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2012 Toyota Prius C: review

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What is it?

The diminutive C is the hybrid Toyota to get the Prius after the original, the larger V and the plug-in model. It is also the the least expensive and the most It might even be the most fun to though in the case of anything the Prius name badge, fun is relative.

To make the Prius C. took the compact Yaris and added a battery pack the back seat and its patented Synergy Drive under the The nickel-metal-hydride battery pack 0.87 kilowatt-hour and weighs 68 The whole hybrid system is 14 lighter than the one in the regular

The powerplant combines a 1.5-liter operating in the Atkinson cycle the electric motors take of launches) with two motor-generators for a system output of 99 hp. That is routed to the front wheels a planetary gearset that pretty much like a with a CVT’s perceived

The Yaris was redesigned last and offers room for five and luggage space, thanks to 60/40-split fold-down rear The dash is loaded with a amount of infotainment and more analytics than you can throw a at. You can measure your driving in several ways on the 6.1-inch everything from your ECO on a scale of 1 to 100, up to the cost of drive based on whatever of fuel you typed in before you

It’s a statistician’s dream

What is it like to drive?

99 hp pulling around 2,496 the Prius C is not exactly sporty off the But, while Toyota 0 to 60 mph in 11.5 seconds, we did manage to get a seconds on a slight uphill of Highway 1 at sea level. Still, isn’t really in sporty either.

We drove two of the four levels of the car—the Prius C with 16-inch wheels and a C One with 15s. The car with the wheels is supposed to be tuned for chief engineer Satoshi said was a zippy feel. is relative.

It might have been a better than the C One, but the was almost negligible.

All four ride on low-rolling-resistance tires, 175/65R-15s on the One, Two and Three levels or 195/50R-16s optional on the As with everything on the planet in class, the front end sits on struts and the rear on a torsion We never got to drive the Prius C on other than a semisuburban cycle, but never did it rise to the of really fun.

The Chevrolet a nonhybrid competitor that’s the same size and shape, fun to drive.

Do I want it?

Most on the Prius C are geared toward and with EPA mileage figures to be 53 mpg city/46 mpg highway/50 mpg combined, has really succeeded in this The 53 mpg city is the best on the market a plug-in battery helping. said a plug-in hybrid was not in this configuration, but then admitted that this car with a compact spare under the rear floor you could potentially take out and stuff another battery in its As it is, you can drive up to a mile and a half in EV as long as you ease on the throttle and exceed 26 mph.

So it’s good for sneaking into the house late at should the need arise. don’t set off the alarm.

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There is still the common premium for a hybrid compared the cost of the same car with a gasoline-powered drivetrain. But with the C, the entry cost for the hybrid has been opened up to a whole new of buyers. The Prius C starts at including destination, for a pretty C One. A regular Prius at a little more than The C Four (explosive!) gets a of stuff you don’t need, as alloy wheels and fog lamps, for

We’d say the C Three is a pretty deal, with navigation, and the nice display screen for

2012 Toyota Prius C

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Drivetrain: 1.5-liter, 73-hp, Atkinson-cycle four; motor-generator 1, 56 hp; 2, 60 hp; 99 system net hp; FWD, ECVT

Weight: 2,496 lb

0-60 10.6 sec (AW)

Fuel 50 mpg (mfr est)

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