2016 Toyota Prius Touring Review – Will This Latest Generation Hybrid Win the Hearts of Eco Lovers?

New for 2016, the 2016 Toyota Prius Touring is a variant of Toyota’s iconic hybrid gas sipper features improved suspension for improved ride and handling which is surprisingly not the Prius’ strong suit to begin with. Toyota aims to improve the hybrid to finally turn its image over and attract more buyers that were swayed back then due to how the car was stereotyped as being a hippie’s vehicle and other labels.

2016 Toyota Prius Touring Review - Will This Latest Generation Hybrid Win the Hearts of Eco Lovers?

The 2016 Toyota Prius Touring is Definitely a Huge Overall Improvement

The exterior design for the 2016 Toyota Prius Touring carries over Toyota’s new company image and the external features angles on angles and angles on the angles of angles. Well, not it really, it’s an exaggeration but there are indeed angles everywhere. From the front, the headlights are designed in such a way it resembles Nissan’s boomerang headlights but in reverse. This is complemented with a set of triangular LED fog lights just below the headlights. The angular theme continues to the side as the gradual aerodynamic profile of the front end is cut sharply at the back with a lip serving as the iconic split window that the hybrid has been sporting since its first generation. Under the hood is an efficient 94hp 1.8liter four cylinder paired to a 71hp electric motor making for a combined 121hp when using both power plants. To maintain efficiency, the hybrid engine is mated to a CVT.

On the inside the 2016 Prius Touring, you’ll get a sense of cleanliness, along with a futuristic vibe as the interior is designed with subtlety in mind, and complemented with a roster of various displays to show everything from your speed, to your mileage, and even an intuitive eco driving aid to help train you in saving gas. The Prius not only excels in fuel economy but also in cargo and rear space. The Prius can comfortably accommodate rear passengers without any problems with legroom and headroom to spare. The rear lift-gate offers a low and flat cargo bed with a storage capacity of up to 27 cubic feet plus a total of 66 cubic feet with the rear seats down.

Driving the 2016 Toyota Prius Touring feels odd when compared to the previous generations. You’d expect a boring ride from a Prius but the new chassis improved every boring thing about the Prius even the steering while still being numb is now properly weighted and accurate. The result is a very controllable ride at speed as it gives proper feedback and turns sharply compared to the older Prius.


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