2012 Toyota Prius c Long-Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius C: Prius Is Most Popular Model in California

March 22, 2013

2012 Toyota Prius C

If you're driving down any random California street, chances are you'll spot a Prius. And another Prius. And another Prius. We here in the Golden State love our hybrids, and the Prius line trumps all others in popularity.

Toyota recently released data that shows just how mainstream the Prius family of vehicles has become. The numbers reveal that Toyota's ubiquitous hybrid was the best-selling model in California for calendar year 2012. Prius models accounted for 61,893 new-vehicle registrations in 2012, more than any other model.

Now there's a caveat, and it's a big one. The data counts all the models in the Prius lineup, which includes the Prius, PriusV, Prius Plug-in and Prius C, as a single model. As such, it hardly provides an apples-to-apples comparison. Still, it's testimony to the fact that in California, the Prius is a major player.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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

$211 per month*
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