has brought out a new member of the Prius family: the Prius c. It is
smaller and more efficient than the orginal Prius. The original Prius
is still being made; the new model is an addition to the lineup.
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The "c" is for city, and it is sized for convenient parking in that
little space that all the big SUVs have to pass by. The mileage is
rated at 53 mpg in the city, and 46 mpg on the highway, for a combined
rating of 50 mpg. The c weighs 2,500 pounds (vs. 3,042 for the
The c uses a 1.5 liter engine (compared to a 1.8 engine in the original
Prius). Total power, including the electric motor, is 99 HP for the c,
vs. 134 HP for the standard Prius. This is a good arrangement for the
person that mainly drives in the city. The c might seem a little
noisier and less smooth than it's big sister if you plan to drive on
the highway much.
If you are a techie, you moght be surprised at the gizmos available in
such a modestly priced hybrid. Toyota offers an optional Entune™
system. It includes a 6.1-inch touchscreen, SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio
capability, HD Radio™, and voice recognition.
The c is a substantial 19.1 inches shorter than the regular Prius. But
a nicely sized hatch and fold down rear seats give good cargo carying