Uphill Battle - 2012 Toyota Prius C Long-Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius C Long Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius C: Uphill Battle

June 04, 2012


I'm sure it will be no surprise to you that the Toyota Prius C has a difficult time climbing steep hills. All cars have to put in extra effort for this task but the Prius C sounded like it was going to die. In fact, it sounded like it wanted to die. My eco score on the information display dropped to 4 out of 100. It usually hovers in the 30s and 40s in normal driving, even on the freeway.

There is a particular hill near my home that I take almost every weekend to get to my favorite market. Because I drive it so often, I use it as a gauge to compare cars. I found it amusing this past weekend when I saw two horses crossing the street while I sat at the traffic light. Horse crossings are common on this road. I think with their one-horsepower each, they could have beat the Prius C up the hill in a race.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 1,115 miles

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