn’t available in every market that you’ll find the 2016 Prius, but it’s more prevalent than you might expect. If you’re planning on buying a Prius, make sure that you ask about the vehicles towing capabilities and whether you can have a hitch and trailer wiring added on or not. Many dealerships should be able to help you find a Prius that is up to the task and already set up with a hitch for you. Even if you don’t get a dealership to help you out, there’s a good chance you can find a garage that can set you up with the hitch and wiring anyway.

Move that Pop Up Camper

Whether you have a compact lumber trailer, you want to move an ATV or just pull around a small pop up for your next camping trip, you can do it all with the Prius. That’s pretty exciting if you don’t like the idea of picking up another vehicle just to do some very minor towing, and it makes the highly efficient hybrid just a bit more versatile. There are plenty of smaller pop up campers that stay under this weight limit for comfortable camping with your little efficient Prius.

If you need a light-duty towing vehicle, you might be able to handle the task with a 2016 Prius. It seems absurd, but it’s pretty cool.

The 2016 Toyota Prius Just Received a Euro NCAP 5 Star Rating

April 18, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , ,

If it wasn’t impressive enough that the 2016 Toyota Prius was able to earn the Top Safety Pick + designation from the IIHS, the vehicle has also managed to impress the very stringent folks over in Europe. The vehicle from Toyota impressed Euro NCAP so much that it received a 5-star rating, the very best available to a passenger vehicle. That’s just more good news to add on to a glowing recommendation to buy the 2016 Prius.

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Highly Effective Safety Sensors

The 2016 Toyota Prius comes with the Toyota Safety Sense technology at no additional cost to buyers. This technology was successful at picking out potential crashes with pedestrians and other vehicles. It enables autonomous braking and makes the Prius safer to drive for everyone.

Excellent Bodily Protection

During all the crash tests the Prius protected the dummy’s body well. It was confronted with a frontal crash test, a frontal offset test, a side pole test and a rear crash test. In each of the crashes very sensitive dummies were used to sense any pressure and damage caused by the impacts. The results were very reassuring, and something that most any driver would be satisfied with trusting, though they weren’t perfect.

No Perfect but Pretty Close

While the Prius is highly effective at protecting against most danger, there were a few tests where dummies suffered some damage to the chest. For instance, the ribs suffered a bit of compression on the Side Pole Test, and a bit of chest damage on the Frontal Offset test. It’s important to note that these are the most extreme tests that the vehicles are put through, and the scores are still quite good.

The bottom line is that the 2016 Prius is very good at keeping the driver and all passengers safe. It’s designed to protect everyone from the front, back and the sides adequately, and it does so better than many other cars out on the road. Not only is it highly efficient, but it’s also a pretty safe ride, which is even more important to drivers with children to transport from one location to another.

The 2016 Toyota Prius Does Very Well in Safety Tests

April 12, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , ,

The 2016 Toyota Prius is safer to drive around than many people realize. It scored very highly on both IIHS and NHTSA crash testing and came up with a rating as high as any of the other safe vehicles out on the road today. That’s exciting news and worth taking notice of. The Prius is always marketed because of its exceptional efficiency, perhaps it should be marketed for its high level of safety as well. It received a 5 star rating on the tests from NHTSA and a Safety Pick + Rating from the IIHS.

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Nailing IIHS Testing

The 2016 Toyota Prius performed better on IIHS testing than many other manufacturer models have been able to. The car received the very highest rating “Good” on every single one of the tests that the facility put it through. That even includes the very difficult small overlap frontal impact test that many vehicles have trouble with. That’s reassuring for anyone purchasing the small vehicle, and it gives buyers another reason to be interested in the highly efficient sedan,

What a 5 Star Rating means?

Even though the Toyota Prius didn’t get the highest possible score on every test from the NHTSA, the car still managed the highest overall score of 5 stars when testing was completed. The tests look at crash and rollover test results, as well as the safety technology put into vehicles to come up with a final figure. It’s a rough process and only the most well put-together vehicles get the highest rating on this test. That’s why it’s so impressive that the 2016 Prius received the 5 star rating from the NHTSA. If you’re looking for a reliable vehicle that can stand up to a hard impact, the Prius would fill that need.

It’s easy to expect a small vehicle like the Prius to do poorly in crash tests. After all there is much less metal and body in a Prius than there is in a large SUV, but that’s not the case at all. You can be just as safe motoring down the road in a Prius as you can in a larger vehicle thanks to careful engineering and design processes. That’s exciting news for anyone looking for a highly efficient mode of transport, and why many people should consider a Prius. Consider getting a Prius with all of the addon preventative safety features to make travelling even safer, and add some additional features such as adaptive cruise control to the vehicle to make it more enjoyable to use out on highways and other long-distance trips.

