Accommodates When It Can - 2012 Toyota Prius c Long-Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius c Long-Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius C: Accommodates When It Can

April 5, 2013

2012 Toyota Prius C

Our Prius C is far from luxurious. In fact, it's one of the most bare bones cars we've had in the fleet for some time. Toyota didn't cheap out, though, it simply eliminated any wastefully heavy options. It's what makes this Prius deliver the incredible mileage it does.

There are still plenty of nods to convenience throughout the car, however, so it's not a complete stripper. I was pleasantly surprised to find this flip-out cupholder in the backseat. It's not huge, so it won't hold anything bigger than your average soda, but at least it's there.

I've driven plenty of higher end cars that lack any kind of cupholder for the rear seats which always seems like an odd oversight to me. People in the back need drinks, too.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 13,487 miles


  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Simplifying and adding lightness. I can get on board with that.

  • ed124c ed124c Posts:

    That pop-out is also good for having a bottle of water when the front cup holders are occupied with hot and spillable drinks. My 9 year old Outback has this pop-out, but it holds two bottles. (Gone in the new models, but if you have long arms you can reach a bottle from the pull down armrest/cup holder.) I rarely have anyone in the back seat, so I am free, FREE!, to use the pop-outs.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Believe it or not, Toyota has some of the best cupholder designs in the industry, at least with the compact, fold-out ones on the back of the center console for the rear passengers. I can't tell you how amused my feeble mind was kept flipping them in and out on the various Matrices I've had the unfortunate pleasure of sittign in. It's possibly the most overengineered parts on the car.

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