Last post on Aug 07, 2013 at 6:39 PM
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Toyota Prius C, Hybrid Cars, Hatchback
#16 of 25 The price of the prius C Two
Jul 19, 2012 (10:22 am)
Does anybody buy a Prius C in Bayarea? How is the price?
#17 of 25 $1000 Prius C in Peoria, IL
Aug 20, 2012 (1:48 pm)
Just wanted to let everyone know that my dealer is advertising Prius C at $1000 all models. Peoria, il
#18 of 25 Prius C purchase and driving experience
Aug 25, 2012 (9:54 pm)
Purchased a Prius C Four in Summer Rain with black softex interior. This model and color combination was extremely difficult to find in southern California. Searched cars.com to check inventories of dealers throughout CA and AZ. Internet communications with Toyota Dealerships was outrageous! Their primary function is to tell you they have exactly what you are looking for and to try to get you to come in to their establishment. Many of the fleet salespeople I communicated with had limited knowledge of their product which was frustrating. Finally found a sales person at the Pasadena dealership who had the Prius we wanted in stock and was willing to provide the information requested. Drove this car 102 miles home and loved it. We averaged 51 mpg freeway driving 65-70 mph. Seat material is soft and luxurious. Car is fun to drive and if you have an iphone, you simply place it on the storage area next to the navigation screen (don't have to plug it in) and you can listen to your stored iphone music through the car radio system and make voice command phone calls from your bluetooth system using your iphone contact list. You are able to switch songs using buttons on the steering wheel. Wow! Love these features. California dealers have all ordered this model with moon roof which is a nice markup for them but really not something we desired. We were able to deal on the price at MSFP of $25,142. and paid $24,320. Be sure to do your homework before contacting dealers by downloading the brochure for this vehicle on toyota.com. That way you can compare the four Prius C models and standard features and options. If you test drive this vehicle you will be pleasantly surprised at how it handles, good acceleration, and good highway mileage in spite of the fact that reviewers keep indicating that this is a city car. It performs equally well on the highway. Definitely a fun car to drive and the mileage, fabulous!
#19 of 25 Prius-C 2012
Oct 08, 2012 (1:25 pm)
I bought a PRIUS-C 2012 in June 2012, and it has given me 2 different problems for a total of 4 times.
1. On 8/31/12, the vehicle would not turn on and all the lights went on, however I could not shift gears...30 minutes later it turned on. On 9/10/12, I took the car for the 5000 mile check up at the Toyota La Puente Dealer and the intake person said it was nothing, that it happens all the time, he brushed it off and did not document my concern nor told mechanics to look into problem.
2. On 9/12/12, approx. 2 weeks later as I was driving the vehicle's alarm went off and I was not able to turn it off! I pulled over and tried turning off the alarm and the car, but neither turned off. Finally it turned off and 5 minutes later it all happened again. On 09/13/12, I took it to the Toyota Corona Dealer where I purchased the vehicle and was told they could not find anything wrong...the car was there until 9/18/12...they decided to replace the alarm system because they thought that might be the problem. I confirmed with the KARR alarm company that the alarm was replaced.
3. On 10/3/12, the same problem as of 8/31/12--but this time the gear was able to shift to reverse HOWEVER it rolled FWD not reverse. The cars warning lights were all on and the vehicle would not operate. Waited 45 minutes for Roadside Assistance and then the car turned on---On 10/04/12, the car was taken back to Toyota Dealer in Corona-still pending outcome.
I think the LEMON LAW applies, I have contacted Toyota and was told that someone will contact me by today 10/08/12...still waiting for call. I am scare to drive this vehicle, I bought it for its reliability and peace of mind and it has cost me to miss work and more importantly putting me in a dangerous situation.
#20 of 25 Re: Prius-C 2012 [csigirly]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Oct 09, 2012 (4:09 am)
Your vehicle might not quite meet the Lemon Law requirements in your state. It sounds like you're in California:
but you are definitely setting everything up right by notifying the manufacturer of the problem. The 9/2 incident doesn't count because they were able to fix the problem. It only applies to a problem (or several problems) that the dealership has tried multiple times to rectify without success.
#21 of 25 Re: Prius-C 2012 [csigirly]
Oct 29, 2012 (3:07 pm)
How's the aftermath? I assume the alarm was installed by the dealer and they said it won't void the warranty? How could that be possible if Toyota didn't even approve it. So now it's the "waranty from the Dealer", not backed by Toyota. And that is why they want you to service back to the same dealership you bought from, because not all dealership has "connection" to the Southwest Dealer Services. If it's so approved by Toyota, why the heck did Toyota has its own VIP? This KARR alarm is not making me comfy about driving my car now.
#22 of 25 Thinking of buying a Prius C
Nov 06, 2012 (12:59 pm)
I would be interested in hearing how comfortable the Prius C is on long trips. I often drive between 500 and 1,000 miles a day ... Comfort and gas mileage on highway? What is the noise levell?
Nov 16, 2012 (12:10 pm)
If you are a parent of young children (at least one under 12 years old) who owns the latest model Toyota Prius C or Kia Rio, a reporter would like for you to fill out a survey, due by December 1, 2012, for use in a print publication. Please email PRedmunds.com no later than Friday, November 30, 2012 for a copy of the survey.
#24 of 25 Prius c goes mazda2
Jul 27, 2013 (4:54 pm)
when the new revisuion of the prius 2 debuts this fall or early spring it will be based on the mazda2 and that will be a huge improvement over the yaris chassis. it should be the platform for yamaha, toyotas prime engine consultant, to offer a hot rod for the masses, much like Porsche's 918 for the super rich. Such a vehicle could easiluy be concocted with a turbo to generate 150 hpo or more and thus place Toyota high in consumer wants. In short, it will be what Honda failed to do with the CRZ. Sochiro has to be spinning in his grave. Combined with the superior chassis of the mazda2 it will be a large scale seller even if it gets only 40 mpg.
As for the current Prius C it can be vastly improved in handling by simply disconnecting the front antisway bar (not removing) to reduce the enormous understeer dictated by lawyers rather than suspension engineers. And the current mazda 2 being prepped for B racing class have shown significant ability to be a leading class winner.
Yes, I got my Prius C, promptly imporoved its handling and proved it on track. Its no competitor for even a Civic sedan, not the Si, but it is comfortable and fun to drive. There are clips on youtube. And yes, I've taken two long trips more than 500 miles and got 48 mpg at an average speed of 65 mph for the entire trip.
I vote the Prius C the car of the year and most assuredly when the Prius C on mazda chaasssis and a high performance version is released I have my order prepped for my dealer. Congrats Toyota, we recommend the Prius C highly for today's driving errands, long or short distance.
PS I've had more than my share of McClarens and Corvettes but today they don't offer much except on track.
#25 of 25 Re: Thinking of buying a Prius C [tcidrp]
Aug 07, 2013 (6:39 pm)
So far in 7500 miles I have taken two 1000 mile trips, averaging 65 mph and 48 mpg, both entirely comfortable. Course my background is vettes, porsches, mustangs and camaros as well as racing but I found the prissy easy to drive long distances in comfort.