Why the Prius Comes with Two Different Battery Options

November 25, 2015 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , , ,

The 2016 Toyota Prius is offered with either a lithium-ion battery pack or a nickel metal hydride pack but both options deliver the exact same level of fuel efficiency and that’s precisely why Toyota is making the two options available. The automaker actually decided on two different battery setups to help create uniformity of efficiency levels between most of the different trim levels.

2016 Toyota Prius Under the Hood

 

Making Way for Features

The more affordable nickel metal hydride pack is being used in the low-end Prius models where there aren’t as many features because the pack is heavier overall. Toyota wanted to be able to keep the same fuel economy figures across the Prius trim levels, and different battery options was how they were able to do it.

The more expensive, yet lighter, lithium ion battery pack saved 16kg that could be used for additional features without taking away from the vehicle’s fuel economy. It was a wise decision by Toyota to help maintain balance across its lineup and help car buyers make a decision on the trim level they want without having to consider fuel economy differences.

The Eco Package

There is still a more fuel efficient variant of the Prius known as the Prius Two Eco that will get 53 MPG compared to the 50 MPG that the other trim levels of the vehicle are gong to get. Other than that difference in fuel economy all the levels of the Prius are the same and you can expect similar performance from each of them.

 

Lithium ion (left) and NiMH/nickel metal hydride battery packs for the 2016 Prius.
Lithium ion (left) and NiMH/nickel metal hydride battery packs for the 2016 Prius.

Why the Weight Difference?

There is such a major weight difference between the two battery technologies because lithium-ion batteries are much denser than nickel metal hydride. The lithium ion pack is made of just 56 cells while the nickel pack comes with a whopping 168. There are some real-world benefits to both of the packs though. Lithium ion packs are lightweight and powerful and relatively reliable, but the nickel metal hydride packs might end up outlasting them in the long-term.

Either way each of the latest Prius trim levels are more efficient than the outgoing Prius they replaced, and that’s cause for celebration.  You’ll just have the comfort of knowing that nearly every other Prius out on the road is getting the same fuel efficiency figure that you are.

The New and Improved 2016 Prius C 

October 12, 2015 lacarguy Prius c Tags: , , , , ,

Toyota updated the Prius C, it’s most compact hybrid vehicle. It offers more, has a more attractive look and is even more efficient than before. What’s not to love?

2016 toyota prius c
Handles Like a Compact

The Prius C is a very compact vehicle, and it certainly handles like one with it’s tiny 1.5 liter four cylinder engine. The engine runs on the Atkinson cycle to boost fuel efficiency further up the scale. The car manages 53 MPG, but with just 73 HP it’s a bit sluggish compared to the more sporty compacts out on te market. That being said, where else are you going to find a vehicle that gets this kind of mileage?

Drive on Electricity – But not too far!

The 2016 Prius C allows drivers to move around relying purely on electricity, but it’s only going to be useful to back out of your garage in the middle of the night without disturbing anyone, or to drive to a store right around the block because the car has just a one mile EV range at speeds of 25 MPH or less.

Three Different Driving Modes

While operating the Prius C you get to choose from three driving modes. The first, Normal, gives you the best power available with the vehicle, and it’s not too bad to drive around. The car picks up nicely and actually feels pretty perky for less than 100 HP. The next is Eco mode which saps a lot of that perkiness away from the vehicle, but successfully makes an efficient vehicle even more efficient. Finally there is EV mode that lets you drive around without burning any gas at all. Switching between the different modes gives you more control over how the vehicle handles overall.

Nice Safety Features

The Prius C is safer to drive than ever before thanks to technological safety advancements. It comes with automatic high beams that help keep the road visible, but won’t blind oncoming traffic in the least. The vehicle also has a pre-collisions system that will slow you down to reduce an impact if the vehicle believes you are going to crash. Finally there is lane departure assistant that helps you stay in between your lanes in case you are drifting off while driving, or just aren’t watching the road.

New Improved Look

The Prius C was always a bit short and blocky in design, that’s all changes with the 2016 version. It’s now longer and sleeker in appearance, giving it more of a sedan look. That should help improve appeal for the vehicle, giving buyers who were alienated by the looks of the old versions to something to consider.

Enhanced Interior Tech

Inside the 2016 Prius C you’ll enjoy a 6.1 inch touchscreen media system. It comes with an Aux jack for MP3 devices. It comes with a USB port as well for loading your media. The system has voice recognition and built-in Bluetooth support.

