She Tried It! Why You Should Get Ready To Trade In Your Old Toyota Prius For The Sleek 2016 Model

September 14, 2015  |  

On September 8, I had the chance to travel to Las Vegas for the unveiling of the 2016 Toyota Prius. I always had a good idea of what the old-school Prius vehicles looked like, even if I didn’t want to drive them. They were those small, boxy cars zipping by me during road trips when I was stuck in my mom’s van back in college. For years, I had heard great things about how the Prius helps you drive efficiently and use less gas. And while that’s all good and dandy, I was never drawn to the car. Like, at all. But the 2016 Prius? Sign me up. I’m officially all about that hybrid life. Well, based off of love at first sight only.

As I stood on the rooftop of the Linq Hotel & Casino, watching the new and improved Prius be lifted into the air and back to the ground for all to see, I was taken by it. It’s still a small vehicle, yet it manages to look like a flashy sports car with its sleek new design and premium white and black interior. The dashboard has a wrap-around design, making controls easy to gain access to, and the redesigned seats hug the form of the driver and their passengers better than before. The car is longer and has been equipped with new LED headlamps, character lines, and a lower spoiler, adding to the flash of the car. And the seven colors the automobile will come in, including the “Hypersonic Red” we viewed, as well as a smooth silver and black model, definitely help it appeal to drivers.

This fourth-generation Prius is the first global vehicle to implement Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA). The aim of TNGA is to improve the performance of the car, as well as the appeal of it through an integrated development program. This new architecture will equip the Prius with a lower center of gravity and a more responsive suspension package. The car will remain better connected to the road no matter what hills or roads it is operating on without having to compromise comfort or the quality of the driver’s ride. This is a great feature as you navigate different driving conditions.

The Prius will also be one of the first Toyota cars to offer Toyota Safety Sense, which will be made available across Toyota’s entire vehicle lineup by the end of 2017. TSS is a safety package that includes automated pre-collision braking that detects pedestrians, an alert when you’ve found yourself outside your driving lane, full-speed dynamic radar cruise control, and some pretty sick automatic high beams.

Unfortunately, because the cars were so brand-spanking new, I was only able to touch them and get into them–not drive them. Therefore, I can’t tell you if the 2016 joint will blow the older models out of the water in terms of performance on the road. Stay tuned for a possible driving review in the future. Nevertheless, I can already tell the dynamic new model will impress on and off the road.

Also not released just yet are the detailed specs and pricing, but you can expect the starting price for the model to be around $25,000. It should be at your local dealership by early 2016, just in time to convince your honey to get you the fastest and flyest Valentine’s Day gift ever! Hey, a gal can dream. In the meantime, check out more images of the car from the event and let us know if you’re feeling its makeover.

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