2012 Toyota Prius c Four Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2012 Toyota Prius c - Road Test Specs

2012 Toyota Prius c Hatchback

(1.5L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic)


Year Make Model2012 Toyota Prius C 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4-cyl gas-electric hybrid CVT)
Vehicle TypeFWD 4dr 5-passenger hatchback
Base MSRP$23,990 (Prius C Four)
Options on test vehicle16-Inch Alloy Wheel and Tilt-and-Slide Sunroof Package ($1,150)
As-tested MSRP$25,140


ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine supplemented by two electric motors, front-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port injected, Atkinson cycle, inline-4, gasoline with auto-stop/start
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,497/91
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)13.4
Redline, indicated (rpm)Not indicated
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)73 @ 4,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)82 @ 4,000
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Hybrid typeSeries-parallel
Electric motor rating (kW)45
Combined horsepower (hp @ rpm)99 @ 4,800
System voltage520
Battery typeNiMH (nckel-metal hydride)
Battery voltage144
Battery capacity, rated (kW-hr)0.94
Transmission typePlanetary gearset-regulated continuously variable transmission with console shifter and eco mode
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.19


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSemi-independent twist beam-axle, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, integrated stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)13.2 (14.4 with standard 15-inch tires)
Tire make and modelBridgestone Turanza EL400 D2
Tire typeAll-season, low rolling resistance
Tire sizeP195/50R16 83V
Wheel size16-by-6 inches
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front10-inch ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear9-inch drums

Track Test Results

0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.6
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.6
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)11.3
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)18.0
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)18.0 @ 75.1
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)10.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)118
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON64.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.80
Sound level @ idle (dB)35.5
@ Full throttle (dB)73.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66.5

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsDidn'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.
Braking commentsShort 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.
Handling commentsSkid 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. Slalom: Quite unlike any Prius before, because this one actually handles despite the non-defeat ESC. It seems the ESC system has high limits before adding brakes, and it doesn't merely stab them either. Although the Prius C's steering is still relatively numb, it turns in surprisingly quick. And the suspension tuning is excellent. Always stays planted, even when really throwing it around. That said, with little power on tap it's important to not scrub speed ever because you'll never get it back. Need to enter quickly and preserve momentum instead of entering slowly and trying to build speed. Seats offer zero lateral support in this maneuver, by the way.

Testing Conditions

Test date2/14/2012
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)52.5
Relative humidity (%)59
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.8
Wind (mph, direction)2.5 crosswind
Odometer (mi.)1,506
Fuel used for test87-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)32/29

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)53 city/46 highway/50 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)48.9
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)9.5
Driving range (mi.)475

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionAM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback, 6 speakers, HD Radio with iTunes tagging
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard auxiliary and USB inputs with integrated iPod menu support, Bluetooth streaming (all trim levels.) Integrated Pandora and iHeart Radio support via a paired smartphone running the free EnTune app (Three and Four trim levels.)
Satellite radioStandard XM with 90-day trial subscription (Three and Four trim levels only)
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Not available
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard, with voice commands and phone book access
Navigation systemStandard, 6.1-inch screen with additional POI data and search capability via a paired smartphone running the free Entune app. (Three and Four trim levels only)
Smart entry/StartStandard (Three and Four trim levels only)
Parking aidsNot available
Blind-spot detectionNot available
Adaptive cruise controlNot available
Lane-departure monitoringNot available
Collision warning/avoidanceNot available
Night VisionNot available
Driver coaching displayStandard

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,500
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,587
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)61/39
Length (in.)157.3
Width (in.)66.7
Height (in.)56.9
Wheelbase (in.)100.4
Track, front (in.)57.5
Track, rear (in.)57.1
Turning circle (ft.)37.4 (31.4 with standard 15-inch tires)
Legroom, front (in.)41.7
Legroom, rear (in.)35.0
Headroom, front (in.)38.6
Headroom, rear (in.)37.0
Shoulder room, front (in.)52.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)51.7
Seating capacity5
Step-in height, measured (in.)13.8
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)Not provided
behind 2nd row (cu-ft)17.1
Cargo loading height, measured (in.)25.3
Ground clearance (in.)5.5


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance2 years/25,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance2 years/25,000 miles
Hybrid/battery8 years/100,000 miles

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