Toyota Prius is Now the MPG King, According to Consumer Reports

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The 2016 Toyota Prius has set a new mpg standard in Consumer Reports‘ tests.

According to the publication, the 2016 Toyota Prius goes farther on a gallon of gasoline than any vehicle Consumer Reports has ever tested. The hybrid returned 52 mpg, easily besting the previous-generation Prius’ 44-mpg mark and beating out the original Honda Insight’s 51 mpg from 2000. The two-seater Honda Insight had been the reigning champion in Consumer Reports testing, but now the new Prius has taken the crown.

To precisely measure every bit of fuel that is consumed during testing, Consumer Reports installed a fuel meter and drove the same routes for every car. On the city course, the Prius returned 43 mpg, an 11-mpg improvement over the previous model. At 65-mph highway cruising, the Prius measured 59 mpg, which is even better fuel economy than any diesel-engined car Consumer Reports has ever tested.

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It wasn’t just the fuel economy that impressed the publication. Consumer Reports noted that the 2016 Toyota Prius has sharper handling, a more cushioned ride, less grabby brakes and nicer interior materials. It even notes that the Prius “is a proper family car for five occupants” and has strong crash-test results.

But it wasn’t all pros, with complaints about the hybrid’s center-mounted instrument readout, the tiny, toy-like joystick that serves as a transmission shifter and a plastic center console that “looks like a Stormtrooper’s bedpan.”

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  • MIKE BATTLER

    CR is full of shite and who can get past the pure ugliness of this POS.

  • DClark

    It’ll be interesting to see whether the Hyundai Ioniq can beat that number. In Korea when equipped with 15″ wheels the Ioniq supposedly gets 22.4km/l (and 20.2km/l when running 17″ wheels) while the 2016 Prius is rated at 21.9km/l in Korea.

    I think even just matching the Prius while offering a ‘normal’ looking car might prove to be a winner for Hyundai.

  • shovenose

    Previous Prius models were already pretty ugly but this new one is expotentially worse, especially the back end. The first time I was behind one I almost puked (well, not literally). Toyota is more than capable of making a good looking car so why they insisted on making the new Prius look so, so bad I will never understand.

  • Bug S Bunny

    The Toyota designers and planners are probably asking out loud: “Do people really want 52mpg bad enough to be seen in this?”

  • Bug S Bunny

    The real problem is that their whole lineup seems to be moving in that direction, albeit slowly.

  • Isend2C

    How the heck did the last Prius manage 32 in a city? Did they have a gas leak?

  • Mike

    I would never trust Hyundai for a hybrid. EVER.

  • Mike

    It’s aerodynamics my friend. Not a beauty pageant.

  • DClark

    Why? They’ve been making the Sonata Hybrid for over 5 years now and have been doing very well in various quality surveys. The Ioniq will also share its powertrain with the Kia Niro.

  • DClark

    The Ioniq I mentioned above is also rated at the same 0.24 drag coefficient that the Prius gets as is the Tesla Model S, so you don’t have to go weird to go aerodynamic.

  • Danny

    mr. battler over here does not have a brain as he keeps defending his piece of junk choices

  • MIKE BATTLER

    Stalker or fag

  • Danny

    figuring it out doesnt help your stupidity

  • MIKE BATTLER

    fag stalker HA HA HA

  • Danny

    its sad that this is eating you. shows what a sad little disrespectful child you really are.