Operation Dog Transport Revisited - 2012 Toyota Prius c Long-Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius c Long Term Road Test

2012 Prius C: Operation Dog Transport Revisited

September 7, 2012

In a previous post, I explained how much wrangling it took to get a 14 cubic foot dog crate into our 2012 Volvo S60 T5...so when planning a similar trip, we wanted to get something a little bit cargo friendly. The 2012 Prius C has a hatch and fold flat rear seats, so no problem, right? 

No fault of the Prius, but on my initial look-see I failed to account for the 27 inch height of the crate. When it came to the morning of our departure it was just barely too tall to fit into the rear hatch. Not wanting to force or break anything trying, I reverted to the old system of taking the crate apart and reassembling across the two back seats.

Problem solved - and the cargo area was free to hold a couple bags and the rest of our stuff.

The complete milage for our trip was 805.9 miles. We filled the tank twice for a total of 17.24 gal, which brought our average MPG to 46.7. Most of the time I kept it at around 70, with the ECO mode engaged. Not bad for two adults , a dog, and luggage.

John Adolph, Senior Mutimedia Editor @ 6218 miles


  • lvzipdogs lvzipdogs Posts:

    It looks like you have a Griff in that car? I have one too. Glad he/she fits. Heard that this model has little pick up, did you find that to be true?

  • dougsjokes dougsjokes Posts:

    I hear how this car allows for a lot of cargo. Anyone have any idea how tall an item (like that dog crate) can be and still fit? Thanks.

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