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Most Popular Hybrid on the Market Receives Major Upgrades

Published on March 29 2016

Put the 2016 Toyota Prius to the test. The best hybrid model on the market is ready to help you save money.

When people mention hybrids, the first model that usually comes to mind is the Toyota Prius, one of the first mass-produced and most popular hybrids on the market. 2016 marks the introduction of the fourth generation of the model, introducing the 2016 Toyota Prius like you’ve never seen it before.


A Step in a New Direction

At first glance, this new generation of the Prius has nothing to do with the previous ones. The look is bold and aggressive with what seems to be Lexus-inspired arrowhead headlamps. The floating roofline cuts in the stocky-looking silhouette, injecting more dynamism, and the slightly elongated trunk line with the spoiler gives it a standard sedan feel. Built on Toyota’s new global platform, the overall proportions of the car have been touched up and its center of gravity, lowered, improving the balance of both the look and handling of the car. 

On the inside, the dashboard has received a high-tech treatment, presenting an instrument panel spread on two levels, one at eye level with the speedometer and one at the center of the console, integrating a seven-inch touchscreen display. New to this generation is the relocation of the smaller and newly available lithium-ion battery, offered as an alternative to the nickel-metale hybride standard battery. Now nestled under the rear seats, this change in design allows the useful cargo volume in the trunk, now nearing 700L.


Not Just a Pretty Face

The high tech aspect of the new Prius is not limited to its look, it is also represented in the car’s numerous entertainment and convenience features such as voice recognition, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, driver power lumbar support, heated front seats, head up display, wireless smartphone charging, cruise control, smart key and push button start. On the active safety side of things, it offers technologies, including pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, auto high beam and radar cruise control. The Prius also switches to full electric mode, turning the combustion engine off and virtually eliminating any engine sound. For that reason, it also offers vehicle proximity notification that warns pedestrians and cyclists of its presence.

The reegineered powertrain components have given birth to a new 1.8L combustion engine combined with the Hybrid Synergy Drive system with a 1.2 kWh nickel-metale hybride battery or a 0.75 kWh lithium-ion one. Total output is rated at 121 hp and its fuel economy remains the best in the non plug-in segment with a combined average of 4.5L/100km.

Put the 2016 Toyota Prius to the test. The best hybrid model on the market is ready to help you save money. See you at Kingston Toyota today.

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