The new Prius is longer, lower, and wider than the previous version. It relies on a new platform with an independent rear suspension that contributes to more responsive handling and a steadier ride. We got 52 mpg overall, a significant improvement over the previous generation’s 44 mpg. Colorful digital gauges dominate the dashboard and make it easier to access the infotainment features. The sensible Prius has always been about efficiency and low running costs. The car can still drive solely on electric power, up to about 25 mph usually, and the engine is now quieter when it kicks in. But the seats are rather chintzy, tire noise is noticeable, and cabin access is not as easy because of the car’s lower stance.