2012 Toyota Prius C
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Never thought Id drive one

by 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...
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 paper work and the wife has to go to work early. Just great, now I have to drive a car I figured Id never sit in let alone drive. So the dealer shows me how to make the thing work and off I go. Tell ya what I'm impressed, I fit nicely, its comfortable, great driving and since my truck get 11 mpg, the 55 mpg I am getting with this car makes me like it even more. Ok, I admit, I swore id never be seen in a Prius, but tell ya what, Its hard to get me out .
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Best of the scompacts and green too...

by from Seattle, WA on March 21, 2012

I had been looking for a new car for the last year. I have owned Toyotas for my entire life. I was about to leave Toyota and buy a Hyundai or Ford. I liked the Prius, but it was a bit too big and pric...
I had been looking for a new car for the last year. I have owned Toyotas for my entire life. I was about to leave Toyota and buy a Hyundai or Ford. I liked the Prius, but it was a bit too big and pricey. I researched the "C." I was so-so about it. Then, I finally saw it in person. It was fantastic. I test drove it. It is an awesome car. Great ride, fantastic MPG, and it is really fun. Love the computer display. Toyota continues to show why it is the best. My only complaint is that there is no left foot rest; you know like an incline next to the break pedal. But, that is my only complaint. It was not enough for me to not buy this car.
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Prius C2 giving my money's worth and then some!

by from Eastern Washington on July 3, 2012

I feel bad for Disappointed Shopper, but their review was based on the Dealer charging $3k over MSRP and not on the car itself. Had they done a little internet shopping they would see that almost ever...
I feel bad for Disappointed Shopper, but their review was based on the Dealer charging $3k over MSRP and not on the car itself. Had they done a little internet shopping they would see that almost every other dealer is selling at or below MSRP (which is what Toyota requests from its dealers). If you're looking to buy a Prius C, then you're entering a different world of transportation. It's a Hybrid Synergy Drive Subcompact, not just a Subcompact. So your decision should be with the mindset that you're going to be driving a vehicle that's not the normal engine/drive train configuration. It's going to be loaded with green technology that doesn't exist in the normal vehicle, and you'll have to understand and accept that it's going to drive and sound a little differently. But "differently" is not necessarily a bad thing, nor is it really that much different. I've owned my Prius C2 for almost 3 months and 2500 miles. I could not be happier and actually enjoy the ride and the different driving nature of the Prius C. It does make subtle sounds with the electric motors, regenerating braking system, engine off when at stop. But none are annoying...just different. I drive a 10+ mile one-way commute with some 55 mph highway, some 45 mph rural road, some 35 mph City, some hill and some level. The result is a consistent 55 to 60 mpg round trip. And that's driving in a normal fashion in ECO Mode. If I "hyper-mile" when no one is behind me (which is actually kinda of a fun game/test), I can get 70 mpg easy, and on some short runs the engine never fires up. You can read all the big company reviews you want, but the fact is that for under $21k, the C2 has all the amenities 90% of car owners desire. Bluetooth, upgraded sound system, power everything, all the media connections, auto temperature control, and very nice subcompact ride and handling. It's roomier than you would think, it's solid, and even looks nice and sporty. Acceleration is more than sufficient to keep people from driving up your tailpipe. Also, bear in mind that service intervals are much fewer and farther between than a normal subcompact. The engine is devoid of any drive belts. All systems, including air conditioning and the steering, are electric operated. And because the engine runs less, it too requires less service and suffers less wear and tear. All these comparisons to regular subcompacts, talking about how long it will take to recapture the additional upfront price with the gas savings are annoying to me. You know going in that a Hybrid is going to cost more than a normal car. But I think it's also the intangibles that help drive such a purchase. Like the satisfaction that I'm going to go weeks without stopping at the pumps, and then I'm only going to put in 7 or 8 gallons of gas when I do. That, in and by itself, mentally erases the additional acquisition cost. Factor in Toyota quality and reputation for long term durability, excellent resale values and cost retention, and it?s a no brainer. It's a funner, smaller, less costly, and more enjoyable version of the regular Prius. An affordable Hybrid for the masses.
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Saving on Gas

