It Really Does Do 50 MPG - 2012 Toyota Prius c Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Toyota Prius c Long-Term Road Test

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2012 Toyota Prius C: It Really Does Do 50 MPG

April 22, 2013

2012 Toyota Prius C

Until I drove this long-termer, I hadn't driven a Toyota Prius since before 2000. It was a right-hand-drive, pre-production model, so back then the car was more a novelty than anything else. For the last few years my driving experience has mostly been with European machinery, and frankly, it's sort of made me a snob. I approached the Prius C looking down my nose at it.

My personal ride is a Volkswagen TDI that does no worse than 38 mpg in the city, which I always thought was pretty great, so I set out determined to prove that this hybrid wasn't so superior to my own car in terms of fuel economy. I mean, how much better could it possibly be?

I wasn't going for any kind of hyper-mile excursion to try and wring every last possible mile out of the gallon. I wanted to drive the Prius just like I'd drive my car: freeway driving and a lot of puttering around town. I logged 271.1 miles in the process of burning a half tank of fuel. Afterward, I topped the tank with 5.292 gallons of gas. By doing the simple math, you can see that my stint driving around town netted 51.228 mpg overall.

Simply put, the Prius whooped the TDI's butt and I stand corrected.

Karl Funke, Associate Vehicle Coordinator @ 16,040 miles

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