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.