by from SLC, UTAH on April 9, 2012

Best car I have ever bought. Although the EPA rates the Prius C at 46/53, I consistently get higher than that in both the city and on the highway while driving normally. When I push my patience and dr...
Best car I have ever bought. Although the EPA rates the Prius C at 46/53, I consistently get higher than that in both the city and on the highway while driving normally. When I push my patience and drive conservatively I can get amazing gas mileage (last night 7.8 miles driven at 89.7 mpg). Overall, a great car as gas prices rise.
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Slightly less than perfect

by from Rochester, NY on April 19, 2012

On the rebound from a blissful 12 year relationship with a 200K mile Honda Civic Hatchback, the Prius C-2 looked like my best match. The Prius is very comfortable to drive and has all of the room that...
On the rebound from a blissful 12 year relationship with a 200K mile Honda Civic Hatchback, the Prius C-2 looked like my best match. The Prius is very comfortable to drive and has all of the room that I require. Performance is easily adequate for mixed driving although, my manual Civic was easily able to pull a 4x8 utility trailer with impressive payloads. Interior noise levels are much better than my 2000 Civic but you will notice substantial wind noise emanating from the upper windshield at highway speeds. I greatly miss the rear and side visibility of the Civic compared to the Prius C although, it is acceptable with proper side mirror adjustments. With 70/30 highway/city driving I?m getting around 45 MPG, My Civic averaged maybe 8 MPG less ?That?s not terribly impressive considering that the Civic cost half as much back in 2000. I solved the lack of a left foot rest annoyance by fitting a nice piece of rubber diamond plate (Harbor Freight Tools) attached to the carpet with Velcro tape. Also annoying is the fact that the dash display is very dim during daytime driving with headlights ? (required in rainy conditions). I like the car a lot and I am likely to keep it for a very long time but it is not perfect. PS: It?s ok to point and laugh at the monster trucks and SUVs parked at the gas station as you drive by.
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Absolutely LOVE this car!

by from Macomb, IL on May 15, 2012

I've had the Prius C for two months, and I like it more each day. My last two fill-ups came out to an average of 60 and 61 mpg for around town (temps mostly in the 70s and 80s - no AC used). Before th...
I've had the Prius C for two months, and I like it more each day. My last two fill-ups came out to an average of 60 and 61 mpg for around town (temps mostly in the 70s and 80s - no AC used). Before that, when temps were in the 40s and 50s, I still got 57 mpg. This is our third Prius. My wife and I fight over who gets to drive it each day. It's very comfortable and roomy for a small car. We haven't taken it on a road trip yet, so I don't know its MPGs on the highway. 95% of our driving is done around our town of 20,000. Toyota has a real winner with the Prius C.
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Can't beat it!

by from Columbus, OH on June 13, 2013

I researched for about a month and finally ended up going with the Prius c three. I actually bought this one listed on this page. I got a great deal on it and on my first trip to work i got 58 mpg's. ...
I researched for about a month and finally ended up going with the Prius c three. I actually bought this one listed on this page. I got a great deal on it and on my first trip to work i got 58 mpg's. My Previous vehicle was a Toyota Tundra getting a whopping 16mpg. I have only had this car for 3 days but i am amazed. The look of the Prius c is much better than the plain prius. It has the bells and whistles that i wanted (Bluetooth, Navigation, Climate Control, Sunroof, Cruise, great 6 speaker stereo and Smart phone apps built into the car.) Although i do miss the power and hauling capability of my truck, with gas prices being $4+ a gallon, i don't think i could ever go back. It was a no brainer for me. The amount of money I am saving pays for the car itself. Basically, i am driving a new car and paying for it with the gas money that i would have spent on my truck. I love this car. I find myself driving like a grandma trying to get the most mpg's i can out of it. the most i have got in 3 days is 64 mpg's. Shut up! Really? Yeah buddy!
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You won't believe the gas mileage...

by from Cool Springs on October 14, 2012

I bought this car without driving it. I researched for 3 months. OMG I can't say enough. I am adveraging in the city 64.5mpg. I am 61 yrs old. Drive to work and back. I took it on a road trip and she ...
I bought this car without driving it. I researched for 3 months. OMG I can't say enough. I am adveraging in the city 64.5mpg. I am 61 yrs old. Drive to work and back. I took it on a road trip and she was smooth as ice. cornered like a sports car. I haven't listened to the radio in years...Now, with my flash drive with 300 songs I drive, listen, jam like I am 20 again. I love this car. I am small so I chose the C because the standard prius was too big. Now, downside, going up hills, not much punch but it does a great job just not as fast as I would like. BUT, then not many people get 60+ mpg either. The interior is great, navigation is great, bluetooth, and more. If I had it to do over, I would go with the Pricus C lV. and get the solar roof. Budget did not allow. I'll give it a big A+. You won't be sorry. Mine is making it's payment. I got extras from Toyota and will not have to do anything but drive for 8 years, Yes nothing but drive, Toyota does the rest...SEE for yourself go test dribe the C and the standard...
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Surprise !!

