2013 Toyota Prius C
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Yes it's GREAT on gas...but there's more!!!

by from atlanta, ga on July 15, 2016

I have had my Prius C ll for 3 years. And of course my first attraction was the great gas mileage. I felt the difference in this car's mileage would pay about half of the note. This turned out to be ...
I have had my Prius C ll for 3 years. And of course my first attraction was the great gas mileage. I felt the difference in this car's mileage would pay about half of the note. This turned out to be true and I was happy with that. However the surprising BONUS of owning these cars is left out of most reviews. It's the maintenance! First tuneup is at 115,000 miles! And with proper usage the breaks can last over 100 thousand miles too before they must be changed! Of course you should have these checked by your service person, but check the book it only requires oil changes at 10000 miles and tire rotations at 5000. A purchase of a new set of tires and the above is all I have done.. I gave my car 4 stars for the stiff ride and lack of power, but hey it's a small car. I would buy another one in a minute...used if i had to.
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press reviews are wrong

by from Colorado on April 6, 2014

If you do lots of online research you are going to read about wind noise in this car. Yes, at 70+ miles an hour there is some wind noise, However once I get the air conditioning blower up past about t...
If you do lots of online research you are going to read about wind noise in this car. Yes, at 70+ miles an hour there is some wind noise, However once I get the air conditioning blower up past about the fourth speed there's far more noise coming from the ventilation system than the wind noise from the car. In fact the wind noise is quite minimal which would seem to make sense in an aerodynamic car. If you are on a quality road with a smooth surface the car is actually remarkably quiet at highway speeds. Coarse road surfaces are another story. You will also read tons of complaints about lack of power. I call bogus here too. My C climbs any upgrade here in Colorado (I-70) at the speed limits with power to spare. Yes it does work hard, like any small car with a small four-cylinder, but it is nowhere near maxed out. I had the car up to 99 miles an hour in Wyoming last summer and it still had some power to spare but I ran out of safe road (as in legally safe- knowing no one such as officers could be observing me) and had to back off. So no, it does not accelerate like a musclecar but it gets up to speed and with superior aerodynamics and all the low rolling resistance tricks, it has plenty of power to maintain whatever speed you want. My over all average MPG which includes lots of highway speeds where hybrids are not as advantageous, not to mention all the hillclimbing I do here in the Rocky Mountains, stands at 55 to the gallon. This number is figured from the old-fashioned Calculator, odometer reading, and gallons method. The display on the dash is optimistic. It claims 57. Do note if you live in an area with lots of cratered poor quality roads, the ride in the C is a bit stiff. There is also the common complaint that the CVT makes noise. I don't know what they are talking about unless it is the increasing and decreasing pitch whine at very low speeds which I believe is the noisemaker under the hood to alert pedestrians. So far I really am loving this car.
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Great little car!

by from Saxtons River, VT on November 19, 2013

We were sad to have to end our relationship with our 2005 Toyota Matrix, and daunted by the fact that Toyota isn't making the Matrix any more. This Prius c seemed like the best replacement, and is jus...
We were sad to have to end our relationship with our 2005 Toyota Matrix, and daunted by the fact that Toyota isn't making the Matrix any more. This Prius c seemed like the best replacement, and is just right for us. I give it 4 stars instead of 5 because the accelerating power is slow and the engine noise is loud. Although neither of these things really matter to my husband and me, it is different than we were used to with the Matrix and our other car, a 4-runner. But the whole point of this car for us is to be a gas saving Prius which was more affordable than the standard Prius. We are very happy with the car.
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best car and value, hands down

by from on September 24, 2013

The Prius C is the best car for the value on the market, hands down. It is stylish, technologically savvy, a gas saver hybrid, and of course has the guarantee of the Toyota brand. I bought this instea...
The Prius C is the best car for the value on the market, hands down. It is stylish, technologically savvy, a gas saver hybrid, and of course has the guarantee of the Toyota brand. I bought this instead of a Mercedes due to economical reasons-it is worth its cost and is a better investment than most cars.
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Great gas mileage

