The new Toyota Prius 2016 has once again proven itself as a benchmark conventional hybrid in the market as it sets a new record for fuel efficiency in Consumer Reports’ tests. Over the years, Consumer Reports have been credited for unbiased reviews and tests of newly released products. They run their tests by installing a fuel meter to measure each milliliter of fuel consumed along with driving on the same routes for every car that they test.
Latest on their list is 2016 Toyota Prius, which has kept with the trend of automotive upgrade cycles carried on by the industry by getting a little bigger and powerful. Moreover, the new Prius builds on the success of the previous Toyota Prius regarding fuel economy. According to Consumer Reports’ tests, it got a combined average fuel efficiency of 52 mpg (18.5 km/l), in City 43 mpg (15.15 km/l) and 59 mpg (20.8 km/l) on the highway making it the most fuel-efficient car available without a plug. Hence managing to beat the previous best set by the original Honda Insight by 1 mpg (0.35 km/l). Fuel economy of 2016 Prius easily tops the numbers Consumer Reports’ got out of its predecessor which got a 44 mpg (15.625 km/l) combined average, consequently managing to save a liter of fuel every hundred kilometers. It is a significant achievement for a conventional hybrid car considering the saturated development of regular hybrids.
So how did the new Prius manage to achieve such fuel efficiency?
Toyota achieved this feat by observing every little fuel consuming detail. First thing is the highly improved aerodynamics which further explains the extremely unconventional design of the new Prius. In addition to this, engine and transmission are more efficient. Most importantly, Prius now uses lithium polymer instead of previously used nickel hydride batteries. Batteries made from lithium polymer, ensure better performance, store energy more efficiently along with being lighter than the batteries made using nickel-hydride. Moreover, the new Prius makes use of battery power more often, especially in city driving.
To sum things up, the new Prius manages to capitalize on the reputation of the Prius brand by becoming the most fuel efficient conventional hybrid currently on the market.