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Toyota is an old at new technology. Their gas/electric Prius was introduced to the American in 2000. Now, 12 years is a blip in the cosmic time but in the world of automotive evolution, is practically ancient history.

has been the popularity of Prius since its arrival, Toyota has 1.1 million in the U.S. to date, and 2.5 worldwide. That sales logically lead Toyota to the step: expanding the Prius We drove a pre-production version of the Prius last year and that model comes to next month.

A stretched, V went on sale last

This week, we look at the new addition to the family the Prius c.

That’s c as in City. Toyota the latest Prius as a gateway car the Prius lineup, aimed at those who dwell and drive in settings. Cars designed city use in mind have common characteristics.

Key among is a small footprint. A little car can and dice its way through narrow, streets, parking where cars wouldn’t dare

Using the existing, Prius as the benchmark, the new c is indeed smaller (19 shorter and 542 lb. lighter). The car’s form and tidy turning make it well suited to quarters.

The Prius c carries the type of hybrid hardware the Liftback does, just down in size. The battery is at 68 lb. about 2/3 the dimensions, weight and of the one used in the Liftback. Together, the 1.5 Atkinson cycle four-cylinder gas and electric motor/generator form a system with a net output of 99

In the 2,498 lb. Prius c, that’s to post a top speed of 105 mph. The time of 11.5 seconds to be, like this writer, too swift. In practical terms, the owner quickly learns to his or her spots when making demand moves like merges and passing.

Otherwise, the nature of electric motors that Prius’ acceleration is off the line, and there’s adequate on tap for all routine driving.

Prius c has switchable driving modes. In to the normal setting, the EV mode the driver to stay with power for up to 1/2 mile, at 25 mph. The ECO automatically modifies throttle and air conditioning operation to maximize fuel economy in all conditions.

So set, even the lead-footed can the benefits of better mileage.

And mileage is impressive. EPA ratings for urban runabout check in at 53 highway. The combined average of 50 is a pretty flashy number, and c ranks as the highest city rated car you can buy without a plug.

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its 9.5 gallon tank and that 50 mpg the c has a theoretical driving range of 475 In all, it’s a very prescription for warding off gas pump

The c is the smallest Prius, yet large inside to still maintain practicality. Front seats fit anyone, back seats are for average size passengers, and use by taller folks. Given the expected market (singles/ age 30-35), it’s likely one or both of the split, back would be folded forward of the time, and the space coopted for

That process greatly storage room beyond the cubic feet available the rear seats. The liftover in back is low, but the load is uneven: the seat backs about an inch higher the remainder of the cargo bay.

Up an abundance of hard plastic on and doors confirm the car’s level status, though the two-tone option improves visually. Prius has numerous storage spots, including a for your phone/iPod, right to the input jacks, and a decent center console whose lid as a sliding center arm rest.

The includes a multi-purpose screen the driver can toggle through a of different readouts. Most of the dish out data about the system gas vs. EV use, current past trip mileage, and the driver can choose to take in as or as little of the onboard information as want to. Controls are simple to and use, even with the nav system.

The audio system upgrade is considerisng; the Entune system has a crisp sound. And when rather that the world shaddap, you’ll find the cabin is noticeably quiet, to engineering efforts to squelch vibration and harshness.


Prius c is in four trim levels, a handful of additional, stand-alone Prices range from $23,990 delivered. The addition of new to the Prius clan makes it for buyers to custom fit one to their own

If your driving life a lot of city, stop and go travel. or you need a big car, or if you’re plain sick of shelling out at the gas the 50+ mpg Prius c is well worth

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