When January comes along, Toyota will not just be releasing the 2015 Prius with some minor tweaks. They have improved the best selling hybrid car on the market by a lot.

The Prius will still have the signature odd shape that it is known for, but it will be less pronounced. They have brought the car down lower and slightly wider. This helps the car with its center of gravity as well. As a result, the 2016 Prius handles better while driving. It also has more cargo space.

The center console is now gone. Many people did not like the way it divided the car. Now that space is open and low. Upon first impression, people do not like the white plastic-looking piece that the have in the middle area. The intention was to make it look contemporary and sleek, but the affect is that it ends up looking cheap. Toyota seemed to anticipate this feeling upon releasing it and are now designing a cover that goes on top of it. A great feature of this center consold is the Qi phone charging pad. You simply put your cell phone on top of it and it starts to charge right away without cords. No I don’t know how. I assume that it’s magic.

Believe it or not, the 2016 Prius gets better gas mileage than before. It now gets 52 miles per gallon city and freeway combined. If you et the eco version of the new Prius you get even more- 56 mpg overall. The new Prius is quieter and more efficient than before. One drawback is that it has less horsepower than last year’s model. But no one buys a Prius for speed performance though do they?

The starting price for the 2016 Toyota Prius is $24,200. The highest version that includes a fancier interior and blind spot detection goes for $30,000.