Despite the unwanted attention about the 2016 Toyota Prius, the good news is this one is better. The bad news is that it didn’t change as much. It is indeed more fun to drive as and it is even quieter than its predecessor. It even has a more attractive cabin. Toyota is even predicting that this new model is 18-percent more efficient than its predecessor.
The 2016 Toyota Prius is Now Made to be a Better Drive, Albeit Only Slightly
The company does not currently confirm about the efficiency of the fuel consumption of the 2016 Toyota Prius. However, their target is 40-kilometers to the liter on the Japanese cycle, and that goes up to 326-kilometers.
Toyota will be making the new Prius available with two battery options: one with lithium-ion and the other with nickel. However, there are some areas wherein they won’t be able to get the lithium-ion option. Still, the car manufacturer claims that the only difference between the two batteries is their size as the output would still be the same. Nickel types are also cheaper to make as compared to the lithium-ion one.
The 2016 Prius does not have your run-of-the-mill nickel battery. It is not 10-percent smaller which makes charging performance to be increase by 28-percent. However, the petrol engine and the electric motor are not significantly less powerful than the previous model. Therefore, you won’t be seeing any Priuses down at the race track anytime soon. For the numbers, the petrol engine has been dropped to 72kW from 100kW, and the electric motor is now down to 73kW to 53kW.
While not entirely a bad thing, the smaller battery has made engineers within Toyota to shift the car forward. This adds another 56-liters of luggage space for the new Prius. In total, the capacity is now at 501-liters, which is more than some cars within the same mid-sized class.
For it cabin, this new Prius looks more up to par with the current market. It has “piano white” surfaces and there is a blue instrumentation which gives it a futuristic appeal. The company has moved the instrument panel to the dashboard’s center and the roof’s high point has come forward, which makes it more liberating as it gives more front head room.
Upon looking on what’s on the surface, the 2016 Toyota Prius feels a more composed and refined version of its predecessor. However, it fails to adopt to more recent standards in car-technology to make it a good competitor.