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Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Toyota Prius

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/12/2015 Jason Udy
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On sale since the 2010 model year, the current Toyota Prius will be replaced with an all-new model for the 2016 model year. That model was revealed earlier this week in Las Vegas with new powertrain technology and edgier styling. While Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda wants bolder styling for its cars, the new Prius is definitely polarizing Here’s a look at the 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid’s new styling.

Up front, the fourth-generation Toyota Prius sports a more aggressive face with reverse arrowhead-shaped headlights that flank a domed hood with more aggressive creases. The angular shapes carry over to the LED running lights and the lower edges of the front fascia, which frames a more aggressive lower air dam.

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Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Toyota Prius

While the wedge-shape profile of the second- and third-generation Prius carries over, the 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid’s swooping roofline stops just before a new short decklid giving the hatchback more of a fastback sedan look. The fourth-gen Prius also has more aggressive body lines including a creased rocker panel that kicks up just before the rear tire as well as a definitive crease starting aft of the front door just below the belt line that meets the top of the rear deck lid meeting the taillights.

New boomerang taillights, similar to those on the new hydrogen-powered Mirai, replace the outgoing models conservatively shaped units. A new blacked-out C-Pillar gives the Prius a floating roof treatment. The see-through vertical rear hatch panel remains, while the lower rear fascia has been blacked out.

Though the center-mounted instrument panel remains, the rest of dashboard features a more symmetrical design with larger HVAC vents. The steering wheel features a sportier three-spoke design and the center stack and console have a cleaner look. New materials appear to be of higher quality.

How does the all-new 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid’s looks compare to the outgoing model? Share your thoughts below.

Last week, we looked at the refreshed 2016 Lexus LX, which received mixed reactions. Proponents of the luxury SUV include RCD who said, “Aggressive and luxurious. Refreshing.” Tommy G agreed: “I really like it! Looks super aggressive. Took the lines from the [Landcruiser] 200 and toughened it up.” And Lou_313 said, “Surprisingly, I kind of dig this new look.”

Dhectorg wasn’t a fan of the new styling, saying, “I absolutely hate Lexus front ends. That huge grill looks utterly stupid. Nothing good about it.” Thecarguy55 thought “The old LX looked honest and mature, but the new one just looks like an angry vacuum cleaner, just like the rest of the lineup. At least the interior is nice.” And finally, DeutscheBundeswehr said, “My god, what is that hideous creature?! Kill it!”

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