2012 Toyota Prius c
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- Will average between 48 to 52mpg
- Some rattles, plain interior, light colored seat centers
Purchased As New
Ordered the C III in May, picked it up in mid June. Averaged 52mpg driving to Calif with less than 1000miles on the odometer. Ordered the alloy wheels with std 15 inch tires for a better ride. Ordered the side moldings and they make the car look sleeker.
The interior is well put together, but very conservative. Front seats are very comfortable for long trips. Plenty of leg room for me, 6'2". Rear passengers should be shorter than 5'10" . I love the way the rear seats fold down in a 60/40 split. We have managed to put in two large suitcases, two medium dufflebags, two C paps, two pillows, clothes in a suit bag, cold bag with food, two computers, dog bed, dog food, and the dog. Plus more and still can see out the back window. Rear passengers will hear more road noise in the back, but road noise is average for a car this size and weight. The paint finish is excellent and love the summer rain color. The car is low to the ground so I have to watch out getting in and out of driveways when the slope is steeper than average. Car steers true and steering is a little touchy, but has good road feedback. Cruise control works excellent and is a plus to get the best economy on a long ride on open roads. There have been no problems getting up and over hills with the car fully loaded. Fuel will effect the economy. A 10% alcohol based fuel will not give the high economy. The air conditioning works very well in weather of 100F+. The air conditioner is electric.
The interior electronics take a little bit to get used to. It is easy to change the MPH to KPH when learning the various screens.
I did purchase the extended warranty to 125K miles and the extended service to 75K miles. Due to the tech in this vehicle, a repair could easily cost as much or more than the extended warranty. The cost of service can be costly if done by the book and the extended service is much cheaper to buy as a package. I did increase the tire pressure to 40 PSI as the factory set made the car feel mushy. Economy was not effected by this change.
Our use will be trips to Calif, Oregon, and east coast. In heavy Southern Calif traffic, this car shines. No shift and stop, just smooth power flow. This is our first Prius so we went with the C. We think that the looks are very sporty and we do get people looking at the C. If I were to buy another hybrid, it would be the next size up, like the Prius III, for about $3K more. Very satisfied with our purchase and look forward to saving bundles of cash over the life of the vehicle. During the winter months we will be driving our Honda CRV with AWD.
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