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Toyota’s Prius is often among the first to be of when one considers purchasing a car. This is not too surprising as created the hybrid segment launching the original Prius 12 ago.

Since then, grew from being a to becoming a family of models and into a sub-brand under the umbrella.

Today, Toyota three hybrid vehicles the Prius name: the subcompact c introduced in 2012; the third of the original, which Toyota has calling the Prius Liftback; and the wagon Prius v, also as a 2012 model year

A fourth Prius, we will back to in another article is the Plug-In, a variation on the Liftback can be plugged into a household outlet for the batteries to be charged.

All an evolution of Toyota’s patented Synergy Drive and rely on a mix of gas engine and electric motor to forward – or backward – motion to the

“But, which one better my need?” is a question we often

We spent time with of them to better understand strengths and whom they better serve on a daily using each version as households would.


First, let’s start the benchmark for this article, the one think of when the Prius is mentioned: the Liftback .

The third of the original was introduced in 2010 a heavily touched-up exterior, interior and updated powertrain.

all Prii, the Liftback seats Its generous size means all have decent space and its inches wheelbase helps interior space and riding

The mechanical heart of the Liftback is around a 1.8-litere, 4-cylinder 16-Valve engine designed Toyota’s Variable Valve w/intelligence (VVT-i) system as as sequential multiport electronic injection. This reliable is combined with a permanent-magnet motor and sealed nickel-metal (Ni-MH) batteries.

The motive power produced by hybrid poweertrain is sent to the wheels through an electronically continuously variable transmission

This hybrid powertrain the Prius Liftback to return an EPA consumption ratings of 51 mpg in the city, 48 mpg on the and 50 mpg combined.

This impressive consumption is also helped by the low coefficient of drag as well as the curb weight.

As is true for all models, drivers of the Liftback can the drive mode; in addition to the driving mode, the Prius system also includes an Eco mode, an EV driving mode, and a mode. In Power mode, mid-range response enables coping with slopes and terrain. In EV mode, the Prius v can run on power alone for short and lower speeds, up to about a

In Eco driving mode, the engine system prioritizes fuel managing throttle response and power consumption from the air

Trim levels start at the Two level ($24,200) and go all the way to the top of the line ($30,005 ), which can easily be a luxury car. For those there is a Prius One trim but it is basic and reserved for fleets. New for is the Prius Persona Series Edition ($27,130), close to the in price and aimed at the style-conscious

Taking place at the wheel of the reserves a few surprises to the uninitiated. the instrument panel is located in the on top of the dash, not behind the steering as is customary. Second, gone is the PRND gate of traditional transmissions; in its place is a gearshift could be considered as a joystick by seeing it for the first time.

This lever allows the to get the car moving forward, backwards, or regenerative braking (B on the shifter).

last function contributes to the battery charged as one slows or goes downhill. The Prius’ Synergy Drive system so automatically, but the driver can choose to the regenerative braking when The function can also serve as to a lower gear when engine braking is needed, going down a very hill.

Another surprise in the Prius is the lack of noise at low and the stop/start function at intersections. the gas engine will cut off when the car is and the vehicle will leave the first on electric power when the light turns The gas engine will kick-in speed, rate of acceleration or available in the batteries requires it to do so.

a practical standpoint, the interior of the offers many well-placed and cubicles and the general size for occupants compares favorably to cars of its size.

The trunk, its hatchback type of opening, can large objects and is of a decent even though the batteries do its shape, with a floor is higher than other On the plus side, the rear fold down, and do so creating a perfectly flat platform the trunk.

On the road, the Liftback is no car, but power is plentiful to up with traffic and to go on with duties without feeling driving an underpowered car.

The aspect an owner may start after the novelty wears off is the level in the car. This is a by-product of pushing to make the car as efficient as possible.

