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.
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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