• (4.5) 77 reviews
  • MSRP: $6,709$15,325
  • 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

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

The 2012 Toyota Prius c is the perfect city car, as the "c" indicates. The gas-electric hybrid was "teensy-tinsey," as my 8-year-old daughter would say, and gets an EPA-estimated 53/46 mpg city/highway. I loved running errands, taking friends for coffee and even driving the kids around in the Prius c. Wait, I loved running small- to medium-sized errands, taking no more than three friends for ... Read full review for the 2012 Toyota Prius C

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Consumer Reviews

4.5

Average based on 77 reviews

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Never thought Id drive one

by RG from Sacramento on March 30, 2012

Im a big guy, 6'1 280. So I was buying the Prius C for the wife and daughter. I did not even sit in the car or test drive figuring I would never drive this little "thing" I'm Half way done with the pa... Read Full Review

4 Trim Levels Available

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Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Prius c Four

Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Prius c Four

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
A
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Prius c Four

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Prius c Four

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
Side Barrier
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2012 Toyota Prius c.


Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

24mo/25,000mi

Free Scheduled Maintenance

24mo/25,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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