Can't Complain About the Simplicity - 2012 Toyota Prius c Long-Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius c Long-Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius C: Can't Complain About the Simplicity

April 18, 2013

2012 Toyota Prius C

If there's one thing that makes the Toyota Prius C enjoyable to drive, it's the simplicity of its interior. Much of that is due to the fact that it's an inexpensive car designed to go as far as possible on a gallon of gas. There isn't room for anything extra.

That doesn't mean the Prius C shouldn't get points for a thoughtful design. I mean, the temperature dial is a little bigger than it needs to be, but everything else is about as simple and easy to use as possible.

It's yet another reminder that the latest and greatest user interfaces in some of the more expensive cars in our fleet have some work to do. None of them are so seamlessly intuitive that you can take one look and get what you want. I don't expect those systems to look anything like the bare bones setup in our Prius, I just wish they worked as easily.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 12,645 miles


  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    It isn't the beloved 3-knob setup, but aside from having to press a button multiple times to select the vent you want that's about as intuitive and easy to use as it gets. With hardly any practice you can get the settings changed to your liking while hardly taking your eyes off the road. Brilliant.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    I like it. Simple, functional, lightweight, minimalist.

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