Cheap to Keep - 2012 Toyota Prius c Long-Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius c Long Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius C: Cheap to Keep

February 20, 2013

2012 Toyota Prius C

We recently brought in the Prius C for its 10,000-mile service, which essentially consisted of an oil change/filter and a 32-point inspection that included an eyeballing of other vital fluid levels and a check on brake wear.

Despite a constant diet of stop-and-go commuter traffic, the Prius C's brakes are holding up very well. Both the front pads and rear linings have a full 90 percent life left in them.

The bill showed a normal cost of $91.55 for this service (it calls for synthetic oil) but "No Charge" was stamped across it. Yep, it cost us zippo as the Prius C came with two years/25,000 miles worth of free maintenance.

The service experience at Santa Monica was pleasant too. We dropped the car off sans appointment at 8 am, and despite the flurry of activity we witnessed at the service department they called us less than two hours later to tell us it was done.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 10,940 miles


  • seppoboy seppoboy Posts:

    Doesn't Prius C have regenerative braking? That should significantly extend brake pad life in stop-and-go

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Yes, and that probably should have been mentioned by the poster, because it impacts the owner experience, which is what this blog is supposed to do.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    So even if they had charged you, this HYBRID! got the same service with synthetic oil plus an inspection for a full $40 less than the utterly conventional Subie sans inspection. I thought the Impreza's service costs were just attributable to the People's Republic of Santa Monica. Guess not.

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