Shopper Stories: 2016 Prius is probably the most gasoline-environment friendly hybrid ever

Consumer Reports: 2016 Prius is the most fuel-efficient hybrid ever

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It has been a number of years since land-cruising Cadillac Escalades dominated America’s streets. Gasoline financial system has trumped fuel-guzzling fashion because the Nice Recession, and hybrid automobiles surged in reputation. The primary mass-produced mannequin was the Toyota Prius, and this yr’s model goes farther on a gallon of fuel than any car Shopper Stories has ever examined.

By their measurements, the 2016 Prius achieves an general fifty two miles per gallon, topping the earlier era’s forty four MPG. Whereas that is solely barely higher than the fifty one MPG managed by the earlier document holder, the primary era two-seater Honda Perception, Toyota’s hybrid is a household-measurement sedan with 5 seats.

In fact, it is solely probably the most environment friendly mass-produced car amongst non-electrical automobiles: Tesla’s Roadster achieved the equal of 119 miles per gallon again in 2011. However in contrast to an electrical automotive, the Prius does not want prolonged plug-in occasions to recharge its battery, and whereas Audi’s A3 hybrid will get eighty MPG in the best circumstances, the Prius will get fifty two MPG in virtually all circumstances. We’re all wanting ahead to the sixty seven MPG equal Toyota Mirai, however till hydrogen gasoline cell automobiles hit the streets, hybrids will maintain elevating the bar for car effectivity.