Amazing to drive, silent and reliable. GPS is the only poor feature
Everything in the car works great. Oh man, it's so smooth to drive. Each trip fuel cost is so helpful. It assist you in becoming a more greener driver by driving on eco mode. Not great on pickup from 0-100, if that's your thing then it's porbably not a good fit.
Auto temperature control, classy steering wheel. We got the green colour one which can't be missed on the road even during those misty and rainy days. Steering is so responsive but tight and so is breaking.
Only downside for us is how crap the GPS works and voice control works. We...still use our mobile phone as GPS. If this worked better then it will be 5 star ratings. Can't fault anything in the interior or exterior. I feel like driving it all the time so definitely looking to make some long distance trips on it. 3 year normal warranty and 8 year on the battery really offers that peace of mind
She does it for me
This is my 2nd Prius. I bought my first one 12 years ago and it never missed a beat. Our kids are grown up and no longer at home, so I didn't need the room that my first Prius has. This one suits me just fine, even though there is a surprising amount of room in the back for when I need to carry passengers. The finish is terrific, the colour is lovely and the drive is ok. My only disappointment is in the lack of storage in the cabin - nowhere to store your sunnies (if you want them handy), and the arm-rest console is miniature - and it could do ...with more on-steering-wheel controls. I agree that it struggles a bit with quick take-off and steep hills, but that's not the whole reason I bought it; I wanted comfort, reliability, maneouverability, quality finish and good looks, all while doing what I can for the environment.
Good car around town
Physically a compact car. Back seat can just about accommodate our two six footer sons. Driver seat is ok could have better lumbar support. ENgine is very quiet silent when you start up - a bit of getting use to. You would notice the petrol engine kicking in as it can be a bit noisy. Sufficient power to cruise around town with a full load. Don't expect good pickup. Excellent consumption as low as 3.8l/100km. Interior and dashboard very basic. Do have good display of fuel economy. Small booth space as expected, but sufficient for our shopping. We have enjoyed driving this car and would recommend it especially if it's a second car or just driving around town.
A charismatic little car
My wife loves her little 2014 Prius C. We both like the light steering & easy parking. It's not as nippy as some cars but holds it's own once moving. The CVT combines with cruise control to maintain 110kph on the freeway, even on the steepest hills. It tells you it's working hard on the steep freeway hills (Mooney Mooney Bridge between Sydney & Central Coast) though, but settles back to low revs back on the flat. Personally I find the driver's seat lacks comfort (needs more lumbar support), but my wife thinks it's fine. Mostly there's only ...one person in the car. In 42 months it's covered 19,726 k's (& has been serviced 7 times). It took a while to get used to the engine cutting out every time you stop, but it's a great idea to save fuel wastage. This is our eighth Toyota (including my work cars). I've read (& watched) many Prius C reviews. Motoring journalists generally don't like it, but interestingly owner reviews & comments are overwhelmingly positive. 6 July 2018 - this is my last update, as we've now sold the Prius. Retirement beckons, so we won't need a second car any longer.
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Lovable little city run-about
We got our Prius c for my wife but I also regularly drive it. I wouldn't mind the extras in the i-Tech but when we went down the list she either didn't need the extras or didn't care enough about them. Plus it meant no loan was required! :-) I probably could've convinced my other half about the I-Tech but those vile vinyl(?) seat covers turned me off. They are slippery and unpleasant to the touch. Toyota could've done better.
Even the basic c model has a lot of convenience features, leaving little for wanting.
For a small car, it has decent r...
Pretty good car. I bought my 2013 model from Northpoint Toyota and had a really good sales person. I had saved up and was paying cash for the car. I got the i-Tech model with a heap of accessories like interior illumination included for a really good price. Personally I think the iTech is well worth the upgrade.
The digital odometer with the energy monitor next to works so well. This means sticking to the speed limit is much easier than regular cars, but other drivers tailgate a lot and you realise people (knowingly or unknowingly) speed a l...ot. The only thing I had problems with was the multi function display. Sometimes the song names don't appear when streaming music from my iPhone 5 via Bluetooth for an unknown reason. Sometimes the Sat Nav won't find some addresses that it should have. For example West Terrace in Adelaide (one of the main roads in the heart of the city). And it's slow to respond, but once you have the address in it works well. Tells you when there's a traffic jam or roadworks ahead and suggests a quicker route. I haven't mentioned this to the dealer yet as not urgent, but I'm guessing they will have a fix seeing how it's under warranty still of course. The fuel economy, interior design, digital odometer and comfort factor make this car a winner. Northpoint Toyota Hillcrest - couldn't ask for more - really great dealer compared to the others. fuel economy, interior design, speedo, comfortable, easy to drive and park, smooth ride, one of the cheaper hybrids, good dealer. sat nav needs a good software update, Bluetooth streaming works 95% of time, but sometimes doesn't display songs for an unknown reason.
Questions & Answers
I am considering buying one of these. It's a 2012 low km (27 000km) vehicle. I would appreciate any thoughts on what should I be looking out for when I go to test drive and check it over?
I am thinking about buying a Prius C but I am a little concerned whether this car is sluggish going up hills, especially if there is 4 people in the car. This is the only thing holding me back from saying yes could anybody help me with making my final decision :)
I think this car will be a bit slow to take off going up the hill (not as sluggish as a snail though). I often have 5 people in my car and the car still operates fine going up the hill.
I would say you feel bit slow but for me it is not an issue. You can always accelerate max and it will pump the torque from both petrol engine and electric motor.
Another point would be, if drive a Prius the way you drive normal car it would not be enough fuel efficient. To get best fuel efficiency you need to master the slow acceleration and slow breaking.
I now live in the Hills area of Sydney which if you know the area is hilly.With regards to Hills and the Prius-C its not a powerhouse. From my experience it uses very little petrol and is configured to be very economical but if going up a hill you just accelerate more. I just believe that because by default it is in eco mode your used to no or little engine noise. I have gotten it up to 140kph racing a mate up a hill. He was also surprised it had guts because the car try (as mentioned above) is wired for economy.
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|Transmission||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Wheels||15" Alloy||15" Steel|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||3.9 L/100km||3.9 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||36 L||36 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 1.5L||4 Cylinder 1.5L|
|Max Power||54kW @ 4800rpm||54kW @ 4800rpm|
|Max Torque||111Nm @ 4000rpm||111Nm @ 4000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan||Japan|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2012|
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