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

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

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

$131 per month*
* Explanation