Toyota Prius C Fails to Impress Consumer Reports

With the Prius family now being the 3rd best selling in the world, Consumer Reports took the baby of the range for a spin. The Prius C is a small hybrid offering from Toyota which is based on the Yaris platform.
Despite Consumer Reports claiming that the Yaris platform is lackluster, we’ve heard reports that the new Yaris (non-hybird) is not a bad car to drive in town - but that’s another matter. The C is powered by a 1.5-liter petrol engine which, in combination with an electric motor, produces a very underwhelming combined output of 99hp which propels the car to 100km/h (62mph) in 11.3 seconds.

Sadly for the C, its cause doesn’t benefit from the fact that the interior is made entirely of hard plastics and looks extremely bland, from what we could see. Factor in the dead steering and you have a car which isn’t at all fun to drive in town, its natural habitat - so, to us too, it fails.

Starting at $18,995 (€15,415) with no options, we cannot understand why it’s selling so well. It doesn’t even look particularly good and those (extremely) thin tires make it look ridiculous, regardless of how much fuel their narrow profile may save.

Story via Consumer Reports
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