Less sound deadening has installed in order to keep the down, which allows road noises to get in the car. combines with higher noise coming from the low tires, once again to reduce fuel consumption.

noise level is far from as obtrusive as the noise level of from thirty years but make sure to pay attention to aspect of Prius ownership test driving one. It is subjective; some can’t it, others don’t mind at And it does apply to all Prius not only the Liftback.

Prius c

As the c is the subcompact model of the Prius and shares many hidden with the Yaris hatchback of size.

The Prius c replaces the 1.8 engine of the Liftback with a 1.5 liter 4-cylinder DOHC engine designed with Variable Valve Timing (VVT-i) system as well as multiport electronic fuel

Total system power from 134 horsepower in the Liftback to 99 in the c. At the same time, weight down from 3,042 to 2,500 pounds and the wheelbase almost six inches.

In short, the c’s is very similar to the one originally in the second generation of the regular

Fuel consumption is EPA rated at 53 mpg in the and 46 mpg on the highway, for a combined rating of 50

As one can quickly realize from numbers, the c makes a great car. Its length of 157.3 allows it to fit easily in most spots and both its city consumption and its size makes it a city fit.

What it looses in size on the it does not lose completely on the Yes, the inside is smaller, but will be felt marginally in the where most tall will feel just as in this c when compared to the The c offers a little less width, but a tad more headroom, for front and rear passengers.

The trunk offers 17.1 cu. ft. of useable space compared to the 21.6. The space is very with the help of the hatchback and the folding rear seats even more cargo when needed.

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While the c is 35 horsepower total, it is also by 500 pounds; the car thus does not underpowered and will be more sufficient for most situations. on the highway, the c does handle and will not feel underpowered.

But compared to the Liftback, the c is clearly at its as a city / suburbs car, occasional jaunts on the highway. It carry five adults, but having to often carry adult passengers will the Liftback.

Prius v

While the c was a evolution on the Prius theme, the v is the expanding the Hybrid Synergy technology in the tall wagon

While the v shares the same components, it does so in a larger The v is 231 pounds heavier, has a little three more inches of and is bigger in all dimensions.

Most of it has a higher roof that out further in the back, allowing for a of the size found on many

While it was designed as a seven for markets like Japan, the five seat configuration is here.

All the extra size and weight has an fuel consumption drops to a respectable 44 city, 40 highway and 42

The v’s strength is in the practical aspect of its It offers SUV interior space drastically better fuel

Practical cubicles abound and the seat has the benefit of offering travel fore and aft while the back’s angle can be adjusted. The space available is felt all the car and the difference between the v and the Liftback’s space is felt a lot more numbers would lead us to While stepping down to the c may not be too much space-wise, stepping up to the v a huge difference.

The extra and size does hamper but the only time an owner really feel it is while on the highway. In comparison to the Liftback, the v a lot more on its gas engine and will be pushing to keep the wanted while the Liftback seems to do so

We believe this explains why the is offered only as a five in North America. It is not unusual for a car in to be in low speed traffic most of the with close to no trips on the Considering Americans go faster often, the extra weight of the would hamper performance to a where North American would not be met.

Handling is in no way by the extra size or weight. The wheelbase contributes to make v even more comfortable bumps while the extra compensates well for the extra and weight when turning.

As the trunk in this v is very with 34.3 cu. ft. of available space before folding the seats. It grows to 67.3 cu. ft. the rear row is folded down. makes the v a perfect choice for families.

So, Which One?

A huge of this answer relies in you understanding your needs.

The Liftback is a great all-around car and is key to the success of the Prius nameplate. Not too big for the good on the highway and in the suburbs, it answer the needs of most of four or less.

The Prius c better city fuel as well as a size that be beneficial in tight areas San Francisco, New York or Montreal … Or any core where space is at a This c will make you if most of your driving is in the and suburbs, or as a very practical car used for commuting while a car is kept for family outings.

The v is perfect for those active who find themselves often in the car. Happier in the city and the it will still carry the on that occasional family offering plenty of space and to four or five occupants.

If of your driving is done on the then the Liftback is preferable … Or up to the Camry Hybrid, but that is for another article.

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