Why Everybody Loves The 2016 Toyota Prius Four

When customers looking for used cars in Orange County Ca are asked to close their eyes and envision a “hybrid” car, the first thing that comes to mind is a Prius. The Toyota Prius has become so synonymous with the term hybrid that it doesn’t need any fancy introduction or a slick salesman to convince you that it is a good buy.  



Just like its predecessor, the 2016 Toyota Prius is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motor/generators. Their outputs marry into a special electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT) that provides as much as 121 horsepower to the front wheels. When the driver brakes, they are not only controlling the vehicle but also changing one of the electric motors into a generator to top up the hybrid battery. While testing the 2016 Prius at auto sales in Orange County CA, it went from 0 to 60 mph in 9.8 seconds, which is a few seconds faster than the previous model. 

The fundamental appeal of used cars in Orange County CA for many customers is without a doubt the car’s fuel economy, and the 2016 EPA figures do not disappoint either. The vehicle has an EPA combined rating of 52 mpg for the standard car. There is one hybrid we can mention that can top that, the Prius Eco! This fuel economy variant is incredibly rated at an enormous 56 mpg combined. 

If that wasn’t enough to get you to buy the 2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring, the gas engine is quieter, and it sounds less forced during hard acceleration. 


Sales representatives at the dealer of used cars in Orange County CA remind us that the 2016 Toyota Prius is a four-door hatchback that seats five passengers, and it is available in six trims levels: Two, Two Eco, Three, Three Touring, Four and Four Touring.


The standard features on the Prius Two include 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, LED running lights and taillights, heated mirrors, keyless entry (driver door only) and ignition, automatic climate control, dual 4.2-inch driver information screens, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, voice recognition with Siri Eyes Free and a six-speaker audio system with a USB port, an auxiliary audio jack, and a CD player.

The Prius Two Eco is not only more fuel-efficient but is equipped with ultralow-rolling-resistance tires, two-tone wheel covers, a lighter lithium-ion hybrid battery, a lightweight inflation kit instead of a spare tire and illuminated keyless entry on three doors. The rear wiper that comes standard on the other trims is not available on the Prius Two Eco. 

Drivers of the Prius Three model can avail themselves to a leatherette steering wheel and armrest trim, white interior accents, a wireless phone charging pad (compatible phone case not included) and the Toyota Entune premium infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, navigation, satellite radio, HD radio, real-time data (traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports, stocks) and access to apps such as Pandora, iHeartRadio, OpenTable and Yelp through a paired smartphone operating the Entune app.


Also, you will feel comfortable knowing that every 2016 Toyota Prius comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag, and a passenger seat cushion airbag. Furthermore, if you find reversing a chore, you will be glad to know that a rearview camera comes standard as well. 


The Prius Four and Four Touring benefits from standard features such as blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert. Also, the Toyota Safety Sense package consists of full-speed adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning and intervention.



However, there is more to the Prius than a unique powertrain. Some drivers might remember the previous Prius’ upright driving position, which has been replaced by a lower and more natural position that makes the vehicle feel even more comfortable. 


Tall occupants will appreciate the extra front leg and headroom as well. On the plus side, the cargo area has grown by 14 percent. So, there is a cargo capacity of 24.6 cubic feet, which is a complete 3 cubic feet more than the previous year’s model. Both the Prius Two Eco and Prius Four have lowered floors increasing their luggage capacity to roomy 27.3 cubic feet. 


The 2016 Prius has a usual layout with the center console nestled between the seats. The console contains cupholders, a shallow storage bin, and an armrest. Toyota kept the stubby shifter in the 2016 model with its separate Park button, and you can still find the speedometer and gauge array positioned high in the center of the dash. The new heads up display is handy at giving important information right in front of the driver. 


If technology has a way of letting you down and eventually annoying you, you won’t feel the same way with the 2016 Prius’ intuitive 7-inch touchscreen upgrade. It responds swiftly to commands and is easy to operate. You can use the Entune app for high-level smartphone integration, but if you don’t want to play around with that you can still have a great experience using the USB or Bluetooth connections. 



If you want a hybrid, a car that does not leave a hole in the ozone nor in your wallet, then a Prius is the solution. The 2016 Prius provides a better fuel economy, a more sophisticated ride, and handling qualities while you enjoy the peace that comes from the lack of engine noise entering into the car’s cabin. Maybe your next car should be one that everybody has on the tip of their tongue when you say “hybrid”, a Prius. 

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