2016 Toyota Prius vs. 2016 Honda CR-Z hybrid 50 MPG Heck on Wheels nice handling Mike Johnson's Hickory Toyota Hickory NC
2016 Toyota Prius 2016 Honda CR-Z
54 city, 50 highway MPG 36 city, 39 highway
93.1 Passenger Room (cubic feet) 49.1
3,075 Curb Weight (pounds) 2,648
27.4 Peak Cargo Room (cubic feet) 25.1
39.4 / 55 Front Head / Shoulder Room (inches) 36.9 / 53.8

2016 Toyota Prius vs. 2016 Honda CR-Z

2016 Toyota Prius vs. 2016 Honda CR-Z hybrid 50 MPG Heck on Wheels nice handling Mike Johnson's Hickory Toyota Hickory NC

We're going to compare a trailblazing car that helped define a generation with an up-and-comer that is looking to find a niche in the hybrid vehicle class. The vehicles in question are the 2016 Toyota Prius and the 2016 Honda CR-Z. Both of these cars are feather-light, with smooth handling and a quiet engine that comes naturally with a hybrid gas/battery-powered engine, but only one of them gets more than 50 mpg on both the morning commute and on the highway, and that's the 2016 Toyota Prius, which will save you a lot of money. With averages of 54 mpg city and 50 mpg highway, the next time you go to a gas station in a Prius you might just forget which side the fuel tank cap is on. The 2016 CR-Z tops most sedans with 36 mpg city, 39 mpg highway, but doesn't come close to the savings you get with a Prius.

Besides the fuel savings, the 2016 Toyota Prius has substantially more room on the inside than the 2016 Honda CR-Z; the Prius has a nice amount of size for a compact hybrid, with 93.1 cubic feet, while the 2016 CR-Z is a two-door coupe with 49.1 cubic feet of room for passengers (barely 50 percent as much room as the Prius has). A Prius will easily fit a family or a group carpooling to work - the CR-Z only fits two people. You'll also have more room to stretch out in the front of a Prius, with 39.4 inches of headroom and 55 inches of shoulder room, compared to the CR-Z's 36.9 inches for headroom and 53.8 for the shoulders.

The Original, and Still the Best: Take the Prius for a Test Drive

With this extra room, the 2016 Prius also has a heavier frame at 3,075 pounds in base models, which is a couple hundred more than the 2016 CR-Z - but that's a good thing, since you'll have a more durable ride in case of an impact. Other cool features in the 2016 Prius are EnTune Audio, which comes standard, and an Integrated Navigation and App suite, standard in most model options, that gives you access to SiriusXM Radio, Siri Eyes Free to send texts without taking your eyes off the road, and voice-command navigation.

While both of these vehicles are hybrids that reduce harmful emissions, handle sharp turns well and save you a substantial amount of money at the pump, only the Prius gets a class-leading 50-plus combined miles per gallon. And only the Prius combines the versatility of up to 27.4 feet of cargo room in back with the space to fit a family or a group. Plus, it's just more fun, with all of the tech options you have on the inside.

If you're shopping for a compact hybrid, the 2016 Prius is the most well-established and still the greatest. Hickory Toyota is located at 435 Highway 70 in Hickory, NC, and we have the 2016 Prius on the lot, as well as other members of the Prius family, like the Prius v wagon or the Prius c, among other models. Come to the lot and see us to ask any questions you might have or to test drive a model you're interested in, or call us at (888) 902-9261.

2016 Toyota Prius vs. 2016 Honda CR-Z hybrid 50 MPG Heck on Wheels nice handling Mike Johnson's Hickory Toyota Hickory NC
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