Wanderer - 2012 Toyota Prius C Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Toyota Prius C Long Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius C: Wanderer

May 31, 2012

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Behold this rare sight: Open freeway. Interstate 10, Westside Los Angeles, no less. But this unencumbered expanse also highlights one of the Prius C's less desirable traits. It's a wanderer. The Bridgestone 175 all-seasons skate distractedly on our grooved highways, and the numb electric steering isn't a particularly helpful partner. The only feedback you get is from keeping your eyes glued to the road ahead.

But the Prius C is still likeable. Not sure why. Maybe it's just a cute Prius. Or rather, a Prius with agreeable lines and dimensions. I don't have a problem with our sea foam color. Then again, I also like dolphins and blue frozen cocktails.

Maybe it's a little wayward, but the Prius C doesn't feel like Toyota completely phoned it in. It also told me I'd averaged 47.5 mpg over the course of a couple hundred miles.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor


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