2012 Toyota Prius c Long-Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius C: Abysmal Low-Speed Braking

May 9, 2013

2012 Toyota Prius C

The low-speed braking tendencies of our 2012 Toyota Prius C long-term hybrid are annoying.

I found this out as I was driving slowly at the test track, dropping slalom cones out the driver's door into their respective painted squares. Just a little before I wanted to stop each time to drop the cone, the braking force would suddenly increase and cause the Prius C to jerk to a stop.

It's completely non-intuitive, difficult to modulate and hard to get used to. I noticed the same type of sudden increased braking force later in the day in stop-and-go traffic, and when pulling slowly up to a stoplight.

It's this kind of crappy driveability that can make hybrids frustrating.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 14,605 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Toyota Prius c in VA is:

$131 per month*
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