2012 Toyota Prius c Road Test and Review
c is for city... as in 53 mpg city!
2012 Toyota Prius c Review: What Is It
With a lofty goal of making the Prius the best-selling nameplate in its portfolio by 2020, Toyota has expanded the depth of its iconic hybrid hatchback to include a larger, family-sized Prius v, a more electric Prius Plug-In and the smaller, more compact Prius c. While the Prius (now referred to as the Prius Liftback to prevent any confusion) and Prius v are very similar in terms of appearance and mechanical bits, the 2012 Toyota Prius c is easily distinguishable and is aimed at a younger demographic who drive in dense, urban areas. Up until now, most automakers wanted us to believe that gasoline-electric hybrid powetrains only made sense on larger vehicles, so we spent a week in a 2012 Toyota Prius c for this road test and review to see if Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive system made sense in a subcompact hatchback.