No pricing information is yet out for the 2016 Prius C, but it’s one of the more exciting products that Toyota’s offering, and should at least be considered by most people looking for a commuter vehicle.

The 2016 Prius May Have All-Wheel Drive

September 22, 2015 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , ,

Toyota wasn’t saying much about the 2016 Prius during either of the two public releases that the automaker made, but a few more details came out about the vehicle thanks to a leaked staff manual. As long as the manual’s correct it looks like the Prius could receive all-wheel drive on some models, it also looks like it will have a highly efficient combustion engine, which isn’t surprising, and Toyota has already stated that a new eco-Prius will be available for even higher levels of efficiency.

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All-Wheel Drive

According to the staff manual some of the higher level Toyota Prius models will come with an all-wheel drive option. The all-wheel drive is believed to be achieved through the addition of an electric motor on the non-powered axle of the vehicle. This additional motor will likely reduce efficiency slightly, but the added control offered by the all-wheel drive should be more than worth the efficiency loss to the right people.

The Engine

The next Prius is expected to run on a 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine based on the Atkinson’s cycle. The engine is thought to be able to achieve up to 40 percent thermal efficiency in some applications and is likely instrumental in some of the efficiency improvements to the latest Prius.

The Eco Prius

By now most people believe that the 2016 Toyota Prius is going to get about 55 MPG, which is a nice 5 MPG improvement over the 2015 model, but there could be an even more efficient model that gets around 60 MPG. According to Automotive News Toyota is going to release an eco grade of the 2016 Prius that gets around 60 MPG thanks to an improved battery. The standard battery used in the Prius is a pack made from nickel-metal hydride, but the Eco version is rumored to use a Li-ion pack instead. The pack will be lighter and more effective than the standard option and that’s where the efficiency improvement comes from, along with a range of other optimizations to the vehicle.

There’s no guarantee that two different battery packs are going to be used in the two different Prius types, but if they are the Li-ion pack could also be used to boost the EV-mode driving range of the vehicle to something a bit more competitive with other models. At the moment the EV range isn’t extended enough to do much more than drive to the corner store, but that could change in the future with vehicle improvements.

The 2016 Toyota Prius looks to be an improved version of the vehicle that so many American’s have grown used to. It’s still the best-selling hybrid on the market and that’s largely because Toyota manages to stay out ahead in terms of fuel-efficiency.

The 2016 Toyota Prius FAQ: What We Know Right Now

September 11, 2015 lacarguy Green Articles, Green Auto Technology, Hybrid Vehicles, Toyota, Toyota of Hollywood, Toyota Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , ,

2016 Toyota Prius-1

The big question: When is it coming out?

No firm date was given, but it looks like early first quarter of 2016

What is going to cost?

Again, no firm numbers were given, but we’d bet that it will be very close in pricing to the current one, even though there is more content and safety items available.

How big is it?

The new Prius is 2.4 inches longer, 0.6 inches wider and 0.8 inches lower than the model it replaces, providing a planted on-road presence while delivering more occupant and cargo room.

Will it get better fuel economy?

With an expected ten percent improvement in EPA estimated MPG on core models, Prius will offer best-in-class fuel economy among vehicles without a plug.  A soon-to-be unveiled Eco model will achieve an even greater improvement, strengthening Toyota’s leadership in hybrid fuel efficiency.

What is the interior like?

The Prius’ new, premium interior adopts advanced technology complemented by features that are functional, fun and have high visual impact. The wrap-around dash design, form-hugging seats, ease of controls and improved visibility put the driver in complete control.

What has Toyota done to make the Prius safer?

The new global architecture that the 2016 Prius is built on also provides a more rigid structural framework to help enhance occupant protection in the event of a collision. The high strength upper body is designed to distribute frontal collision impact energy. Plus, the Prius will be among the first U.S. models to offer Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), a new multi-feature advanced safety package anchored by automated pre-collision braking.  TSS bundles cutting edge safety technologies including:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Automatic High Beams

What inspired the design?

From the side, it is longer and sleeker with the overall outline evoking an athletic shape.  Inspired by a runner in the starting blocks, the sporty design conveys a feeling of forward motion.

The hood is lower and the distinctive roof peak has been moved forward. Bold character lines run along the side from the front fenders – one just above the sill that sweeps up towards the rear fender, while the upper crease morphs into the rear spoiler, which has been lowered.

The use of new standard LED headlamps minimizes the Prius’ front fascia and, at the same time, provides an arresting lighting display which helps define the vehicle’s character. The unique and striking rear combination lamps express the distinctive lines of the Prius from the rear spoiler to the trailing edges of the sides.

