2012 Toyota Prius C: Surprisingly Good Seats
February 25, 2013
So here's a look at the driver seat in our long-term 2012 Toyota Prius C.
As you'd expect, it has full manual adjustments, including a simple seat-height lever that moves the seat-bottom cushion forward as you crank up the height. The steering wheel tilts and telescopes, but as in the bigger Prius models, not very much. I'd bring it closer to me if I could, but I can't, so the whole driver seat has to come forward instead.
These are typical compromises in a subcompact car, but the surprise is that comfort is still quite good for a 5-foot-10-inch, 150-pound adult. Seriously, I could commute for hours in this thing without feeling kinked up, which is exactly what you'd hope for in Southern California traffic.
I also like the Prius C's backseat, but not because it's especially roomy.
Frankly, rear legroom's not that great when my spouse and I are up front. As with pretty much any other subcompact, I wouldn't recommend a Prius C for kid-carrying unless you're short, no more than 5-foot-4.
What I do like is that Toyota packaged the exhaust system so that the car has a flat floor. Obviously, this isn't revolutionary (especially since Honda kicked off the trend), as there are now plenty of budget, front-wheel-drive cars with flat floors in the backseat.
But not only does this packaging give you more functionality when you're trying to squeeze a third person (or kid, in this case) in the middle seat, it provides more space for stowing bags of produce from the farmers market. My latest routine has me stopping at the market on the way into work, and the fragile winter greens and bruise-prone Satsumas are more secure back here than they would be in the cargo bay.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 11,504 miles