2012 Toyota Prius c Long-Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius C: Fuel Economy Update for May

June 4, 2013

2012 Toyota Prius C

The Prius C continues to impress, delivering real-world mileage of 45.3 mpg combined. That's a real number most metropolitan commuters can relate to and plan around. More than that, the Prius C delivers convenience. You'll cover anywhere from 350-400 miles, sometimes more, before needing a gas station.

And when you do, you'll struggle to fill the tank to its 9.5-gallon rated capacity (although we once managed to jam in 9.924 gallons). In May, we covered 1,513 miles, filled up six times, and averaged 6.4 gallons per fill.

Our best tank last month got us 50.6 miles and it's the fifth time we've hit the 50-mpg mark in the 16,265 miles we've driven. This month, we also eclipsed 400 miles of range for the fifth time.

Worst Fill MPG: 29.0
Best Fill MPG: 56.2
Average Lifetime MPG: 45.3
EPA MPG Rating: 46/53/50
Best Range: 473.7 miles
Current Odometer: 16,265

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 16,265 miles


  • group17 group17 Posts:

    Where my 09 civic could go 350miles on a tank full I like that the C can do over 400 on less gallons. I don't like when the blinking empty light comes on and you only have a gallon + left in the tank. That just doesn't seem like enough safety margin. Have read on the prius forum of people running out and having to be towed to the dealer to restart.

  • they do have a gas gauge too and I'd guess probably a range till empty display. Have we really gotten so bad that if a light doesn't flash at us we don't notice anything?

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