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

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.

According to,

"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!