2012 Toyota Prius C: Cheap to Keep
February 20, 2013
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