The all-new Prius hybrid will get a $300 price drop for the 2016 model year, and will go on sale this spring.
Totally redesigned, the 2016 Toyota Prius is equipped with a 1.8-litre, four-cylinder engine that runs on an Atkinson cycle, two electric motor/generators and an electronically controlled, continuously variable automatic transmission. Combined output is rated at 121 horsepower, while combined city/highway fuel economy of 4.5 L/100 km – an improvement of 0.2 L/100 km over the previous-generation Prius.
In addition to being built on a new platform and riding on a new suspension, the 2016 Prius has a lower centre of gravity and, according to Toyota, is more fun to drive than ever before. The car’s body and aerodynamic underbody covers result in a drag coefficient of 0.24 – compared to the outgoing Prius’ 0.25 rating – and making it one of the slipperiest cars on the road.
Starting at an MSRP of $25,995 before freight and delivery charges, the base 2016 Toyota Prius includes a infotainment system with 6.1-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control, an intelligent key, a rearview camera and 15-inch alloy wheels. Heated front seats and the Toyota Safety Sense system – which bundles precollision warning, lane departure alert and assist, auto high beams and adaptive cruise control – can be chosen for an extra $590.
The Prius Technology, priced at $28,730, also includes a wireless charging system for handheld devices, a seven-inch touchscreen, navigation and a power sunroof. A $3,260 Advanced Package can be added, which features a tire repair kit instead of a spare tire, a blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, a power driver’s seat, SofTex upholstery, heated front seats and active park assist. The Prius Touring starts at $29,330 and standard Toyota Safety Sense, SofTex trim, fog lamps and 17-inch alloy wheels.