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Used 2012 Toyota Prius c

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Combined Fuel Economy
50 MPG
Horsepower
73 HP
KBB Expert Rating
3.9 
KBB Consumer Rating
4.8 
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Pros

Anyone seeking a scaled-down sustainable transportation solution that matches practicality, versatility and a surprising level of affordability with outstanding fuel economy will be well served by the new Toyota Prius C.

Cons

While the Prius C is attractively priced for a hybrid, some buyers may find that a more affordable conventional alternative – like the Ford Fiesta SFE, Honda Fit or Hyundai Accent – may deliver a better long-term total return on their investment.

What's New For 2012

Aimed at young, value-oriented consumers, the 2012 Prius C is coupled with four trim levels – named One, Two, Three and Four. An outstanding roster of standard features and a 50-mpg EPA combined rating endows the new Prius C with a grand slam of character traits that should endear it to budget-conscious buyers of all ages.

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Used 2012 Toyota Prius c Expert Review

Taking Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) technology down to its smallest size yet, the 2012 Toyota Prius C - for "City" – arrives on the scene as the latest and most fuel-efficient member of the automaker's ever-expanding Prius family. With a starting price below $20,000, this subcompact 5-door hatchback also is the most affordable. It should prove particularly appealing to those leaning toward conventional rivals like the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, and even the Toyota Yaris.

Driving the Used 2012 Toyota Prius c

A strategically reinforced body and optimally positioned battery and powertrain elements coupled with purpose-tuned suspension bits elevate handling dynamics of the new Prius C well beyond the Toyota Yaris on which it's based. Although low-rolling resistance tires limit cornering grip to acceptably modest levels, body roll is impressively controlled and the column-mounted electric power steering offers surprisingly positive feel and decent feedback in standard form as well as with the quicker-ratio setup that accompanies the 16-inch wheel/tire package. The same holds true of the Prius C's well-regulated regenerative disc/drum antilock brake system. Ride quality skews towards the firm side in all models and can be somewhat harsh on rough road surfaces, particularly on the C Four with the wheel/tire upgrade. While fully capable of dealing with urban commuting and freeway cruising duties, the Prius C's 11.5 second 0-60 mph time does encourage a bit of driver discretion prior to engaging in any dramatic overtaking maneuvers.

Favorite Features


Display Audio System

Standard in Prius C Three/C Four trim grades, the 6-speaker Display Audio System with Navigation and Entune multimedia includes a 6.1-inch LED touchscreen, voice recognition capability, HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with Real Time traffic/weather/sports/stocks/fuel prices, plus a smartphone interface that allows access to various downloadable apps, including Bing and Pandora.


Enhanced Multi-mode Eco Display

The Prius C is the first of Toyota's HSD clan to be fitted with an upgraded Multi-information Display that offers even more Eco Savings-related data-logging features – including the ability to calculate actual mpg and fuel-cost savings over various time/distance intervals as well as present relative cost comparisons versus other vehicles.

Used 2012 Toyota Prius c Interior

Prius family values are clearly evident inside of the Prius C's surprisingly spacious and well-finished passenger compartment. The commonality is clearest in the offset positioning of the hatchback's main gauge display and the design of its multifunction steering wheel, which carries directly from the Prius liftback sedan. Well-formed bucket seats provide a good combination of comfort and support up front while the Prius C's rear bench – which features a 60/40 split back in all but the C One model - can accommodate a pair of average-size adults or three kids. It easily folds flat to virtually doubles the capacity of the Prius C's already generous 17.4-cubic-foot cargo bay.

Used 2012 Toyota Prius c Exterior

While based on the Toyota Yaris platform, a comprehensive recasting endows the 2012 Prius C with the distinctive "Triangle Silhouette" design motif seen in other members of the Prius family. Aerodynamically optimized front/rear exterior treatments and the jaunty sweep of its C-pillar and body side contouring add visual interest to this diminutive newcomer while helping mask the fact that it is over a foot and a half shorter than the standard Prius liftback. Prius C One/Two/Three variants wear 175/65 low-rolling resistance tires on 15-inch steel wheels while the C4 gets standard aluminum rims and offers optional 16-inch alloys and 195/50 rubber.

Used 2012 Toyota Prius c Standard Features

Offered in four distinct variants, all Prius C models are impressively equipped and include automatic climate control, an enhanced Multi-Information Display, remote keyless entry, seven airbags and the comprehensive Toyota STAR Safety system. Even the baseline audio system offers AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA capability plus AUX/USB/iPod inputs and Bluetooth connectively. The C Two adds things like premium 2-tone fabric trim, a tilt/telescoping steering column, cruise control and a 6-way driver's seat, while the Prius C Three and Four models gain a Display Audio/Navigation/Entune multimedia package, Touch Tracer display and push-button starting. The primo C Four also features leather-like and eco-friendly SofTex upholstery, heated front bucket seats and fog lights.