by from colorado on March 24, 2014

I bought my '13 C precisely because fuel efficiency is tops on my list. I would rather send my money to the Japanese for cutting edge mechanical sophistication than send it to the oil companies / coun...
I bought my '13 C precisely because fuel efficiency is tops on my list. I would rather send my money to the Japanese for cutting edge mechanical sophistication than send it to the oil companies / countries. A routine drive of mine is Denver to my home 80 miles west of Denver. This requires climbing 5878 feet in elevation. I bought the car fully expecting that on that climb it would exhaust the battery, and then I would be in the right lane going whatever sub-speed limit speed it could go, especially since gas motors lose 33% of their power at the altitudes of this drive. Wrong!! It maintains a rock steady 65mph all the way, and is no where near maxed out. It even maintains its battery charge. The usual MPGs on uphill leg from Denver is 42-45MPG. The fun is going down to Denver, 75-85 MPG! I like to say it gets me to Denver on one gallon. Did a road trip to Yellowstone, drove at 65 to and from, and drove all around Yellowstone. The MPG for the trip was 57. My only complaint is that the ride is harsh on bumpy roads. I have a 2000 Corolla that weighs the same, but the ride is far cushier and comfortable. Toyota knows how to do soft rides on light cars. That said, the C's handling and cornering is far sharper and responsive than the Corolla of course.
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Exceeds mpg expectations

by from Tysons, VA on July 25, 2012

This little car far exceeds my expectations on fuel savings. I drive to various client's homes all day in an urban area. Most of my miles are spent in stop-and-go traffic and are combination highway (...
This little car far exceeds my expectations on fuel savings. I drive to various client's homes all day in an urban area. Most of my miles are spent in stop-and-go traffic and are combination highway (over 50mph) and city. I drive at least 70miles per day. This car gets excellent mpg on suburban/city roads, which actually makes me want to take the back roads and side roads, making the drive less boring! I regularly get 60+mpg during my day. Yesterday I got 68mpg average driving 32miles over hilly back-roads. The first day I had it I drove like I would a "normal" car and got 50+mpg. In crazy traffic where other drivers are braking and jack-rabbit starting all over the place I get 45-48mpg average. It is slow to accelerate when merging onto the highway but not slow enough to be a deal-breaker. It takes some getting used to, but once I drove around for a few days and attentively monitored the eco indicator I was able to optimize my fuel savings and still drive without annoying other drivers (for the most part). The interior is mostly hard plastics. Some will find it a bit strange but others will find it interesting and fun. The seats are very comfortable and my back never starts to hurt like in other cars I've ridden in for a long time. I am 5'5" and I feel very comfortable in this car. My husband is 6'5" and said he feels fine in the passenger seat, although he is sure he would never be comfortable in the back seat. That area is probably best reserved for kids or shorter adults. The cargo area is limited but the seats fold down easily for extra room. Handling is superb although there is some play in the steering at high speeds. It corners extremely well and can make u-turns in very small spaces. Perfect for city parking! The stereo system lacks power but I believe that might be to reduce weight. I was able to make adjustments to the treble, bass and balance to make the sound quality better. I have read that the stereo system in the Prius C 3 & 4 is better than the 1 or 2. The entune system is user friendly and fun! I frequently have to take/make calls when driving around and my android phone automatically syncs with the hands-free phone system. I love being able to use voice commands for phone and nav! Apps are also easy to use if you have a data plan with your phone. I have noticed that there is quite a bit of noise while traveling on the highway; I recommend taking the C onto the highway during a test drive to see if it is bothersome. Everyday I am entertained by looking at my drive stats and challenging myself to get better fuel savings. There is even a video-game of sorts to help show the driver how they are driving and helps them achieve better results. Overall this car has turned a boring drive into something I actually look forward to!
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