The Toyota Prius c had its debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show recently, and what a nicely balanced vehicle for under $20-grand! Now, keep in mind, we can't all drop 20k on a new car, but this is great news to see a smaller Prius get great mileage for a great price! I think Toyota knew this year we'd see pain at the pump, and is unveiling the car at the right time, but only time will tell.
According to Cars.com:
It will competes with the Honda Insight, Hyundai Accent, Volkswagen Golf TDI. It looks like: A city car to beat all city cars.
Drivetrain: 73-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and 60-hp electric motor; 144-volt nickel-metal-hydride battery; continuously variable automatic transmission; front-wheel drive.
Hits dealerships in March.
"Though the c is 542 pounds lighter and has a smaller gas engine — a 1.5-liter four-cylinder rather than a 1.8-liter — it's 19.1 inches shorter from bumper to bumper, almost as small as the Toyota Yaris subcompact four-door. As cars decrease in size, their ability to cheat the wind at highway speeds hits a point of diminishing returns. The Prius c's coefficient of drag is a respectable 0.28, but the regular Prius is rated 0.25.
The Prius c will come in four trim levels. Standard equipment includes 15-inch steel wheels, automatic climate control, a 3.5-inch color display, an AM/FM/CD stereo with Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio connectivity, a USB port, steering-wheel audio controls and remote keyless entry. There are nine airbags.
An optional touch-screen navigation system comes with SiriusXM satellite radio (with a three-month trial subscription) and Entune, which interfaces with a smartphone's internet-radio applications, and other features."
Perfect. I may have to investigate this vehicle as a potential! And the best part? It's made in America!