2012 Toyota Prius c Long Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius C: Why Is the Wheel an Oval?

March 6, 2013

2012 Toyota Prius C

Why is the Prius C wheel an oval? Is there something about hybrid and/or environmentally friendly driving that decrees a circle is inappropriate?

On a possibly related note, you may notice the bottom is nearly flat. Now, I would seriously doubt it's flat for the same reason a Volkswagen GTI's is flat. I'm guessing it's because Toyota identified that its customers are apt to put a single hand in that gap and drive at 6 o'clock. And why not, that's how all the pros do it, right?

The answer is "NO!," in case you missed the sarcasm. However, given how little the wheel telescopes (as Erin wrote earlier this week), it's somewhat hard for me to NOT drive like that if I actually want to bend my arms. Or rather, arm. I fight the urge regardless.

That still doesn't answer why the wheel is an oval.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor

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