Count to 10 - 2012 Toyota Prius c Long-Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius c Long Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius C: Count to 10

January 7, 2013

2012 Toyota Prius C

I've read the manual, quickly checked some forum postings, and I'm still left wondering: what the hell is the Prius C's EV mode useful for exactly? It shuts off at 10 mph. Apparently, the regular Prius, or earlier generations of, could run up to almost 45 in EV mode (say some forum posters). But 10 mph? Even stop-n-go traffic pokes ebbs and flows at around 20 mph. I guess you could argue that EV mode is helpful when trawling the parking lot at the local big box.

The Prius C manual says that it's possible to drive 1.3 miles if driving at a speed of about 25 mph or less. I'd like to first know how I can get to 25 mph. Maybe this section of the manual has been copied and pasted across the Prius lineup. Anyway, it's quaint to have the EV mode button there. But what else does the mode that it activates do exactly?

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 10,533 miles


  • jaywong408 jaywong408 Posts:

    I think it really depends on how hard you are on the gas, or how much battery the car has remaining to support EV mode. I test drove one with 75% battery life and it went on EV mode up to 25mph until a alarm prompted me that I am going above the EV speed and the engine kicked in.

  • priusnut priusnut Posts:

    This mode is for short moves that you don't want to start the engine for. Like moving parking places when your spouse need out or pulling it into the garage. Because gas engines are less efficient when cold.

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