2012 Toyota Prius c Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Magnetic Gray Metallic
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$7,874 - $11,549
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test
Source: NHTSA.gov
MPG (up to)
53 City / 46 HWY
Horsepower
73
Seats
5

How 2012 Toyota Prius c Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.9 Overall Score
Performance 3.5Comfort 3.5Styling 4.0Value 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 -- the best of any non-plug-in vehicle. This compact hatch also offers an impressive roster of standard features in each of its four available trim grades.

Toyota Prius c Models & Trims

One $8,538 - $10,735
Horsepower: 73 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 15 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Two $7,874 - $9,937
Horsepower: 73 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 15 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Three $8,476 - $10,673
Horsepower: 73 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 15 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Four $9,186 - $11,549
Horsepower: 73 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 15, 16 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.6

Interesting detail: He is electric blue and dents easily, but said dents can be popped out by hand because of thin metal used to build him. Summary: just one cool mf.

Feels a little cheap even though it isn't. The frame feels like tin (you can literally pop a dent out with your hands I've done it multiple times) and the interior makes you feel like you are driving a toy car. It also has no acceleration power. However, I have formed an attachment with my car, Eugene, due to how affordable he is. He gets me from point A to point B with little fuel costs. Also, a very reliable car. My family has had him for 5+ years with no real problems.

Mila J
Helpful

It gets great gas mileage, and if you drive it properly it will get spectacular gas mileage in city driving.

I love the gas mileage (53 MPG usually) and the affordability of it. The price was low enough I didn't have to get a loan (important for a senior). I like the compactness of it, for easier maneuvering and parking. I am not crazy about the heating/cooling system, as I can't control the flow as finely as I would like. And the placement of the head pieces above the seats impedes my vision just a bit. All in all I really like the car, it serves my purposes well.

Rose G
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I love my Prius c and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a new vehicle.

The vehicle paid for itself by the time I paid it off. Its very comfortable, has an amazing turning radius. My insurance is very inexpensive, car is zoomy in the city. Its very spacious inside and make lots of room for cargo such as seats laying down in order to make room for everything you wish to carry or transport. I feel very small on the highway but other than that really nice ride.

Chris R
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Compare Models & Key Features

Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$8,538 - $10,735
$7,874 - $9,937

Horsepower

Horsepower
73 (hp)
73 (hp)

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

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

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Not Available
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Not Available
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

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.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Standard
Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Steel
Steel

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Standard
Standard

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P175/65R15
P175/65R15

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

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2500 (.lbs)
2500 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
73 (hp)
73 (hp)

Torque

Torque
82 (ft. lbs.)
82 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

Gas Electric Hybrid
Standard
Standard

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
9.5 (gal.)
9.5 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
50 (mpg)
50 (mpg)

City

City
53 (mpg)
53 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
46 (mpg)
46 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

CTV Transmission
Standard
Standard
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
Standard
Standard

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
G
Side
G
Roof Strength
G
Driver-side Overlap Front
P
G
Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) & brake assist
  • Traction control (TRAC) *
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Enhanced vehicle stability control *
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Front/rear energy-absorbing crumple zones
  • Driver/front passenger advanced airbags w/occupant classification sensor
  • Front seat-mounted side airbags
  • Front & rear side curtain airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • 3-point seatbelts w/front pretensioners & force limiters
  • Adjustable front seatbelt shoulder anchors
  • Three-point seatbelts in all seating positions
  • Automatic locking retractors (ALR/ELR) on all passenger seatbelts
  • LATCH (lower anchors & tethers for children) system for outboard rear seats
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Direct tire pressure monitoring system
  • Energy absorbing collapsible steering column

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

Reliability results are currently not available.

Safety Recalls (0)

This vehicle has no recalls.

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