Toyota’s Prius has been a big hit worldwide. Many owners like the hybrid’s efficiency and the fact that they don’t have to spend as much on gasoline. Others appreciate the fact that the Prius is a green car; emissions are a lot lower than those of traditional cars. Toyota has introduced the Prius C, a new edition to its hybrid family at the Detroit Auto Show. The standout feature for this vehicle is it’s low price.
It is the most smallest and economical version of the original so far. Buyers will be able to select from four trim models. Almost all of the vehicle’s components including the air conditioning and steering will be electric powered.
Like all hybrids, the C derives its power from both an electric and a traditional motor engine.The battery weighs 68 pounds and holds 0.87 kilowatt per hour. The traditional engine is a V4 1.5 Liter and provides 99 horsepower. It can travel from zero to sixty in 11.5 seconds. Mileage stands at 46 mpg in the city and 50 mpg on the freeway. Not only is the Prius C affordable, it is also the most efficient hybrid on the market; more efficient than the original Pus as well as various hybrid autos produced by competitor Honda including the CR-Z.
The platform of the Prius C is also different from the original but more similar to that of the Toyota Yaris. Designers decided to amp up the exterior and it is noticeably different than the original verson. The Prius C is a lot more youthful and quirky. The headlights are quite different than the original; they are smaller and edgier. The trunk is pretty spacious; the C offers around 15.1 cubic feet of storage space. The back seats can also be folded down for additional room.
The “C” is mainly aimed at the younger generation also known as “Gen Y”. Most will either be in college or starting out in their careers. It’s funky and updated exterior definitely gives the Prius C a more youthful appeal while still retaining the classic Prius efficiency. Pricing is the main selling point; MSRP stands at around eighteen thousand dollars. The pricing will make this particular appealing to those who have always wanted to buy a hybrid but was never able to afford the hefty price tag. The Prius C is around five thousand dollars cheaper than the original.