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2012 Toyota Prius c
2012 Toyota Prius c
Available Price Range $7,478-$14,930 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 50 SeatsN/A

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


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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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


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

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Warranties Explained


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.


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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