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By Chris Chase
Photos by Chris Chase and James Bergeron
2012 Toyota Prius C
Since our last update, the long-term Prius C has returned to its home with Toyota Canada, but we have a few more impressions to touch on before we wrap up this series.
After weeks of driving with the car set in “eco” mode, to take advantage of its gentle throttle response and maximize fuel efficiency, I decided to spend my last week or so using “normal” drive mode, with its more aggressive throttle map. I also turned off the eco-score display that I’d been relying on almost obsessively to squeeze as much distance as I could out of a tank of gas.
Prior to my economy-180, I’d managed fuel consumption as low as 3.3 L/100 km on a single city driving trip, with my best tank average being 4.3 L/100 km. When I gave the car back to Toyota, after a week of less careful driving, that tank average had climbed to 4.9 L/100 km and I was seeing single-trip averages anywhere between 4.5 and 7 (!) L/100 km.