2012 Toyota Prius C: Heat Hunt
September 24, 2012
The Prius C has lots of information for you to consider. Seven different readout choices orbit the multi-information display, from Eco Savings to Past Record to Drive Information. There's also a master "Settings and Display Off" screen. Each drive-performance screen offers various slices and dices of how you're expending energy and saving money (or not) during your drives.
But with all those data sets, what you want to see might not be front and center at every moment. For example: This weekend was another hot one in Southern California. The Prius C does an admirable job of cooling itself off quickly, as we've said before. But cooling itself off from what outside temperature?
I've made the Eco Score screen my default setting because it's the one that helps me eke out the best fuel economy. But that's not where Toyota put the outside temperature display.
I went on a hunt and pretty quickly found the outside temperature display in the "Drive Information" screen. It's summary page that totes up data for the end of a trip, and to me, it's not the most natural place for a quick glance at the outside temperature. With that many data sets to display, however, it's inevitable that my ideal screen won't be somebody else's.
I'm looking forward to the day when users can choose from a wide variety of data sets to display on a screen. That's a feature that's probably in development at Toyota, which already offers some mix and match options in the Prius C.
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @7,131 miles