Kelley Blue Book Value®
$7,619 - $11,733
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Not Tested
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
53 City / 46 HWY
Horsepower
73
Seats
5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$7,619 - $11,733
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Not Tested
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
53 City / 46 HWY
Horsepower
73
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.9 Overall Score
Performance 3.5 Comfort 3.5 Styling 4.0 Value 4.0

Editor's Overview

Smallest, most affordable and most fuel-efficient member of the world's best-selling hybrid family, the new 2012 Toyota Prius C starts under $20,000 and boasts a 53-mpg EPA city rating -...

Toyota Prius c Models & Trims

2012 Toyota Prius c Owner Reviews

4.56

103 Reviews

62% 33% 4% 1% 1 star 0%

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The Toyota Prius c gets you there in comfort, style, and does not break the bank!

The Toyota Prius c is a stylish, economical, and reliable vehicle. Although it is not a luxury car, this vehicle has everything you need plus it gets over 50 miles per gallon. This car come equipped with cruise control, Bluetooth, am FM radio, CD player, steering wheel controls, hands free phone, power locks, power windows, USB port, rear defrost, air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, and so much more! It is also available in many different color options! Which makes this car suitable for male, female, old, and young! This car is great for a ride trip! It comfortably seats four adults. There are plenty of built in cup holders locate throughout the car. Although the Prius c is a small vehicle, it is actually very roomy inside! The Prius c also boasts so much larger trunk space than one would imagine. The trunk space is hatchback style and features two levels of storage when using the separator that comes stock with the vehicle. The Prius c runs partially on gas and partially using the built in battery. The battery recharges as the vehicle is being driven by the braking system, therefore there is no inconvenience of having to plug the car into an electrical source for charging. The car also has an option to run completely on the battery if necessary, but the distance is limited for this option. This option is primarily for an emergency situation and not meant to be used regularly. Overall, the Prius c is an attractive and extremely smart choice considering today�s gas prices! When you drive a Prius c you are getting there in comfort, style, and saving your hard earned money at the same time!

- Brenda P

Happy driver of reliable and economical Prius c.

Problems include: display screen cannot be read in sunlight, multimedia controls are difficult to use, navigation system is nearly impossible to use. . Good points are that after seven years I have only one repair needed and that was because someone didn't turn the car off and completely drained the battery. . This car is very small and taller people are not very comfortable. I am a shorter person and usually I am in the car by myself and it is comfortable. . I bought this car for driving in a city in traffic and parking places are hard to find. It can fit into the smallest parking spot and the wide turning radius helps when parallel parking.

- Melissa B

It's a very reliable commuter car.

I purchased a used Prius c and have been satisfied. $30 fills my gas tank and I drive for a week! I drive in town and get 35 mpg, on the freeway 40-50. The drawback is that you have to use synthetic oil, it costs me $80 bucks every 5 to 6 months for an oil change. Another complaint I have is that there is no ignition key it has a push start and a key fob that costs $300 to replace. The backseat is not very roomy hardly fits three average size adults. Not a lot of trunk space either. The plus is the compact, zip around town style, and of course it's hybrid!

- Jenny J

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Key Specs

Category Name: Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$7,619 - $9,502
$7,877 - $9,806

Horsepower

Horsepower
73 hp
73 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Engine Type

Engine Type
1.5L DOHC 16
Hybrid system
1.5L DOHC 16
Hybrid system
Interior Features

Category Name: Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

Category Name: Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.7 in.
41.7 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.6 in.
38.6 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
50.8 in.
50.8 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37 in.
37 in.

Category Name: Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player

Category Name: Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control

Category Name: Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System

Category Name: Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Exterior Features

Category Name: Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel
Steel

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler

Category Name: Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
100.4 in.
100.4 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
31.4 ft.
31.4 ft.

Length

Length
157.3 in.
157.3 in.

Width

Width
66.7 in.
66.7 in.
Mechanical Specs

Category Name: Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2500 .lbs
2500 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
73 hp
73 hp

Torque

Torque
82 ft. lbs.
82 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
.lbs
.lbs

Gas Electric Hybrid

Gas Electric Hybrid

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Category Name: Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
9.5 gal.
9.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
27 - 23 mpg
27 - 23 mpg

City

City
53 mpg
53 mpg

Highway

Highway
46 mpg
46 mpg

Category Name: Transmission

CVT Transmission

CVT Transmission
Safety Features

Category Name: Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Category Name: Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Category Name: Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
Not Tested

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety