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in 2012 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $15,381 - $16,614
Original MSRP: $18,950 - $23,230
MPG: 53 City / 46 Hwy
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2012 Toyota Prius c Interior

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The 2012 Toyota Prius c’s interior is pretty typical of small hybrid cars. The materials feel cheap and have a futuristic look that some reviewers like and others don’t. Up front, the driver and front passenger seats are comfortable, but the rear seats will be cramped for some adults and teens. The Prius c comes standard with features like Bluetooth and a USB port, which are becoming common on small hybrid cars.

  • "In any guise, the Prius c's interior has too many hard plastics to match segment leaders like the Ford Fiesta and Kia Rio, but its cheerful, modern design and a few hybrid-specific touches save it from being dour." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The interior design is modern and well done, although the number of materials and textures might be overwhelming to some." -- Car and Driver

Seating

Most test drivers find that the Prius c’s front seats are comfortable, supportive and aren’t cramped. A few think that the rear seats are comfortable for adults, but others mention that adults and teens need more space. Kids should be comfortable.

  • "The front seats are unexpectedly supportive, and although the padding on the rear bench looks frightfully thin – the batteries live in a compartment below the seat, raising the seat bottom – it’s comfortable, and scallops in the headliner mean adults will fit happily as long as they're close to average height." -- Car and Driver
  • "The front buckets offer a good blend of comfort and support while the Prius C's rear bench will readily accommodate a pair of average adults or three kids. ..." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Since the C doesn't feel cramped in any way up front, it has to lose space from somewhere, and thus the back seats feel especially small." -- Autoblog 

Interior Features

The 2012 Toyota Prius c helps drivers track their fuel consumption by displaying information, such as an eco score, on the dashboard. The Prius c’s trip computer even allows the driver to calculate how much money they save by driving the Prius c when fuel economy for another vehicle and the current price for a gallon of gas is entered into the system.

One reviewer says that while the fuel economy tools are helpful, the information looks cluttered on the small dashboard screen, and that it’s hard to sift through the data using controls on the steering wheel. Another reviewer thinks that accessing the fuel economy information isn’t confusing at all, and a different test driver appreciates that it doesn’t use shrubbery to represent how efficiently he’s driving.

Standard on the Prius c are a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth and USB and auxiliary ports. Optional on the Prius c are HD radio, satellite radio, navigation and Entune, which is Toyota’s infotainment system. Entune uses Bluetooth to connect smartphones to the stereo to stream music via Pandora, an Internet radio station, or access Bing, a search engine.

  • "One menu gives immediate feedback in the form of an eco score on a 100-point scale-less cute but much more understandable than cartoon leaves and branches." -- Car and Driver
  • "The news is brighter inside, where our drivers generally gave a thumbs-up to its more conventional, less Prius-y design; terrific smartphone-based Entune infotainment system; and most of all its standard 3.5-inch color screen." -- Motor Trend
  • "Generally, the screens are simple to sort their way through thanks to convenient standard steering wheel controls." -- Left Lane News
  • "But that's not what will wow: Drivers can input both the current price of gas and the mileage of another car to show how much money the Prius c is saving them, in real time." -- Cars.com
  • "The readouts are a neat feature, but so much information is crammed on the little screen that it's tough at quick glance to determine what you're looking at. And the infotainment system takes a long time to download songs and playlists from an iPhone." -- Popular Mechanics 
  • "And that stubby tail hides 17.1 cubic feet of seats-up cargo space, also a bit more than you get in the larger-looking Insight." -- Inside Line

Cargo

The Prius c has 17.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up, which is decent for a small hybrid hatchback. The Honda Insight hybrid has 15.9 cubic feet with the rear seats up, and the Honda CR-Z has a higher 25.1 cubic feet of cargo space.

  • "And that stubby tail hides 17.1 cubic feet of seats-up cargo space, also a bit more than you get in the larger-looking Insight." -- Inside Line

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