Fun Car to Drive
January 11, 2019
I have owned the 2013 Prius C trim level 4 for about two years now, so this is a review of that trim level. Most important for me is reliability, which has been excellent so far--this year and model has an excellent reputation in that regard overall. The fuel economy is stellar I average about 45 to 50 miles per gallon in a mix of city and highway driving. Winter fuel economy is lower (I live in Minnesota), the other three seasons higher. The car is packed with features for the price--navigation system, Bluetooth phone, heated front seats, electric moonroof, projector headlamps and (controllable) daylight running lights, smart key entry and push-button start, rear wiper, climate control, satellite radio etc. etc. The user interface is quite simple to navigate. Other pluses: excellent acceleration 0-30 and good above 60, excellent road-holding, excellent braking, excellent headlamps, nice large temperature-selection dial with indents every 1 degree F, attractive and very user-friendly interior styling and layout, very comfortable front seats, fold-down rear seat and being a hatchback gives major cargo room for a little car, great infotainment system. Minuses: poor acceleration 30-60; ride is rough; poor exterior finish (loose sills, panels don't quite fit together); creaking plastic interior, interior rattles (especially moonroof), road noise, and wind noise; they've auto'd the climate control system to death (not just auto fan and temperature but makes stupid decisions for you like turning A/C on at 0 degrees F or changing the air direction on you); climate control air-direction is a button, not dial, which means multiple presses to change and taking your eyes off the road for too long; the 12V battery terminals are in a really stupid inaccessible location under the back seat in the cabin, which means when inevitably in MN you need to jump start to get to a location for battery replacement, it's going to be difficult; stupid tire-pressure lamp lights not when the pressure is low but when the temperature drops; engine seems to race when the interior heating calls for heat and the temperature outside is low (e.g. -20F). Most of these minuses are quite small annoyances when compared with the pluses--over all I love my little Prius C.