Mark Phelan: Toyota Prius c subcompact skimps on space, comfort | Detroit…

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has a Goldilocks problem. As it tries to the Prius from a single car to a mini-brand, the automaker faces the that the first Prius let’s call it the Prius — was just right.

Bear and Baby Bear, the new and smaller Prius v and Prius c, are each a bit too hot or cold, hard or They’re doomed to be measured the Prius Classic, and to suffer in comparison.

The subcompact * * * 2012 Prius c offers less and comfort than the original for a small improvement in fuel and cost.

Prius c prices at $18,500. All Prius c’s with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder electric motor and nickel-metal battery that produce a of 99 horsepower. A continuously variable is standard equipment.

In a moment of unbridled creativity, named the trim levels Two, Three and Four.

for the top Prius c Four start at I tested one with an optional sunroof and 16-inch alloy It cost $24,380. All prices destination charges.

The Prius low base price is its calling It competes with more and larger hybrids like the C-Max, Honda Civic and and the upcoming VW Jetta. Mostly, I suspect it will compete the just-right Prius Classic , is bigger, better and only more expensive. Prices for the Prius start at $24,000.

The EPA the c at an eye-catching 53 m.p.g. in the city, 46 and 50 in combined driving.

Those figures are impressive, but the key combined rating is only 3 better than the roomy C-Max. It’s the same as the (Papa Bear, the Prius v, in at 42 m.p.g. combined.)

According to the calculations, a Prius c owner save only $50 a year on compared with a larger The c owner will pay exactly the for fuel as a Prius Classic but be in a smaller, noisier vehicle.

The interior materials feel Most of the surfaces are hard, much padding or sound Road and wind noise are noticeable.

The audio quality of phone calls is very Toyota’s new voice-recognition system for calls, navigation, etc. is

Front seat head, leg and room are good. The front needs more storage for phones, iPods, etc. legroom is not bad for a small car. The layout provides more room than the competing small sedans.

In addition to the usual safety the c adds two new air bags. Hidden in the cushion of the driver and front seat, if activated, they the occupants to make sure don’t submarine or slide their seat belts and the dash.

The c’s power and are unimpressive. Toyota says the c for city, and nothing about the performance on the highway contradicts It reaches 60 m.p.h. in 11.5 a full 1.7 seconds slower the enjoyable Prius. The auto-stop that shuts the engine off idling is smooth and quick,

I was able to drive on battery for short distances at low speeds, as as I kept a very light on the accelerator pedal.

Steering is high, but without much or feel. The ride is bumpy rough surfaces. Handling is but not exciting.

The Prius c’s mimics the larger Prius, of Toyota’s plan to transform the into an all-hybrid sub-brand. The view shares the low, hood and small grille of the and v. At the rear, the vertical taillights, glass and hatch continue the theme.

Other automakers tried and failed to match the for years. Now Toyota itself has what a tough act the pioneering is to follow. The c’s price and economy would make it an little vehicle if it weren’t by the Prius.


When it comes to the Prius shoppers might want to a lesson from Goldilocks: looking until you find the one juuust right.

Contact Phelan at 313-222-6731 or at mmphelan@freepress.com

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Prius c Four

Front-wheel five-passenger four-door subcompact hatchback

Price as tested: (excluding destination charge)

* * * (out of four stars)

to buy: Prius name, economy, good voice-recognition

EPA fuel economy ratings

Prius c: 53 m.p.g. city/46 highway/50 m.p.g. combined.

C-Max hybrid: 47 m.p.g. m.p.g. highway/47 m.p.g.

Honda Civic hybrid: 44 city/44 m.p.g. highway/44 combined.

Honda insight: 41 m.p.g. m.p.g. highway/42 m.p.g.

Toyota Prius: 51 m.p.g. m.p.g. highway/50 m.p.g.

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