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

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

$126 per month*
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