by from Charlotte NC on September 17, 2013

As an owner of three guzzlers (Expedition EL, Tundra and Land Rover) I was looking to save $$$$ and purchased a base model Prius C. $19K all in out the door and I've been pleased after 1 month of driv...
As an owner of three guzzlers (Expedition EL, Tundra and Land Rover) I was looking to save $$$$ and purchased a base model Prius C. $19K all in out the door and I've been pleased after 1 month of driving it. Although I gave up the power & torque of a V8 the gas savings more than makes up for it. I've been surprised at the interior space. I'm 6' 230lbs and I can fit 3 additional average sized adults comfortably in the vehicle with me. The interior could use a console storage but outside of the everything is great.
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Small but worth the money

by from Maryland DC Suburbs on July 17, 2013

We "downgraded" from a VW Passat wagon. It feels better to drive a bigger car. But this car handles well and the savings on gas are *unbelievable*.
We "downgraded" from a VW Passat wagon. It feels better to drive a bigger car. But this car handles well and the savings on gas are *unbelievable*.
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best car I've owned

by from North Ridgeville,Ohio on July 27, 2013

I am very happy with my car purchase. The dealer and car purchase experience was the best I have been through so far. I truly am getting the mileage advertised and better....couldn't be happier
I am very happy with my car purchase. The dealer and car purchase experience was the best I have been through so far. I truly am getting the mileage advertised and better....couldn't be happier
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Love this Car!

by from Southern California on January 12, 2015

I have had my 2013 Prius C for just under 2 years and I love it! It's easy to drive, cute, and easy to travel long distances in while getting great mileage. I regularly drive between Southern Californ...
I have had my 2013 Prius C for just under 2 years and I love it! It's easy to drive, cute, and easy to travel long distances in while getting great mileage. I regularly drive between Southern California and Washington State...which means lots of mountain driving. It handles mountains like a pro and I have no problem with acceleration. I easily enter freeways at the posted speed limit, and easily pass other cars on the freeway. During really cold weather my gas mileage drops until the car warms up, but then I get back to my regular mileage. Average is about 45 mpg total, but I do a lot of driving on hills. On short trips I can easily average 60 to 70 mpg. Other than regular maintenance, I've had no problems with this car & highly recommend it to anyone, whether you are looking for a commuter car, or a car for long distance trips. I am so happy I purchased this one!
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A great car

by from San Juan Islands, Washington State on May 29, 2014

We have had our 2013 Prius C II for one year. The seats are very comfortable and there is plenty of room in the front and decent room in the back. The cargo space is adequate for the average person's...
We have had our 2013 Prius C II for one year. The seats are very comfortable and there is plenty of room in the front and decent room in the back. The cargo space is adequate for the average person's needs. There is the usual amount of road noise for a small car -- which means that I can't hear the radio without turning it up more than I like. [The quality of the radio and speakers is quite good]. Overall visibility is very good, except for the A pillar, which does hide some people/cars, and the rear seat headrests, which are easily removed. The head lights are excellent. Displays on the dashboard allow you to monitor the performance of the car, including the effect of your driving habits, and play an important part in helping you drive efficiently. If you can drive on fairly level roads with 35 mph speed limits, it is easy to get over 70 mpg. At 53 mph we get between 55 and 59 mpg. The car can cruise easily at 70 mph, but efficiency drops to the high 40's. In cold weather, I've seen drops of up to 10 mpg. Its one weakness is that it does not have a powerful engine, it struggles to climb hills, and fuel efficiency drops significantly. I would probably go for a larger Prius in hilly terrain. For anyone who wants an extremely fuel-efficient car, has the patience to learn how to drive a hybrid, and does not have to climb a lot of hills, this is an awesome car. It is the best car I have owned in 40 years and I would not trade it for anything else presently on the road.
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love my prius c

by from north plainfield, nj on June 30, 2013

great purchase experience with morristown toyota, very little pressure, and basically got what i \wanted for my trade in, and a great price on the 13 prius c. the prius so far has been everything i ex...
great purchase experience with morristown toyota, very little pressure, and basically got what i \wanted for my trade in, and a great price on the 13 prius c. the prius so far has been everything i expected and all that was advertised,,,,very smooth ride and great gas mileage.
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