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2012 Toyota Prius c

At a Glance

Pricing $18,950 - $23,230
Drive Types FWD
Engines 1.5l I4 HEV
Transmissions CVT
Fuel Economy 53 (city), 46 (highway)

Our Ratings

Velocity Index 41

Overview Information

Toyota has grown the successful Prius hybrid into a family of vehicles. The new Prius C extends Toyota's proven hybrid technology into a smaller, lighter and more affordable vehicle. The smaller size and weight pays dividends in fuel efficiency. Although the Prius C is slightly larger than the Yaris 5d, its EPA rating of 53 City / 46 Hwy clearly exceeds that of the Yaris (30 City / 38 Hwy). The Prius C is a traditional 5d hatchback with a tall rear roofline (the Prius has a steeply raked fastback). The rear seat folds for hauling bulky items.

What Changed:

The all-new Prius C is a more compact dedicated hybrid model sized between the Yaris and the Prius. The Prius C pairs a 1.5l four-cylinder with an electric motor to improve fuel efficiency.

Official Word:

Following the U.S. debut of the all-new 2012 Prius c at the 2012 North American International Auto Show here, Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., plans to bring this dynamically styled, five-door hatchback to market in March of 2012, and introduce Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive to the subcompact segment. The letter "c" represents "city" in the Prius c name. Designed to function as an urban-friendly vehicle with an engaging driving experience, hatchback utility, and a city...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Prius c One 1.5l I4 HEV (99-bhp) CVT FWD 53/46/50 41 $18,950
Prius c Two 1.5l I4 HEV (99-bhp) CVT FWD 53/46/50 41 $19,900
Prius c Three 1.5l I4 HEV (99-bhp) CVT FWD 53/46/50 41 $21,635
Prius c Four 1.5l I4 HEV (99-bhp) CVT FWD 53/46/50 41 $23,230