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2012 Toyota Prius C - Review


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The 2012 Toyota Prius C has been a success from Day One, with strong sales for Toyota's new 50-mpg hybrid hatchback. If you're looking for the highest gas mileage of any non-plug-in vehicle on the market--but want something smaller and more nimble than the classic Prius liftback--the newest addition to the growing Toyota Prius line is well worth a look. At just 157 inches long, it sits squarely in the subcompact segment.

While both the new Prius C and the traditional Prius liftback model have the same EPA combined rating of 50 mpg, the 2012 Prius C is better in urban driving. Its ratings are 53 mpg city and 46 mpg on the highway--reflecting the challenge of improving the aerodynamics in such a short, stubby car.

The Prius C is a more conventional looking car than the larger Prius. In the showroom, you might not know it's a hybrid at all. It's a typical five-door subcompact about the same size as the gasoline Yaris subcompact it sits next to, with a few of the same design cues but with...

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