Easy Does It - 2012 Toyota Prius C Long-Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius C Long Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius C: Easy Does It

February 12, 2013

2012 Toyota Prius C

As a car enthusiast, I appreciate vehicles that hit their intended target, whether it be as an all-out performance machine, a versatile family shuttle or an economical and environmentally friendly commuter. Upon grabbing the keys, the Prius C may not get me giddy the way the 911 would, but it hits the bulls-eye in terms of achieving its mission.

Although the Prius C's performance isn't exactly thrilling, in the real world of crowded city driving, it has enough poke to deal with L.A.'s hordes of inattentive drivers. And of course it feels good getting over 40 MPG while slogging through rush "hour" traffic. Yes, the C's dash design is ugly, but the seats are comfortable, the controls are easy to use, it has a good Bluetooth setup, it's got satellite radio, and it's a snap to park. Monday through Friday around these parts, this is the right tool for the job.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 10,940 miles

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