I Want The Toyota Prius C

Toyota Prius C (City) CenterfoldFor friend* and family, I promise that if I do purchase the Toyota Prius C, I will not think I’m better than you by choosing to only hang out with other hybrid drivers. They probably don’t want me around much either.

The new Toyota Prius C could be the hybrid that people have been waiting for and it’s set to be released in spring 2012. Like the standard Prius, the Prius C still seats 5 passengers but has a lower MSRP of just under $19k. It’s designed for start-stop city driving and that’s why its EPA fuel economy rating for city driving, 53 MPG, exceeds what you’d receive on the highway (46 MPG). Combined, the Prius C will get 50 MPG powered by a smaller version of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) that produces 99 hp versus the standard model’s 134 hp. You probably wouldn’t tow a boat with either model so bring on the small.

The combination of price, fuel efficiency and the fact that Toyota’s hybrid engines are now a mature technology make the Prius C a car to seriously consider if you’re in the market for a new vehicle. [Treehugger and LATimes.com]

*Friend is intentionally singular.

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