(4.5) 73 reviews
MSRP: $7,240$15,380
Body Style: Hatchback
Combined MPG: 50
Engine: 73-hp, 1.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 2-speed CVT w/OD
2012 Toyota Prius c

Our Take on the 2012 Toyota Prius c

Our Take

Joining the Prius lineup for 2012 is the compact Prius c. C stands for "city", and the car is a small and inexpensive hybrid that seats five and gets an EPA-estimated 53/46 mpg city/highway. The Prius c is a four-door hatchback that's available in four trim levels — One through Four. ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Strains on hills
  • Spongy brake-pedal feel

Notable Features

  • New for 2012
  • Gas/electric hybrid
  • 50-mpg combined rating
  • Seats up to five

4 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.