The 2012 Toyota Prius C: Unmatched Efficiency and Performance for Urban Driving
Updated March 27, 2014
Toyota has added a new entry to its popular family of fuel-efficient Prius hybrid vehicles. The 2012 Toyota Prius c (city), which was introduced to Japanese consumers in December 2011 as the Aqua, began appearing in Australian showrooms this past spring. With a smaller footprint and price range, this slimmed-down Prius is a very attractive package. The base price for a 2012 Toyota Prius c begins at only $27,000 Driveaway, making it the most affordable hybrid vehicle on the market at the time of release. The premium trim level Prius c i-Tech model is priced at 30,200 Driveaway.
Prius c Specifications
The 2012 Toyota Prius c is a surprisingly sporty, urban-friendly vehicle. The Prius c employs a downsized version of the traditional Toyota Prius, designed to nimbly manoeuvre through congested city traffic. The 1.5 litre petrol engine and electric motor combine to produce class leading fuel efficiency. The petrol engine serves both as the primary source of power and a generating station for the hybrid battery system. The electric motor provides propulsion in addition to charging the battery system during periods of deceleration. The car can also be driven solely on electric power for up to two kilometres at speeds under 40km. Toyota has equipped the Prius c with an efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Together, the petrol engine and electric motor can produce 74kw, and fuel consumption is estimated at 3.9 l/100km for the combined cycle. Toyota lists the city cycle at 3.7 l/100km. Toyota reduced the weight of the traditional Prius and reconfigured elements of the power train to achieve maximum fuel efficiency.
The Roomy Prius c Interior
Though the 2012 Toyota Prius c is somewhat smaller than previous Prius models, the interior is roomier than one would expect. The well-designed dashboard features centrally located gauges that are easy to read. The overall vehicle design is sleek and contemporary. The Prius c offers a full complement of modern conveniences and safety features. Every Prius c includes seven airbags, traction control, hill start assist, stability control and antiskid Brakes.
The base Prius C includes:
Bluetooth phone/audio streaming
Multifunction information display
15 inch steel wheels
Automatic climate control
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
Remote keyless entry
Four-speaker sound system
Folding rear seat
CD player and USB interface
Intermediate trim levels include features such as:
Keyless ignition and entry
Toyota Entune smartphone integration system
Six-speaker sound system
Touchscreen information system with navigation
Satellite radio/voice control
Height-adjustable driver seat
60/40 rear folding seat
The top of the line Prius C offers the following premium features:
Faux leather upholstery
Heated front seats
Expanded Battery Warranty
Toyota sells more petrol/electric hybrid vehicles than all the other car manufacturers combined. The Prius hybrid was the very first mass-produced hybrid vehicle in the world. The Toyota Prius c promises to be just as popular as its famous predecessors. The lively Prius c features a low centre of gravity, adding to its overall agility. The vehicle comes with a three year or 100km vehicle warranty, whichever comes first. The hybrid battery warranty has been increased to eight years or 160,000 kilometres. The Toyota Prius c is highly rated for safety and is covered by Toyota Service Advantage for the first three years or 60,000 kilometres.
Test drive the city-slick 2012 Prius c check with KalamundaToyota dealers Perth. Help reduce your footprint and get around in the sleek and nimble Prius c.
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