Toyota Prius (2016 – 2022) Review

Toyota Prius (2016 – 2022) At A Glance


+Low emissions of 70g/km. Relaxed, quiet and comfortable. Spacious cabin. Lots of safety kit as standard. TNGA platform provides excellent ride, handling and steering.

-Expensive to buy new. Official fuel economy figures are unrealistic in real world driving.

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On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure

The latest incarnation of the Toyota Prius is still king of the hybrids, with impressive fuel economy, extremely relaxed driving dynamics, good build quality and a very comfortable cabin. If you want to glide around effortlessly without using too much fuel, there are few better ways to go about it.

It sits on Toyota's TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform that provides an excellent combination of ride, handling and steering, far superior to Previous Prius.

Toyota has opted to use the same hybrid system as in the previous Prius, but it has been revised and reworked. The updated engine is paired to new aerodynamic styling, providing an official economy figure of 94.1mpg and CO2 emissions of just 70g/km, despite this being a traditional hybrid rather than a plug-in.

The radical exterior looks are mirrored in the cabin, which has a futuristic layout with a large and easy-to-use touchscreen system as standard. Space is generous up front and the back row has plenty of leg room, but the aerodynamic roofline hampers headroom for taller passengers. The boot is spacious with a capacity of 343 litres.

On the road the Prius is incredibly easy and relaxing to drive, thanks to its CVT automatic transmission. At slow speeds the car runs in near silence and will often operate on electric power alone, making it very serene around town. Even at higher speeds it’s very quiet and refined, plus it has safe, predictable handling and light controls.

Standard equipment includes alloy wheels, auto lights, auto wipers, road sign assist, a reversing camera, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control – so even buyers of the basic model won’t be left wanting. Upper trim levels gain luxuries like wireless phone charging and automatic parking.

There are some new rivals to consider including the Hyundai Ioniq, which is available as a pure EV, a plug-in or a traditional hybrid, the latter of which undercuts the Prius on price. However, it’s safe to say that the Prius, despite being more expensive than its main rival, is an excellent choice for those who want to flaunt their eco-friendliness and get around in a bubble of serenity. 

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Real MPG average for a Toyota Prius (2016 – 2022)


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49–80 mpg

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Which petrol car has the best MPG?

"I am looking to purchase a 3-4 year old car. What is the best petrol vehicle that provides 55 miles to the gallon? "
There are quite a few petrol cars in this bracket, but the best of the bunch is the Toyota Prius, which in our Real MPG figures is achieving an average of 65.2mpg - well over your target of 55mpg. Strictly speaking however the Prius is a hybrid rather than purely petrol, so for a petrol-only alternative we would suggest something like the Suzuki Swift with the 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine, which is achieving an average of over 60mpg in our Real MPG figures.
Answered by David Ross

Should I buy a used Honda Insight?

"I am looking at buying a used Honda Insight for around £9,000. Just wondered if I should be worried about the battery for this hybrid. I have heard reports of warning lights appearing on the dashboard. Should I be concerned? Are there any other hybrid cars I should consider?"
Generally the Honda Insight is pretty reliable and we've not had many issues reported: That said, the Insight was pretty underwhelming when it was new and time hasn't helped. A Toyota Prius is a better all-rounder and, as it sold in bigger numbers, there'll be more to choose from on the used market. They're popular with taxi drivers, though, so look out for signs that it's been used for private hire.
Answered by Andrew Brady

Should I be paying VED road tax on my Toyota Prius?

"I purchased a 2016 model Japanese import Toyota Prius in 2021 and paid £280 road tax. This year it is £295 road tax. Is this correct as I believed this model was zero road tax?"
If this was a UK registered Toyota Prius then you would indeed qualify for free VED. However, it reads like your car is being taxed under the private light goods (PLG) tax class. This usually happens when the importer fails to provide the official CO2 emissions figure on the final build type approval certificate.
Answered by Dan Powell

Would a plug-in hybrid work for me?

"I have a Toyota Prius, which is approaching 3 years old and 53,000 miles. In normal circumstances, which I hope we can return to soon, I drive approximately 21,000 miles per annum, including a daily commute of 36 miles each way mainly on single carriageway roads. If we return to normal life, I could drive 63,000 miles in three years. The luggage space of the Prius is just sufficient for my requirements, but I'm considering changing the Prius due to the mileage. It has done well for me, I would be pleased to have another. Are there any other cars I could look at? In addition to fuel consumption, would a Plug-In Hybrid have any other benefits and would it be worth investigating?"
I don't think a plug-in hybrid will be particularly efficient for your requirements. They're best suited to short urban journeys under electric power. That said, if you can charge at home and work, it might make sense. The Volkswagen Golf GTE, for example, can officially cover 32 miles from a charge. Otherwise, a straight-forward hybrid could work. We'd recommend the Toyota Corolla. It's available as a Touring Sports estate which'll be more practical than your Prius. Don't dismiss diesels, either. They might be out of fashion, but they make a lot of sense for 21k miles a year.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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