Used 2012 Toyota Prius c Options

The Prius C is essentially configured in four different equipment-specific trim grades, and consequently, the extras list is minimal. Save for a choice of nine exterior colors and various dealer-installed accessory items, there are no options for either the Prius C One or C Two models. The Prius C Three can be fitted with a power tilt/slide moonroof and 15-inch alloy wheels, while C Four buyers can opt for the moonroof as well as a 16-inch alloy wheel upgrade that also nets quicker-ratio electric power steering.

Used 2012 Toyota Prius c Engine

Sole powertrain for the Prius C is a new, downsized but upgraded version of Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive system that teams a 73-horsepower/1.5-liter Atkinson Cycle 4-cylinder gasoline engine with a new smaller, lighter hybrid transaxle that contains a 60-hp drive motor energized by a compact nickel-metal hydride battery that's located beneath the rear seat. Collectively, this gas/electric pairing makes 99 quite serviceable horsepower and works in concert with an equally new, slimmer and trimmer Power Control Unit. The Prius C offers the choice of Normal, Eco and EV modes, with the latter delivering up to one mile of zero-emissions travel at up to a 25-mph pace. However, the more meaningful upside is the Prius C's real-world fuel economy, pegged by the EPA at an estimated 53/46 mpg city/highway.

1.5-liter inline-4 + 45-kilowatt Electric Motor and 0.87kWh battery pack
73 horsepower @ 4,800 rpm/60 horsepower (99 net system horsepower)
82 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm/125 lb-ft of torque
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 53/46 mpg

How Much Does the Used 2012 Toyota Prius c Cost?

Toyota intends to fully leverage the potential market appeal of the Prius name with this new newest member of the family. The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price ranges from just over $19,700 for a Prius C One to just under $24,000 for a Prius C Four, and even a fully loaded top-line Four will barely crack the $25,000 mark. Those opening numbers position it about $4,000 below comparable members of the Prius "Classic" liftback sedan lineup. While it's certainly possible to buy a gasoline-powered competitor for less, nothing on the market without plug-in capability can touch the Prius C's stellar fuel economy figures. Depending on your tendency to rack up miles, that fact can serve as a very enticing advantage, particularly if the price of gasoline rises beyond the $4/gallon level. KBB.com has not yet issued residual value figures for the Prius C, but the existing Prius has held its own versus other hybrid offerings and that seems likely to be the case with this scaled-down variation on the theme.

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Used 2012 Toyota Prius c Consumer Reviews

4.8 

Overall Rating

5 star

87%

4 star

8%

3 star

3%

2 star

1%

1 star

1%

Value
4.8 
Performance
4.5 
Quality
4.7 
Comfort
4.4 
Reliability
4.9 
Styling
4.5 

Dave
03/31/2019
2012 Toyota Prius c

"Quite roomy and peppy..awsome car"

VERY reliable and great on gas
A bit noisy on the highway
Fun to drive and very practical and cheap to maintain. Never a single problem with this car.
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Mikey999
03/05/2019
2012 Toyota Prius c

"Extremely reliable car !"

Extremely reliable and very low cost to maintain.
Small and slow.
This little car deserves solid 5* rating. Dont trust other pay-to-review website low rating score. Our 2012 prius c just reached 160k miles with ZERO mechanic issue. Only have to perform oil change, transmission fluid change, and tire replacement. Yes, the little c is small and little bit slow. BUT the insane gas mileage and extreme reliability really outweighs the disadvantages.
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JC
02/25/2019
2014 Toyota Prius c

"Terrific fuel efficient small car"

Solid, reliable, gas mileage, good sound system
None for a small, gas efficient affordable car
I’ve owned my Prius C for a little over 4 years and I love it as much today as I did the day I bought it with cash from an insurance settlement on our rear ended and totaled Lexus. I wanted a smaller, more basic car with great gas mileage and liked the cute styling of the Prius C. Compared to other models I tried, it felt more solid and the sound system was excellent. It drove well and had decent acceleration for the frequent 3 hour driving trips I take. I’m superstitious enough to say Knock Wood here, but I haven’t had a bit of trouble with it and the maintenance cost has been extremely low. The only thing I wish I had gotten if it was available at the time is the back-up screen display. I’ve backed into things a couple of times, totally my fault. The ride is not as quiet as the Acura that my husband now drives, but it’s not annoying. Last but not least, I’ve never paid more than $19 to fill the tank and I don’t need to fill it any more often than I did the Acura TL at more than twice the cost. I will never go back to a gas only automobile and am considering electric only for my next vehicle if I can find one reasonably priced with a 250 mile range.Read less
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JC
02/25/2019
2014 Toyota Prius c

