Toyota Prius C as Honest and Frugal as a Church Girl

Drivers and the environment may be all the better for it

By Zoe Ackah
Special Features Editor
Created: January 5, 2013 Last Updated: January 5, 2013
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Toyota Prius C (Toyota)

Toyota Prius C (Toyota)

Toyota’s Prius C is a good girl alright. She’s cute, but there’s no way she’s going all the way. She’s serious about her reputation (for incredible gas mileage), and she’s very vocal when you break the rules.

Modest in size and not flashy, for a driver looking for some depth, at her heart is Toyota’s legendary hybrid synergy drive, a genuinely captivating system. 

Star of numerous actually interesting YouTube videos, the hybrid transaxle allows Toyota hybrid cars to nearly seamlessly move between battery power, gas engine power, or a combination of both, as well as to simultaneously generate energy for storage in the battery. 

Toyota Prius C interior. (Toyota)

Toyota Prius C interior. (Toyota)

Little Miss Prius C also comes from a very prestigious family. Toyota has been producing hybrids since 2007, and has more of them on the road than any other manufacturer, already having sold 2.4 million Prii (the official plural of Prius), not counting other hybrid models.

This offspring is the most zealous of her environmentalist family so far. She absolutely will not let you burn gas or get a speeding ticket. She is as close to a teetotaler as a car with a gas tank can get. 

Her adorable 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder with Hybrid Synergy Drive provides 99 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. Designed for city driving, you will find her a lovely partner for all city-driving adventures below 60 km/hr. This is where she is at her best. 

When you are attempting to successfully merge into highway traffic feeling like you’re riding a donkey in a horse race, remind yourself of her enormous dowry— 3.5 city/4.0 hwy L/100 km.

In fact, Ms. Prius C lets you know that any unlawful speeding or rapid acceleration of any kind is a shameless waste of gas. Her display indicates your driving is not optimal. She groans and moans and is rather uncooperative even if you put the pedal to the metal. 

I found her unyielding, near-fanatical adherence to the doctrines fuel economy at the expense of acceleration frustrating until I drove her for a week and spent an astounding $9 in gas. It was then I suspected she was leading me down the path of righteousness. 

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  • cfrb

    loool .. really entertaining review!!!

  • Paul Higgs

    The following information is incorrect: “Toyota has been producing hybrids since 2007″.

    • MisterX9

      Yep! The first Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle was built in 1997 and sold only in Japan.

  • Jonathan Ryerson

    If I already knew a lot about the Prius I would have enjoyed this article more. Truth is, I was trying to get all the valid info out of the article behind the storyline…
    so when were hybrids first put out by Toyota? Sounds like a good car for city driving that’s for sure.

    • MisterX9

      That’s exactly what the “C” in Prius C stands for, City.

  • MisterX9

    I have this car and couldn’t wait to return the car after my first test drive. But I immediately realized that you’re saving a crap-load of money on gas and blasting around (like I used to) is irresponsible anyway. Yea, I got laughs when I told my friends what I drive now, but they stop laughing when I tell them that I consistently get 55-57mpg. So, now I absolutely adore this little car

  • sljenkins

    I have one of the first Toyota Prius sold in California. A 2001 model. The dealer and Toyota misrepresented the warranty on battery. The car is DEAD.

  • Raven Lee

    Wait, did you say $9 on a full tank of gas???? Is that a typo? Did you mean $39?


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