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The 2016 Toyota Prius Looks Surprisingly like the Mirai

August 29, 2015 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , , , ,

The 2016 Toyota Prius is planned to debut in just a week from now, and it was expected that someone would leak photos before that date. Well now we have them, and what’s surprising about this new model isn’t that it’s pretty refreshing (though it is), it’s that the 2016 Prius looks a lot like the Mirai. That resemblance is really obvious out back of the Prius, but there are a few other similarities around the vehicle as well.

2016 Toyota Prius

What’s New Out Front?

The seemingly happy face of the 2015 Toyota Prius out front has been transformed into a more aggressive scowl on the 2016 version. The headlights are more swooped and angular, the grille is lower down and thinner and the fog lights go off at a more aggressive curve than before. The end result is a clearly more aggressive and sportier vehicle, and I’m really digging it.

Take a Look at the Rear

At the rear of the 2016 Prius you get a lot of styling cues taken straight from the Mirai. It’s got a very similar lighting setup with lights that curve and angle down toward the floor in close to a scythe shape. The car also has that same “floating” roof design, making use of black pillars to give the roof a floating look nearly identical to what the Mirai has going for it. The Prius has a higher tail in the back than the Mirai however, giving it that distinctly lifted look that everyone is familiar with on Prius’s now.

Bolstered Fuel Efficiency

While this post wasn’t originally meant to talk about much more than the look improvements to the 2016 Prius, it’s hard to go through a full post without at least mentioning how much more efficient this car is supposed to be. Toyota execs say that the car is supposed to be at least 10 percent more efficient than the outgoing Prius model. The old version managed 50 MPG combined, so it’s safe to say that we should expect somewhere around 55 MPG combined in the 2016 model. To achieve the efficiency improvements Toyota relied on a new engine with a higher thermal efficiency than the other model. Toyota also refined some of the electrical components around the vehicle to not only make it more affordable but more efficient.

If you’re into what Toyota did with the Mirai as far as looks is concerned, you’re sure to enjoy the 2016 Prius more than its predecessors. It certainly has a new edginess about it that it didn’t in the past, but it still has that unique styling that sets it apart from other vehicles. You won’t mistake the Prius for the Camry, or any other vehicle that Toyota has rolling around in its fleet, and that’s a good thing for the car.

The 2016 Toyota Prius May Be Getting a Major Battery Range Boost

July 29, 2015 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , ,

There’s no arguing that the Toyota Prius is the most iconic and successful hybrid vehicle in history, but it’s lost a bit of its luster in recent years. With more competition and lower fuel prices, people are buying the vehicle less than they did in the past. They are beginning to seek out other alternatives instead, now that there is some competition on the market that’s similar to the Prius. The vehicle still excels in fuel efficiency figures, but if rumor has it, the car might also excel in electric-only operation soon enough. At the moment the battery-only driving mode gets around 11 miles before it runs out of juice, that could change dramatically in future iterations of the Prius.

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A Major Range Boost

It’s not confirmed yet, but the 2016 Toyota Prius is expected to receive a major range boost. Previous models have been criticized for their short all-electric range, even though they manage to deliver such high hybrid fuel efficiency levels. Toyota is striving to change that, and offer drivers a range that they might actually be able to take advantage of for regular commuting. The current Prius electric range is somewhere around 11 miles. It’s rumored that Toyota will try to raise the level to between 30 and 35 miles on a single charge. With that range, it would be possible to commute to work in many conditions on electric power only. It would also put the car right at the top of the list for hybrid full-electric performance. There would only be a few other vehicles out that would then be topping the Prius for electric range.

Expected Enhancements

On top of the range enhancement, the Prius is expected to get a variety of other improvements as well. It is thought that Toyota will give their flagship Hybrid a sportier look than it’s ever had before while also improving the driving mechanics. This is great news for a car that’s been criticized for its looks and lack of performance in the past. Toyota will of course work hard to maintain high quality and durability while constructing the vehicles, but they will also try to enhance the areas that aren’t so strong. Altering the looks of the vehicle and making it a bit more powerful and exciting to drive can only help increase sales for the already popular vehicle.

If you like the idea of being able to drive the Prius back and forth to work without burning up any fuel in the process, keep an eye on the 2016 model. It might get the range boost you need to really start commuting on battery power only, while still allowing you to take long-distance trips when necessary. The Prius is getting enough exciting improvements to stand out again as one of the best hybrids on the market. Sure it will keep that reliable and dependable design, but it’s going to do it with a bit more edge and flare in the future.