Review: 2012 Toyota Prius c | The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2012 Toyota c

In the geek world we have law#8221; which states the of transistors in ICs will double two years. In the automotive world we the bloat law. Every of a vehicle will get more heavier and physically larger its predecessor, ultimately requiring the to design an entirely new, car to fill the void left by the

Back in 2001, the original cost $19,995, weighed and delivered 52/45MPG. Three later it costs $24,000, the scales at 3,050lbs, yields and is far more practical for a family of Listing for $1,000 less the original Prius and weighing a 2,500lbs, the baby Prius 53/46MPG of hatchback hybrid

More important than the loss routine is the fact this new Prius is #8220;only#8221; more expensive than the Yaris (the cheapest economy car in their US lineup.) might sound like a big of change, but back in 2001, the was $6,591 dearer. We can thank price difference to Toyota#8217;s efforts to downsize their system#8217;s footprint and price

Speaking of that footprint, the c manages to weigh only more than the 5-door L while the original Prius was heavier than the Echo of the For once downsizing is progress.

If been inside a Prius, the will be #8220; déjà vu all again. #8221; While the look familiar,  few are actually shared as the Prii share the same style but share few major interior parts. Personally, I found the shifter and the high-resolution LCD in the dash a step-up from the Prius low-rent display and awkward

Strangely enough, the Prius c shares little with the on which it is based, aside a passion for hard plastics. should know that all Yaris models have soft touch bits on the only the top-end Prius c gets some pleather yumminess. While some may about the hardness of the  the fit and finish is above average in the (if you exclude the Germans) and the style is controversial than the Prius

Being positioned for younger and buyers, Toyota offers different audio systems all standard Bluetooth phone streaming and iPod/USB connectivity. The c #8220;one#8221; gets a basic unit with a small and four speakers while the c #8220;two#8221; uses the same but adds two tweeters up front. As you expect, browsing an iPhone/iPod 4,000+ songs on it was a royal

Stepping up to the Prius c #8220;three#8221; you Toyota#8217;s 6.1-inch unit Toyota confusingly calls Audio with Navigation and Long names aside, the navigation system is an interesting of a decent audio head and integrated flash-based navigation with smartphone data and app integration. While systems MyFord Touch, or even own higher end nav systems use Sirius or XM radio to deliver data the base Entune system this data right off smartphone using your own plan.

As a result, there#8217;s no need for an XM or subscription like in other The downside? You can#8217;t access services without a smartphone, so if you joined the 21st century and are using a Motorola StarTac, you be able Bing or OpenTable you roll.

Harkening back to the origins isn#8217;t just I wax poetic about, Toyota did as resurrecting the original 1.5L from the first generation While the engine is essentially the it now produces 73HP and 82b-ft of up 3HP due mostly to the removal of all the belt accessories including the water

Rather than lifting the old Synergy Drive from the gen Prius or borrowing the liftback#8217;s transaxle, Toyota designed an unit with smaller and considerably smaller packaging. system horsepower is rated at and around 125lb-ft of torque. to the Prius c#8217;s low curb the power reduction compared to the isn#8217;t obvious, with the c scooting to 60 in just under 11

If you have a Jaguar XFR, you end up the car all the time to listen to the engine If you have a Prius, you hypermile.

Because the whole reason for the existence is outstanding fuel On my 53-mile one-way commute, my observed fuel economy was This was achieved by limiting to 62MPH, being gentle the pedals and keeping my road in check.

While I may have myself at the beginning, a courteous keeping to just below the limit is unlikely to offend else.

Driving the Prius c a #8220;normal#8221; car (speeds up to 73MPH on the keeping up with traffic and passing) made my commute fall to a still respectable Over a full week 831 miles, my 51MPG average in just a hair above the combined 50MPG score.

51MPG may sound #8220;old the impressive thing the the Prius c this high average commuting over a 2,200ft pass daily. Your will obviously vary on your commute, your style and how much you use the A/C. are worthless without comparison, so we go.

The Prius c delivered 5-10 MPGs than the Prius on the same commute despite essentially the same EPA scores 51/48MPG, Prius c 53/46MPG).

the Prius, the c comes in numbered “One” is obviously the price at $18,950, achieved by “decontetning” like cruise control, area lights, adjustable headrests, the center armrest and cover. The $19,900 “Two” extra speakers, variable wipers, 60/40 folding seat, cruise control, armrest and an engine immobilizer-style “Three” lists for $21,635 and Toyota’s Entune Navigation with 6.1-inch touchscreen.

XM and HD radio, and “Entune App” (Pandora, Bing, etc), entry and keyless go and a telescoping wheel. The top-of-the-line “Four” 15 inch 8-spoke alloys to the “Softex” seats, heated seats, fog lamps and turn in the side mirrors for $23,230. The can also be equipped with the moonroof and an optional 16-inch wheel and sport steering for $300 (or $1150 when with the sunroof) topping the c out at $24,380 or about the same as a Prius liftback.


The c#8217;s road manners are entirely defined by weight and To put these factors in perspective, the c is 8 inches shorter than a VW and 235lbs lighter than a coupe (or the same as a soft-top Miata.) The Prius c#8217;s provides a solid ride that approaches, but thankfully #8220;bouncy#8221; #8211; unless you buy the larger wheels.

Unless you on being the only person to your hybrid, steer of the 16-inch wheels, as they the ride and significantly enlarge the turning circle from a 31.4, to a Buick-like 37.4 With low rolling resistance on hand the Prius c isn#8217;t a corner carver, but thanks to the low weight it easily holds its own the 40MPG compacts.

Unlike those other however, the Prius c continues to around 30MPG when the hybrid system hard on roads. The c#8217;s road under braking are improved the liftback, as is pedal feel. there is still a different to the braking versus a non-hybrid the system is by far the most natural of fuel sippers.

With reduction being king, isolation was a secondary concern. The c#8217;s cabin isn#8217;t as noisy as the Honda Insight or Hybrid, but it isn#8217;t as quiet as of the non-hybrid competition.

Toyota is the to create a five-door hybrid and as a result competition is somewhat The Nissan Versa, Ford SFE, Toyota Yaris, Accent, and Chevrolet Sonic are the fuel efficient hatchback for the baby Prius.  In a more shape, but similar price is the Honda Insight.

Because efficiency is the Prius#8217; game look at the cost of purchase and (at California prices of $4.20/gallon) 5 years. In this light, the Accent is barely the cheapest to own at The Yaris comes in second at just $50 less than the c two.

How about the others? The Versa be $2,840 more expensive, the $3,355 more, and the Insight the gap to $1,500 more over 5 (These numbers are based on EPA scores and a mixture of 45% city 55% highway driving, 15,000 miles a year and $4.20/gallon

The Prius c may be the smallest and cheapest of the Prius family, but it may also be the It preserves the funkiness of the center cluster while giving up quirkiness to convention. Not to mention, fuel economy is addictive.

I may not be willing to get out of my SUV for 30 or 40MPG, 50+ MPG makes the something else entirely. It makes the Yaris redundant. I honestly think of a single to get the Yaris over the Prius c, that the difference in cost be made up over the car#8217;s

  I am frequently asked what my car is, and I don#8217;t know if I have one but the Prius c, for its reasonable price and fuel economy, is certainly on the short list of cars I would buy myself.

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