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2012 Toyota Prius C

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Lots of excitement this week behind the wheel of the Prius C, but I have a feeling the excitement will be limited to how much fuel I can save as I watch the dollar signs roll by on the screen in the gauge cluster.

That’s not the only place the dollar signs are rolling, though; this tester comes in at a cool $27,000 after freight—seems a little on the pricey side for what is essentially a Toyota Yaris that has been electrified. Maybe I’ll never “get” this hybrid thing.

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At least you do get some premium features for your money, such as a power sliding moonroof, power windows and mirrors, cruise, climate control, navigation, keyless entry, push-button start and heated seats with a simulated leather seating surface—more on that later.

The Prius C is powered by a 1.5-litre engine that is electrically assisted. The two powerplants (electric and gasoline) drive the front wheels through a CVT transmission. Interestingly enough, Toyota chose to use a standard gear lever on the floor of the Prius C, unlike the V and regular Prius liftback, which use a silly computerized stick on the dash, next to the steering wheel. Most likely, this is a cost and packaging issue, but I am glad, I am not a big fan of the little “nub” shifter.

With only 99 horsepower on tap, I certainly will not be going anywhere fast this week, but perhaps I can get close to the Natural Resources Canada ratings of 3.5 L/100 km city and 4.0 L/100 km/h highway.

2012 Toyota Prius C
MSRP as tested (including destination): $27,000

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James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. James holds a national FIA race license and actively races and stewards at race events.