2014 Toyota Prius C Review: Green Cars Can Go Slow–and Get 53 MPG Too

According to our friends at MotorTrend.com, the 2014 Toyota Prius C is slow.  The subhead calls it “unmatched slowness.” Apparently, the magic number for them is 6.8 seconds:

Let’s start with 6.8 — no, it’s not the 2014 Toyota Prius C’s 0-60 mph time, but the number of seconds it took the car to complete our 45-65 mph acceleration test. That’s a second slower than the Motor Trend-tested time for a 2012 Honda Insight, 1.1 seconds slower than a 2013 Toyota Prius that rolled on expensive forged wheels, and a full 2 seconds slower than the way less efficient 2014 Toyota Corolla S.


Now I don’t know the details of their 45-65 mph acceleration test.  I imagine it centers around flooring it once you get to 45 mph.  Can’t see it straying much past that exercise.

Speed aside there’s still a lot going for it.  Because, as we have all found out, driving a green car can change a person into a calmer, more sedate driver.

The big thing the C has in it’s favor is economy.  53 mpg is hard to beat.  Period.

The next is value.  The 2014 Prius C has a base MSRP of $23,360.  I tricked one out using the HECN New Vehicle Configurator and the price was $27,517 with an Edmunds True Market Value of $25,835

2014 Toyota Prius C Interior

According to MotorTrend, the hybrid displays are quite cool as well:

…the Prius C gets a color display that displays all kinds of info to keep you entertained as you slog through rush-hour traffic. The 3.5-inch screen is standard on every Prius C and can show a trip computer that displays how many miles were driven with EV-only power, an eco score based on your acceleration and braking techniques, a hybrid system indicator, and an energy monitor that tells you how hard you can press on the gas pedal before the engine turns on….



The C also eats 4 comfortably, given it’s size.  It’s a good review, you should check it out.  You can also check out a video test drive/review from Autobytel above.

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