"Terrific fuel efficient small car"

Solid, reliable, gas mileage, good sound system
None for a small, gas efficient affordable car
I’ve owned my Prius C for a little over 4 years and I love it as much today as I did the day I bought it with cash from an insurance settlement on our rear ended and totaled Lexus. I wanted a smaller, more basic car with great gas mileage and liked the cute styling of the Prius C. Compared to other models I tried, it felt more solid and the sound system was excellent. It drove well and had decent acceleration for the frequent 3 hour driving trips I take. I’m superstitious enough to say Knock Wood here, but I haven’t had a bit of trouble with it and the maintenance cost has been extremely low. The only thing I wish I had gotten if it was available at the time is the back-up screen display. I’ve backed into things a couple of times, totally my fault. The ride is not as quiet as the Acura that my husband now drives, but it’s not annoying. Last but not least, I’ve never paid more than $19 to fill the tank and I don’t need to fill it any more often than I did the Acura TL at more than twice the cost. I will never go back to a gas only automobile and am considering electric only for my next vehicle if I can find one reasonably priced with a 250 mile range.Read less
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KFS
01/16/2019
2015 Toyota Prius c

"Awesome car - great mph, clean air (yay!)"

I love my Prius C. I've owned it for 3.5 years. This is the second Prius hybrid we've owned and it is as excellent as the first one, which is our other vehicle (2011). This is my little commuter car, as well as my around-town shopping car. We also take occassional out of town trips with it. Both Prius get excellent mileage and have never given us any issues whatsoever. AAA+ on reliability, economy (42-70 mpg, depending on where we're driving) and clean air.
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2012 Toyota Prius c Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.

Technology

  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • USB Port

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Radio
  • iPod Connector
  • MP3 Player
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio
  • CD Player

Seating

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Cloth Seats

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Automatic Air Conditioning

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 53 mpg
  • EPA Class - Sub Compact Cars
  • EPA Hwy - 46 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 50 mpg

Performance

  • Horsepower - 73 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 4800 rpm
  • Stroke - 3.33 inches
  • Torque - 82 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 4000 rpm
  • Horsepower-Combined - 99 hp

Interior

  • Cup Holder
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Power Outlet
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel

Exterior

  • Limited Use Spare
  • Number of Doors - 4 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Spare Tire Type - Limited Use
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P175/65HR15
  • LED Tail Lights
  • Rear Spoiler

Security

  • Alarm System

Warranty

  • Basic Miles - 36000 miles
  • Basic Years - 3 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 5 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 60000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 5 years
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - 25000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 2 years
  • Hybrid/Electric Components Miles - 100000 miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components Years - 8 years
  • Scheduled Maintenance Miles - 25000 miles
  • Scheduled Maintenance Years - 2 years

Mechanical

  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Drum
  • Braking System - Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - FWD
  • Engine Type - Hybrid
  • Power Steering
  • Transmission Type - Automatic
  • Cylinders - 4 cylinders
  • Displacement - 1.5 liter
  • Bore - 2.95 inches
  • Compression Ratio - 13.4
  • Fuel Induction - Sequential Fuel Injection
  • Total no. valves - 16 valves
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Configuration - Inline
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • Transmission Sub-Type - CVT
  • Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Hill Start Assist

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 2500 pounds
  • EPA Passenger - 87.4 cubic feet
  • EPA Total Interior - 104.0 cubic feet
  • Fuel Capacity - 9.5 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 38.6 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 37.0 inches
  • Height - 56.9 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 41.7 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 35.0 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 5
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 5.5 inches
  • Overall Length - 157.3 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 52.3 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 51.7 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 5 passenger
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 17.1 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 31.4 feet
  • Wheel Base - 100.4 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 66.7 inches
  • Hip Room: Front - 51.0 inches
  • Hip Room: Rear - 50.8 inches
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2012 Toyota Prius c Safety

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2012 Toyota Prius c Safety Technology
  • Child Door Locks
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Front Head Curtain Airbag
  • Front Side Airbag
  • Rear Head Curtain Airbag

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2012 Toyota Prius c Rankings

Horsepower
73 HP
MPG Combined
50 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.8 Rating
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#20
2012 Toyota Prius c
73 HP

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