Car review 2012 Toyota Prius C Chicago Tribune

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Car review: 2012 Toyota C

Since hybrids came on the car buyers have faced a hard fact: To get great they have to pay more for a than they would for a gas-powered car.

If that proposition were the 2012 Prius c’s only it would likely still be a success, but the mini-Prius is also roomy — and has a comfortable and an impressive array of standard

The hybrid for the masses has arrived, and I think Toyota won’t be to build enough of them to demand come March, the car goes on sale. It comes in trim levels, numbered One Four.

Hybrid performance Like the Prius liftback, the Prius c Toyota’s Synergy hybrid which has been refined to the where we’ve observed its 50 mpg over hundreds of real-world since the liftback’s 2009

The Prius c teams a smaller gasoline engine — 1.5 and 73 horsepower — with an motor, for a combined 99-hp The battery pack features battery cells — 120 168 — so it can fit tightly underneath the seats instead of under the area, where it is in the traditional Other fuel-saving elements also been downsized, a smaller electric power system, to aid efficiency.

Mileage are 53/46 mpg city/highway, and 50 mpg combined. The Prius gets an EPA-estimated mpg and the same combined rating.

In terms of driving performance, the c is about as exciting as you might which is not very. But compare it traditional high-mileage subcompacts the Hyundai Accent and Ford and it gives up little ground, its sub-100-hp rating. Toyota it can reach 60 mph in 11.5 seconds, but the car faster merging onto the

During a number of driving of between 20 and 50 miles apiece, the mileage my driving partner and I was 46.6 mpg, while the was 54.4 mpg. The tests done in hilly California in 60-degree weather. While downhill, you can shift the Prius c a B mode for aggressive brake to fill the hybrid battery to its level.

At the bottom of the hill, through streets, we engaged EV mode, runs the Prius c on electric only. Even in this keeping the gas engine from requires slow and steady that would aggravate behind you in traffic. Nor can you exceed 25

It took practice, but both of us able to travel a few miles in EV a busy downtown area and a few quiet streets.

On one route, the B setting and EV mode, we traveled 10 miles and returned 99.9

Then we headed back

Toyota Prius c Electric Cars

A hybrid isn’t a magical The Prius c’s tiny strained going up steep — as do many subcompacts, those mentioned above and mileage dropped significantly. said, the 46 mpg figure we hit was in the top trim the Four, which we pushed hard.

It was also equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, come in a package that includes a slightly more suspension and steering system, and we to see how fun the most fun version of the c could be.

The fact that we accelerated as as any driver would, including on the highway stretch of the day, and returned 46 mpg was as impressive as the 99.9 mpg already marveled at.

The Prius c handled better than the of the lineup without giving up is a remarkably comfortable ride. The 100.4-inch wheelbase is longer those of the Yaris and Fiesta 98 inches) which helps in of ride comfort. The Accent’s wheelbase is slightly longer.

The Prius c is slightly shorter bumper to bumper than the and Accent hatchbacks, and it’s a few longer than the four-door hatchback.

Steering was less in the other Prius c models, much more play in the wheel. While I wouldn’t any of the trims a fun car to pilot through roads, they’re more adequate for the typical commuter.

The low-rolling-resistance tires offered grip and didn’t add excessive noise. Overall, road was better than average for the class. The Prius c rides and worlds apart from the Honda Insight — a hybrid model at a similar with significantly lower efficiency.

The two have nearly identical but the Prius c is 15 inches shorter The Prius c also weighs 250 pounds less.


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