2016 Toyota Prius front 3/4 view
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2016 Toyota Prius rear 3/4 view
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2016 Toyota Prius side view
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2016 Toyota Prius front view
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2016 Toyota Prius rear view
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2016 Toyota Prius front 3/4 view
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2016 Toyota Prius headlight
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2016 Toyota Prius wheel
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2016 Toyota Prius taillight
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2016 Toyota Prius badge
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2016 Toyota Prius badge
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2016 Toyota Prius engine
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2016 Toyota Prius engine
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2016 Toyota Prius interior
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2016 Toyota Prius front seats
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2016 Toyota Prius rear seats
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2016 Toyota Prius infotainment system
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2016 Toyota Prius fuel economy display
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2016 Toyota Prius powertrain display
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2016 Toyota Prius eco mode
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2016 Toyota Prius normal mode
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2016 Toyota Prius power mode
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2016 Toyota Prius fuel economy display
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2016 Toyota Prius gear selector
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2016 Toyota Prius rear cargo area
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It's been a few years since land-cruising Cadillac Escalades ruled America's streets. Fuel economy has trumped gas-guzzling style since the Great Recession, and hybrid cars surged in popularity. The first mass-produced model was the Toyota Prius, and this year's version goes farther on a gallon of gas than any vehicle Consumer Reports has ever tested.

By their measurements, the 2016 Prius achieves an overall 52 miles per gallon, topping the previous generation's 44 MPG. While that's only slightly better than the 51 MPG managed by the previous record holder, the first generation two-seater Honda Insight, Toyota's hybrid is a family-size sedan with five seats.

Of course, it's only the most efficient mass-produced vehicle among non-electric cars: Tesla's Roadster achieved the equivalent of 119 miles per gallon back in 2011. But unlike an electric car, the Prius doesn't need lengthy plug-in times to recharge its battery, and while Audi's A3 hybrid gets 80 MPG in the right conditions, the Prius gets 52 MPG in almost all conditions. We're all looking forward to the 67 MPG equivalent Toyota Mirai, but until hydrogen fuel cell cars hit the streets, hybrids will keep raising the bar for vehicle efficiency.

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This article by David Lumb originally ran on Engadget, the definitive guide to this connected life.

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