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Toyota Prius C is Today's VW Beetle of the Sixties

Updated on July 2, 2012

It is. While it does not resemble it, whatsoever, it acts like it. Remember, how you always dreaded getting behind the painfully slow VW Beetle going up a hill? Maybe on straight stretch? Man, the old 1960-70 VW Beetles lugged even when you floored them. So under powered. They were also rather basic and dull and drab. They did get you from Point A to B. Fuel economy was good for those days. Cheap to maintain.

Toyota created their VW Beetle version for 2012. None of the Prius family are known for rapid anything, only for fuel economy. So, the Prius C mandated it sell for less than $20K and get 50 MPG. Basically, this car is an electric hybrid Yaris. It has a 1.5L engine and weighs 2500 lbs that manages a VW-like whopping 73 hp! Flooring this puppy does very little but a very gradual increase on flat roads (the other Prius' have 134 hp). As for the MPG, well, it is the king at 53\48! But, but....all of the other Prius' with 134 hp get near that and average 50 MPG. even the VW Jetta diesels 2005 to present get 45\34, with far more class and power. So, it comes down to a fad of being "green". Buy "green" and save the world!

The C slowly, ever so slowly, reaches 0-60 mph in 11 seconds. In traffic, on highways, THAT is dangerously slow. This is NOT a car for rapid lane changes. Punching the accelerator will often yield no noticeable change, its freaky! Because the C's batteries are much smaller than other Prius models, recharging is more frequent.

The C means cargo and this Prius has a nice amount of 17 cu. feet. But, OMG, would you really want to load this thing up to the max and try to climb a steep hill? Huh, talk about revisiting the 1960's! This Prius C should be a D for dog. The worse thing is that Toyota was barely able to create it for under $20k, the base price is $19,740.


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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Just buy the Prius with 134 hp.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Well, I guess I can cross this car off my list of potential buys next year. The scooter is looking better to me these days. Enjoyed your review.

    • FGual profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      It's going to be a tough sell, even with fantastic fuel economy.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      I recall them well, had a vertible 71 model. My daughter calls them, Slugbugs.

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      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Love your review. My husband, while riding his bike. was hit by a Prius 2 years ago. He did a lot of damage to the car.Tore the front end off. He was going about 16 miles and it was going about 5mph when the driver turned into him to get to a gas station. Hubby was fortunate to only have contusions, broken wrist and collar bone. Imagine what being in a car to car accident with one of these things would be like.

      I loved the V.W. bug in the day, but every one knew its limits.


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