The Toyota Prius is a car that needs no introduction. Not because it’s particularly fast or good looking, but because it’s been able to stand the test of time, being one of the first mass-success hybrids in the segment. It’s been around for almost 20 years—believe it or not—and now there’s a new one.
This is the 2016 Toyota Prius, and it’s definitely a departure from the one we know and the eco-conscious love. The fascia gets some dramatic lines courtesy of the Mirai design style. It’s striking, to say the least. But the bold design doesn’t stop there.
The overtly dramatic styling extends to the rear, where the taillights slope down as if they were melting off the body. The side panels show a few more curves than previous, and the interior gets subtly more sophisticated with a new set of lines with a Toyota Entune system and JBL Audio.
But why are we focusing so much on the look of this car? Well, because Toyota won’t tell us what’s under the hood.
We know it’s a hybrid, yes, but being the focal point of the vehicle, you’d think Toyota would give us a little more to work with other than descriptors like “fun to drive” and “planted on-road presence.” The lone clue we received as to any improved efficiency was an increase of 10 percent in fuel economy. That’s somewhere near 55 mpg.
Either way, the new Prius should be a big seller for Toyota. It always has, and likely will be for a long time. We should know more about the new and improved Prius in the next few weeks.