2012 Toyota Prius c Kelley Blue Book

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Taking Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) technology down to its smallest size yet, the 2012 Toyota Prius C — for City arrives on the scene as the latest and most fuel-efficient member of the automaker s ever-expanding Prius family. With a starting price below $20,000, this subcompact 5-door hatchback also is the most affordable. It should prove particularly appealing to those leaning toward conventional rivals like the Chevrolet Sonic.

Ford Fiesta. Honda Fit. Hyundai Accent. and even the Toyota Yaris .

While the Prius C is attractively priced for a hybrid, some buyers may find that a more affordable conventional alternative like the Ford Fiesta SFE, Honda Fit or Hyundai Accent may deliver a better long-term total return on their investment.

Aimed at young, value-oriented consumers, the 2012 Prius C is coupled with four trim levels named One, Two, Three and Four. An outstanding roster of standard features and a 50-mpg EPA combined rating endows the new Prius C with a grand slam of character traits that should endear it to budget-conscious buyers of all ages.

which it s based. Although low-rolling resistance tires limit cornering grip to acceptably modest levels, body roll is impressively controlled and the column-mounted electric power steering offers surprisingly positive feel and decent feedback in standard form as well as with the quicker-ratio setup that accompanies the 16-inch wheel/tire package. The same holds true of the Prius C s well-regulated regenerative disc/drum antilock brake system. Ride quality skews towards the firm side in all models and can be somewhat harsh on rough road surfaces, particularly on the C Four with the wheel/tire upgrade.

While fully capable of dealing with urban commuting and freeway cruising duties, the Prius C s 11.5 second 0-60 mph time does encourage a bit of driver discretion prior to engaging in any dramatic overtaking maneuvers.

Under the Hood

Sole powertrain for the Prius C is a new, downsized but upgraded version of Toyota s Hybrid Synergy Drive system that teams a 73-horsepower/1.5-liter Atkinson Cycle 4-cylinder gasoline engine with a new smaller, lighter hybrid transaxle that contains a 60-hp drive motor energized by a compact nickel-metal hydride battery that s located beneath the rear seat. Collectively, this gas/electric pairing makes 99 quite serviceable horsepower and works in concert with an equally new, slimmer and trimmer Power Control Unit. The Prius C offers the choice of Normal, Eco and EV modes, with the latter delivering up to one mile of zero-emissions travel at up to a 25-mph pace.

However, the more meaningful upside is the Prius C s real-world fuel economy, pegged by the EPA at an estimated 53/46 mpg city/highway.

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