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2016 Toyota Prius Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Toyota Prius was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

The redesigned 2016 Toyota Prius' interior is an improvement over that of the previous model, according to critics. They say it features high-quality materials and attractive styling, for the most part, though some reviewers dislike the color combinations in the cabin, especially the white plastic accents in the upper-tier models. Test drivers appreciate the Prius' user-friendly tech features, and they note that the Prius has comfortable front seats and decent rear-seat space. The 2016 Prius has a larger cargo area than most hybrids and hatchbacks.

  • "The Mirai-like dashboard looks and feels upscale, fit and finish is better, and the materials generally speaking are a huge improvement on the old Prius." -- Motor Trend
  • "Two-tone graphics bring life to the interior's overall style statement, while soft-touch surfaces express refinement." -- Automobile Magazine
  • While the interior design is generally pleasing, some of the color schemes are jarring. In some versions, the middle section of the dash is molded in light shades of beige and gray, which we found discordant. And the panel surrounding the shifter is molded in glossy white plastic on all versions, as is the central console on higher trim levels." -- Car and Driver
  • For my money, though, Toyota has made the greatest improvements in the Prius' cabin. Simply put, it's gone from a dull, barren interior with ugly graphics to a car that, for the first time, feels like it could be from the future. It's impressive. … However, there is one thing I really don't like, and that's the glossy white plastic trim around the cupholders that's the only option on upper trim levels." -- Cars.com

Seating

The 2016 Toyota Prius seats five and comes standard with fabric upholstery. Available features include synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver's seat.

According to reviewers, the Prius' front seats are comfortable and roomy, and the cabin is well insulated from outside noise. Auto writers say there is enough back-seat space for 6-foot passengers, even though there’s less legroom than in the 2015 model.

  • "Behind the wheel, the Gen 4 Prius feels very comfortable." -- Car and Driver
  • The rear seat actually has about 2.5 inches less legroom than the old car. But the headroom has been maintained and improved for front-seat passengers. Even with less room for our 6-foot frame, that backseat didn't feel too tight." -- AutoWeek
  • "The entire cockpit area feels spacious and the rear passenger area is decently sized. I'm not a huge guy, just five-foot-nine, but I was comfortable enough sitting back there." --Autoblog
  • "Second-row accommodations are adequate for a compact car." -- AutoTrader
  • "And did we mention that this car is quiet? This Prius Four has not only an acoustically insulated windshield like the other 2016 Prius models but also insulated front windows, plus very comprehensive acoustic insulation behind the front bulkhead and beneath the floor." -- Automobile Magazine

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Toyota Prius include automatic climate control, a rearview camera, proximity key, push-button start, a USB port, voice command recognition, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free voice-controlled iPhone integration and a six-speaker sound system. The Prius also comes standard with three display screens in the dashboard. A central 6.1-inch touch screen controls the Entune infotainment system. Two 4.2-inch screens sit side-by-side above the touch screen and display fuel economy, speed and additional infotainment content. Available features in the 2016 Prius include automatic pre-collision braking, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, parallel park assist, a head-up display, a moonroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, wireless smartphone charging, HD Radio, satellite radio, a 10-speaker JBL sound system and a 7-inch touch screen with navigation and smartphone app integration. Toyota's Safety Connect emergency assistance system is also available (subscription required after a one-year trial).

Test drivers say the Toyota Prius has user-friendly dashboard controls, adding that it's easy to accomplish tasks such as adjusting the cabin temperature or connecting an iPhone. All three screens on the dashboard have sharp graphics, according to auto writers, though some critics don't like that the speedometer screen is in the center of the dashboard instead of in front of the driver.

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  • "The simple HVAC buttons deserve a special call-out, for making it easy to adjust the temperature. Toyota hasn't seen fit to add Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to the new Prius, but connecting an iPhone to the car's infotainment system was a quick enough process. The whole dashboard seems designed for maximum use and minimum fuss." -- Autoblog
  • "The graphics on the center display are improved for all models. All displays are crisp and look modern now with full-color graphics. It can seem like a small thing, but when a cheap smartphone can display pretty, crisp graphics, why can't a car?" -- Cars.com
  • The addition of color to the two upper display screens, which provide operating information such as the speedometer, enhances legibility, but some may find the location of the instrument package, which sits squarely in the middle of the upper dash, a little annoying. A driver-oriented head-up display is offered on higher trim levels." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The 2016 Toyota Prius comes standard with 24.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat. The Prius Two Eco, Four and Four Touring trims have a tire repair kit instead of a spare tire, which increases cargo space to 27.4 cubic feet. Both figures are excellent compared with the cargo capacities of most hybrid or hatchback rivals. The Prius comes standard with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat.

  • "Luggage space is impressive at 27.4 cu ft. (Prius Two Eco, Four, Four Touring), 24.6 cu ft. (Prius Two, Three, Three Touring) and expands even more with the second row folded flat." -- AutoTrader
  • "Cargo volume has grown appreciably to 24.6 cubic feet (27.3 cubic feet for models without a spare tire), an increase of 3.0 cubic feet over the old Prius." -- Edmunds
  • "Regardless of which pack powers your Prius, the battery is now mounted beneath the rear seat instead of behind it. This improves chassis weight distribution and helps lower the car's center of gravity. It also means much improved gear storage. The most spacious models offer 27.4 cubic feet of cargo capacity, up by about 6 cubic feet." -- AutoWeek

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