2016 Toyota Prius Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Blue Crush Metallic
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$17,985 - $24,487
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test
MPG (up to)
58 City / 53 HWY
Horsepower
121
Seats
5

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.5 Overall Score
Performance 4.2Comfort 4.3Styling 4.2Value 4.4

Editor's Overview

With some two million sales since 2000, the first year the Prius appeared in U.S. showrooms, it must have been tempting for Toyota to minimize changes to the 2016 model, maximizing profitability. But Toyota ignored that temptation; the fourth generation is as all-new as all-new ever gets, comprehensively improved as an automobile, as well as a fuel-thrifty transportation device.

Toyota Prius Models & Trims

Four $21,108 - $24,487
Horsepower: 121 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 15, 15 X 6.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Four Touring $20,051 - $23,544
Horsepower: 121 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Three $19,937 - $23,154
Horsepower: 121 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 15, 15 X 6.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Two $17,985 - $20,960
Horsepower: 121 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 15, 15 X 6.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Two Eco $19,015 - $22,172
Horsepower: 121 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 15, 15 X 6.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Three Touring $19,933 - $23,302
Horsepower: 121 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.71

My Toyota Prius is a black, 4-door hatchback. It is a manual drive.

The vehicle has been reliable thus far for me. The main reason why I purchased this car is because I needed a gar with good gas mileage, as I commute to work every day. It has modern features and is pretty roomy, considering that it is a sedan. One thing I do wish it came equipped with was 4-wheel drive, since the winters in my area can be harsh. Other than that, I would certainly recommend the Toyota Prius to anyone similar to myself, who it looking for an attractive, reliable car that will not break the bank.

Amanda S
Helpful

I have gotten 65 mpg before!

I love the backup camera and collusion assistance. I use the cruise control in stop and go traffic. I hate how loud it is in the car while driving. I had to tint the windows because it is basically a greenhouse. I am not thrilled with the white middle console. The amount of space is surprising. The self park is hit or miss. I have had it try parallel parking in a space that was much too small and would have crunched another car. I guess their front bumper was too low for the car to “see” it.

Gina B
Helpful

I love the comfort of my Toyota Prius.

I love my Prius. It has amazing gas mileage. On average I get about 45-50 miles per gallon. It rides smooth and I feel safe driving it. I love having a backup camera. I really like the display features on the dash as well. It is nice having the ability to connect multiple phones to the Bluetooth to be able to play music, take calls, and have the car read out text messages. The app that connects my phone to the car is very useful as well since it can give fuel prices in the area.

Ryan J
Helpful

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Compare Models & Key Features

Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$21,108 - $24,487
$20,051 - $23,544

Horsepower

Horsepower
121 (hp)
121 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
1.8L 4
1.8L 4
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional
Not Available

Alarm

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

HeadsUp Display

HeadsUp Display
Optional
Optional
Not Available

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Standard
Standard

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
Standard
Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Automatic Parking
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
43.2 (in.)
43.2 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.4 (in.)
39.4 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
33.4 (in.)
33.4 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.4 (in.)
37.4 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Standard
Standard

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Standard
Standard

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Standard
Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Standard
Standard

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Premium Synthetic
Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Standard
Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Standard
Standard

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Standard
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Standard
Standard

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P195/65SR15
P215/45VR17

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
106.3 (in.)
106.3 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
33.5 (ft.)
35.4 (ft.)

Length

Length
178.7 (in.)
178.7 (in.)

Width

Width
69.3 (in.)
69.3 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3050 (.lbs)
3080 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
121 (hp)
121 (hp)

Torque

Torque
105 (ft. lbs.)
105 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

Gas Electric Hybrid
Standard
Standard

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Not Available
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
11.3 (gal.)
11.3 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
52 (mpg)
52 (mpg)

City

City
54 (mpg)
54 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
50 (mpg)
50 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

CTV Transmission
Standard
Standard
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Optional
Optional
Standard

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Standard
Standard

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Keeping Assist
Optional
Optional
Standard

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
Optional
Optional
Standard

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
Standard
Standard

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
Standard
Standard

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

Overall
Front
Side
Rollover

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
G
Side
G
Roof Strength
G
Driver-side Overlap Front
G
G
Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) *
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control *
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Rear Collision Warning
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag and Passenger Cushion Front Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Forward Collision Mitigation and Rear Collision Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist *
  • Lane Departure Warning *
  • Forward Collision Mitigation

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

‌Overall
Mechanical
Powertrain Quality
Body & Interior Design
‌Features
Among the best
Among the best
Among the best
Among the best

Safety Recalls (5)

Electrical System > Wiring Sep 4, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Sep 4, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V579000
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2016-2018 Toyota Prius vehicles. A portion of the engine wire harness connected to the hybrid Power Control Unit (PCU), could contact the cover at this connection and wear, causing an electrical short circuit.
Consequence:
An electrical short can increase the risk of a fire.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the engine wire harness assembly and replace it if damage is found. A protective sleeve or protective tape will be included to prevent any future damage. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began October 30, 2018. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota's number for this recall is J0T.
Hybrid Propulsion System > Inverter Oct 17, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 17, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V658000
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2016 Prius vehicles. A capacitor within the hybrid system may not have been properly bolted to the inverter housing.
Consequence:
If the capacitor was not properly secured, vibrations from driving the vehicle may damage the capacitor, shutting down the hybrid system, causing a loss of motive power and increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inverter, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by early December 2017. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's number for this recall is H0U.
Air Bags > Frontal Jan 30, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Jan 30, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V085000
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2016 Toyota Prius and Lexus RX 350, RX 350 F Sport, RX 450h F Sport and RX 450h vehicles and 2015-2016 Lexus NX 200T, NX Turbo and NX 300h vehicles. The air bag pressure sensors and/or the acceleration sensors may fail causing the side/curtain shield air bags and/or the front air bags to not deploy in the event of a crash.
Consequence:
If the air bags fail to deploy in a crash, it can increase the risk of injury.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the sensors as necessary based on their serial numbers, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 12, 2018. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's numbers for this recall are JLA, J0F.
Air Bags > Passenger Side Frontal Sep 15, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Sep 15, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V672000
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2016 Toyota Prius vehicles manufactured November 30, 2015, to June 14, 2016. An air bag inflator manufacturing error may result in the inadvertent partial inflation of the front passenger air bag.
Consequence:
A front passenger air bag that unintentionally inflates can increase the risk of a crash or injury.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag assembly, free of charge. The recall began November 10, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's number for this recall is G0W.
Parking Brake Oct 13, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 13, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V741000
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Prius vehicles manufactured August 6, 2015, to October 3, 2016. The affected vehicles are equipped with a foot-operated parking brake system that has a parking brake cable that may disengage.
Consequence:
If the parking brake cable disengages from the mechanism and the transmission is left in a gear other than 'Park' while the ignition is on and the driver leaves the vehicle, the vehicle may roll unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will install a clip at the parking brake cable end to prevent the cable from disengaging, free of charge. The recall began November 10, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota's number for this recall is G01.

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