The 2016 Toyota Prius is all-new from the ground up, and since it is known for its fuel economy, TFLcar’s Andre Smirnov and Brian Waring took a Prius Two Eco model on TFL’s MPG loop to see if it can hit 53 mpg.
For the test, the Prius was filled up and driven 100 miles, where it was filled up again and the mileage was calculated.
The Two Eco model is rated at 58 mpg city and 53 mpg highway. The test was done on Interstate 25 in Colorado, where the elevation hovers around 5,000 feet above sea level, and the speed was set at the highway’s limit, 75 mph.
The as-tested price for the test vehicle was $25,535, a reasonable price for a hybrid. The big news for the new Prius is the addition of an independent rear suspension, which is meant to make it more entertaining to drive than previous generations. This test, though, has nothing to do with speed or handling; it’s all about miles per gallon, right in the Prius’ wheelhouse.
Andre and Brian wagered on whether the Prius could hit its mileage target, and the prize was very desirable. So who won the bet, and could the Prius hit 53 mpg? Check out the full video above to find out.