2012 Toyota Prius C

The Good The 2012 Toyota Prius C's hybrid power train easily achieves fuel economy of better than 50 mpg. The connected Entune system gives access to online search, weather, and gas prices. The car's Eco Score screen encourages economical driving.

The Bad The car's touch screen is prone to bad glare with a minimal amount of sunlight, and too many warning screens pop up when you try to use Entune.

The Bottom Line As the latest member of the Prius family, the 2012 Toyota Prius C shows off a very modern, high-tech cabin, along with excellent fuel economy, in a size city dwellers will find easy to park.

Editors' Rating
  • Cabin tech 8.0
  • Performance tech 9.0
  • Design 7.0
8.1 Overall

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Review

2012 Toyota Prius C

Apr 2012


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2012 Toyota Prius C

As a city dweller, I immediately appreciated the size of the 2012 Toyota Prius C, delivered to the CNET garage in a bright orange color called Habanero. The Prius C is a small hatchback, a little over 13 feet long, with the "C" in the name meaning City.

Through the brighter shade of orange, I could just make out the car's nicely styled body, with a swept-back design toward the rear. The front has the standard Toyota Prius nose bump, complete with blue-tinted badge, marking the car as part of the Prius lineup. The biggest fault of the design is the colossal taillights, which dominate the rear quarters.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $18,950
  • Brand Toyota
  • Trim levels One
  • Available Engine Hybrid
  • Body style Hatchback
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