I just put 500 miles on my Prius C Three. I traded my 2010 Toyota Matrix for it. I'm glad to report I'm getting exact EPA mileage, and then some. No regrets! This subcompact is not for racing. You want to race get something else. I have no problems merging in freeway traffic and its size and excellent steering allow me to maneuver in city traffic easily. The seats offer plenty of support and adjust in enough positions to allow me to drive comfortably. The AC cools the interior quickly and I live in South Texas where the daytime temperature is already at 90 degrees. This model is very well equipped for the price. This is an excellent little car that does everything its supposed to do well.
This review will be only for someone looking for excellent MPG! I drive 1,350 miles a week. 5,400 miles a month. (Every month - IC Courier). I've had the car for 6 months, 22 days. It has consistantly averaged 51.3 mpg. ECO Mode gives you the best results in city. Regular mode (not ECO) gives best results on freeway. My best has been 59.1 in city driving, 47.8 on freeway. I owned a 2011 Corolla before this and at best only averaged 30 mpg. I drive 50% city, 50% freeway. I am saving $311.00 per month. Compared to the Corolla. Wish I would have bought the car when it first hit the market! These are "real-life" results. Hope this helps.....
I just bought one today after doing research and driving one overnight. I have looked at and test driven many cars in the past month and this was my top pick. I am a small person-so the cabin space doesn't affect me. As for pick up-these cars get up and go better than my old PT cruiser did. I didn't notice any noise but I also blast my radio LOL Overall-this is an excellent price for the awesome mpg this car puts out-which mine has been getting about 51 mpg and that's with the air on and my driving. My bottom line-Don't believe everything you read-drive it for yourself and see.
Two 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
At six foot four, I expected to be ridiculously cramped. At 1.5 liters, I expected it to be ridiculously slow. Neither are true. I don't have an excess of room, but there's enough. It doesn't have an excess of acceleration, but it's enough. I just manage my drive carefully and am rewarded with 60+ mpg on my morning commute. I also own a BMW 740i that I bought used for 1/3 of what I paid for the Prius C. When I need to go fast, I take it out. Otherwise, I am very pleased with my little gas-sipper. Build quality is good, ride is quiet, and there is room for groceries. I'd buy it again tomorrow.
I waited 11 and a half weeks for my Prius C Model 4. It was worth the wait and now i know why Japan is not exporting and there is such a demand inside the country. The mileage is unbelievable. Forget the 46/53 as advertised. On the highway I get between high 50's MPG and low 70's MPG. If it's bumper to bumper I get 70"s MPG. In city traffic I have gottem 99.9 MPG and it may be more but the reading only goes up to 99.9 MPG.
16-Inch Alloy Wheel and Tilt-and-Slide Sunroof Package ($1,150)
Naturally aspirated, port-injected, inline-4, gasoline with auto-stop/start
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
99 @ 4,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
82 @ 4,000
Planetary gearset-regulated continuously variable transmission and column shifter
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Didn't matter whether the transmission was in D, B or Eco -- the Prius C had the same level of marginal performance. This thing is in no rush to get down the drag strip. Power braking also had zero effect. Engine is extremely thrashy, especially so at high rpm. Started the acceleration run with six battery bars and finished with six bars. Non-defeat traction control. First run was the quickest.
Short travel, firm pedal. Minimal ABS commotion. Front tires almost always locked up a bit at the initial stab of brakes. First stop was shortest at 118 feet. Pretty consistent, too: the longest stop was the third one (out of seven) at 123 feet.
"Skid pad: The non-defeat ESC system took over here. Between cutting of throttle and application of brakes, you could just keep the throttle wooded to the floor and let the computer sort it all out.