Cars.com Recommends the 2012 Toyota Prius c

Posted on 31. May, 2012 by in Auto News

Everyone has the right to their opinion, especially when it comes to the evaluation of new cars.

But sometimes – just a different time, in fact – we need to step and let car shoppers know we have a different view, that might have to buy the car they decide.

Consumer Reports announced on Wednesday that it is not. The recommendation of the 2012 Toyota Prius c due to the low values in the publication tests His final rating of 53 is near the bottom in terms of cars of this size, it is below the Mazda2 and Scion xD, both received a rating of 60. Consumer Reports has recommended xD but. The segment is the best, the 68th is also recommended for the Honda Fit

CR depth tests scores for the Prius c stand in stark contrast to our impressions of the hybrid.

I was in my Prius c review, which ran in February, "If value propositions were the 2012 Toyota Prius c single feat, it would probably be a big seller to be, but the mini-Prius is surprisingly roomy – and has impressive a comfortable ride and a range of standard features. "

The rest of the editorial team had similar positive impressions of the car.

Consumer Reports has the task of the advertised low price, specifying the test car – a Prius c Two, which cost $ 20,660 (including $ 760 destination charge) – is too expensive. But the base model at $ 19,710 is very well equipped and is hatchbacks on affordability-wise against similarly equipped traditional small cars. It beat all of them, but the discount-priced Nissan Versa, considering fuel costs.

Add the extra $ 950th for the two trim level that tested the hybrid CR and still beats the Chevy Sonic and Honda Insight on affordability

We will not quibble every point of contention – Consumer Reports says the ride and handling are below average, and we find it pretty good for the segment, each different interior quality – but we find it strange that CR gives the Prius an overall mark of 80 if it makes similar compromises in the areas of ride, noise and comfort compared to conventional cars in its price range, such as the Prius c is doing.

Consumer Reports says, you'd be better off buying a used Prius Liftback to a new Prius c for the same money, because it is a better vehicle.

While we could get the Prius c even on a new Prius, prices are used for the Liftback is higher today than at any time in the past six months, according to Cars.com 's inventory. This makes it a bad time to buy one on the used market.

The average price of used Prius models from 2010, 2011 and 2012 model years – the current generation – is $ 24,128 for the month of May, according to Cars.com data. The lowest price in the last six months was $ 21,818 in January.

The Prius c gets an EPA-estimated 53/46 mpg city / highway. The Prius Liftback gets 51/48 mpg. Both give you 50 mpg in the EPA test cycle combined.

We recently drove the Prius c 143.6-mile trip of mostly highway roads in pleasant weather, back 52.7 mpg at an average speed of 55 mph. CR argue, the Prius c extreme efficiency, though.

We're not trying to play favorites with Toyota with this recommendation, either. We have not the Corolla as a best bet because our editors criticized their driving experience, both the Toyota Highlander and Toyota Sienna also fared poorly in two recent Cars.com Shootouts.

Why is the Toyota Prius c officially Cars.com Best Bet? While it meets the requirements for safety, mileage and editorial judgment, cars must have average or better reliability. We refer to Consumer Reports' annual survey for this requirement and plan to do so. The Prius c is too new for accurate reliability data, but the publication lists predicted reliability as above average.

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