CleanMPG First Drive Review of the 2012 Toyota Prius c

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by xcel, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2012 Toyota Prius c

    Congratulations to everyone.. how does that lifetime warranty work?.. not too familiar with the Toyota extended warranties.
     
  2. Airbalancer

    Airbalancer Well-Known Member

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2012 Toyota Prius c

    how tall is the person in the picture showing rear seat room?
     
  3. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2012 Toyota Prius c

    Airbalancer, Wayne is 6'1" with a 34" inseam.
     
  4. Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2012 Toyota Prius c

    It is something offered by the dealership, but you do get a certificate so it is accepted at any Toyota dealership. Covers the powertrain, which I believe is engine and transmission. Several dealers around here offer that.
     
  5. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2012 Toyota Prius c

    As the more efficient driver in the family, I'm stuck with driving the larger family roadtrip car (which I get to choose) and my wife gets the smaller, more efficient commuter car (which she gets to choose).

    For family roadtrip-car purposes, the Prius c is simply too small in the cargo area to meet our needs ... and unless want to strap your child to the roof you have to step up to the "two" level to avoid the non-split-folding rear seats like I haven't seen in a hatchback since the Pinto/Chevette era. The Classic Prius would be ideal but is out of our price range ... so if we we were buying this year we'd be looking at the Mazda3 skyactiv hatch, the forthcoming Elantra GT or yes, at $18k (the absolute top end of our price range) the Insight would still be a viable choice for that purpose.

    But if I got to drive (and pick) the family's efficient commuter car, I'd be drooling over the Prius c, no question about it.
     
  6. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

  7. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2012 Toyota Prius c

    A small folding frame trailer for long trips would not hurt much.. hang it up on the garage wall when its not needed to carry all the baby crap and other supplies.

    Ladies always get to choose, they also choose to park 2" away from other cars in the worst spots .. then you get to fix the dents :)

    You also want a safer newer car for your ladies, you can always drive an old junker kept going with duct tape.
     
  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2012 Toyota Prius c

    Hi Reid, F8L, Jud and PreciousPups4u:

    Glad to know somebody got something out of it :)

    T4haughton, Toyota knows a thing or two about how to wring the most out of HSD and the c shows it!

    Walter, until an owner or I have the opportunity to perform some steady state drives for solid numbers, we have the EPA and one maximum output all-highway drive to go by. That highway drive was certainly an eye opener however!

    Here as an additional data point I added within the 2012 Prius c specification details discussion.
    Wayne
     
  9. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

  10. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2012 Toyota Prius c

    We've considered the trailer option, but it's awkward since we don't have a garage and we use the cargo space frequently enough that it would become a hassle. Bottom line is the Insight is big enough for our cargo requirements, and the Prius c isn't. And in any event, we squeeze a lot of stuff into a MUCH smaller car, more often, than most families as it is.
    For better or worse, both of our vehicles need to be safe because we both drive our child around, often on the same day. Also, the beater option wouldn't work for our roadtrip vehicle anyway, since we also want it to be reasonably fuel efficient. Otherwise I'd be driving a Subaru wagon as everyone else in Portland does (and as I used to).
     
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2012
  11. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2012 Toyota Prius c

    Nice! I guess there's some wiggle room in their pricing, unlike some brands.
     
  12. byoung

    byoung Active Member

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2012 Toyota Prius c

    Wayne,
    I'm still wondering what your flat terrain speed was during the highway portion of your 85 mpg drive? For my 52 mpg test drive I did not exceed 65 mph and the terrain was relatively flat.

    Brad
     
  13. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2012 Toyota Prius c

    The local dealer is now showing them as "available". Meaning, they are not here but at some nearby dealer.
     
  14. ksstathead

    ksstathead Moderator

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2012 Toyota Prius c

    My dealer shows 3 Three's in stock. Can't check them out until busy (tax) season ends next month.
     
  15. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2012 Toyota Prius c

    Hi Brad:

    I linked the exact round trip route under the Google Map. If you want to see terrain, click terrain after the google map loads. Speeds were between the limits of 45 and 65 mph.

    I hope that helps?

    Wayne
     
  16. mikefxu

    mikefxu Member

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2012 Toyota Prius c

    I want to see some steady state numbers. Our 2012 Honda Civic LX Auto Sedan pulls 41+mpg at 70mph on cruise control and econ on flat Florida terrain. If I knew this car was in the pipeline we might have held out. My wife is averaging 34-36mpg city-ish driving with no care for green driving. I can do 44+ on her same route following the speed limit with mostly cruise and gentle acceleration. A car is mostly a tool to me and this fits the bill, where the regular Prius price didn't. I have an 04 Accord I4 Manual Sedan and can't justify replacing it when I have a 5 minute drive to work and we use the wife's car for longer trips.
     
  17. byoung

    byoung Active Member

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2012 Toyota Prius c

    Your terrain was fairly flat. I was just trying to resolve, was the majority of the trip driven at 45-50 to eek out the best FE or at more typical highway speeds of 60-65?

    Even though I attempt to limit my acceleration and use basic techniques, the reality is, I'll drive the majority of my highway portion of my commute at 63-65 mph. I was hoping to estimate my mpg to help convince me to move from my 32 mpg RSX to the C, if the C can turn in a consistent 55-60 mpg over my 24mi. commute.

    Brad
     
  18. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2012 Toyota Prius c

    We ignore what other drivers do, we follow the law and obey the posted speed limits!
     
  19. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk 2010 Prius (CAN Touring) Staff Member

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2012 Toyota Prius c

    ^ TOTAL agreement.

    The logic that if you don't break the law like the rest of wolf pack you're a danger is out of order. Similar logic is often tried at riots, LOL.
     
  20. ksstathead

    ksstathead Moderator

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2012 Toyota Prius c

    But byoung is not suggesting anyone break the law. He wants to know the speeds Wayne used (45-65 is a big range) so he can estimate what he can achieve (legally) at 65 or whatever. So far, Wayne has not provided anything more detailed than between the limits.
     

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