A compact variant of the Prius, the 2012 Toyota Prius c (the c stands for city) is a hybrid hatchback powered by a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine (73 hp/82 lb.-ft of torque) and a permanent magnet AC synchronous motor (60 hp/125 lb.-ft of torque). An electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT) paired with FWD enables the Prius c is achieve an EPA estimated 53 mpg city and 46 mpg highway, for a combined 50 mpg. Features include power tilt/slide moonroof, 16-in wheels, automatic climate control, Bluetooth® hands-free phone capabilities, USB with iPod® connectivity, push button start, and display audio with navigation. Safety is comprised of vehicle stability control (VSC), anti-lock brake system (ABS), Traction Control (TRAC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Smart Stop Technology (SST), and nine airbags. The Prius c is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The 2012 Toyota Prius C is an all-new hybrid model. With a different body style than the existing Prius liftback, a smaller size and an even higher EPA city rating (53 mpg) than the standard Prius, Toyota is hoping to attract more budget-minded shoppers-- the Prius C starts at only $19,710.
Excellent gas mileage; affordability; well-designed interior; maneuverability; Toyota's reputation for reliable hybrids
The 2012 Toyota Prius C provides many of the advantages of the Prius, but in a more conventional small-car package that many shoppers might prefer. It also has a lower price tag, with a simpler presentation overall and fewer tech options than the Prius liftback, although the Prius C's EPA Combined fuel economy rating of 50 mpg is just as good as that of the standard Prius. Considering its city rating of 53 mpg, the Prius C has the highest mileage of any car that doesn't plug in. Even compared to non-hybrid small-car models, the Prius C offers a roomy, versatile interior package, with a comparable level or performance and perkiness.