2012 Toyota Prius C: Surprisingly Comfortable
December 01, 2012
Honestly, I never expected much in the way of driver seat comfort from the Toyota Prius C. I've never found the standard-size Prius that comfortable, and this junior version is a subcompact, and subcompacts often compromise on comfort. The C's steering wheel tilts and telescopes, but the range of adjustment is minimal. At the launch event last winter, I remember opening the glovebox into my shins while riding as a passenger... the footwells are not large.
Due to poor planning this week, though, I made a couple two-and-a-half-hour drives in our long-term Prius C. And strangely, the cloth seats in our Three model proved quite comfortable. There's a plush layer of cushioning on top of each seat but also enough structure underneath that to give you some support. I do put the seat all the way back on its track, but for me (a 5-foot-10 adult), it's not maxxed out and I can still use the seat-height adjuster to improve the view over the dash without causing the seat-bottom cushion to angle too far forward.
Bottom line: If you find the driver seat/seating position in the regular Toyota Prius uncomfortable, don't assume it'll be the same story in the Prius C. For me, the smaller Prius is actually better.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 10,275 miles