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Prius C 2012 vs 2013 & Three vs Four

Discussion in 'Prius c Main Forum' started by Dylan Murphy, Dec 5, 2012.

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  1. Dylan Murphy

    Dylan Murphy New Member

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    I just joined the site today but look to be a regular member after purchasing a C. I was hoping to find some information on the changes from the 2012 to the 2013. I read on here someone else's thread saying the dealer told him that it was just a change of model number.

    Secondly and most importantly, are there any reasons I'm not thinking of why I should get a Four over a Three? Do the larger wheels have any impact as far as driveability, durability or mileage? Also what does "Color-keyed" mean when they are discussing the mirrors? I also don't think the fog lamps will make any difference where I live, it is rarely foggy. So basically as far as I can tell, getting the Four would mean getting heated seats for $1 or $2k extra.

    Lastly, I am going to test drive a Prius C Four 2012 this evening after work, any suggestions or things I should look out for? (This is also my first new car purchase)
  2. KaliforniaKid

    KaliforniaKid 2013 Prius V Five 2012 Priuc C Four

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    Working off your list - it's 2K for faux leather seats aka SofTex-trimmed heated front seats and heated mirrors.
    As for color-keyed mirrors, all flavors of the C have color-keyed mirrors (painted to match mirrors). The C4's are additionally heated.

    The 2K difference to me would've been what I'd have to spend at a minimum to upgrade the wheels and tires out of pocket on a sub C4 unit. I preferred to keep everything Toyota OE.
  3. Dylan Murphy

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    Thank you for responding so soon. It rarely ever snows here so I'm not sure how important the heated anything is going to be to me, certainly not $2000 important I don't think.

    So you are saying that the wheels on a C4 are significantly better than on a C3? I know next to nothing about tires, I had read on here that the 16" wheels were rougher or what seemed to me to be less desireable but I thought that the 15" C3 wheels were the same as the 15" C4 wheels.

    edit: according to toyota.com:
    C3 standard 15-in. steel wheels with wheel covers and P175/65R15 86H tires
    optional 15-in. 8-spoke alloy wheels with P175/65R15 86H tires​
    C4 standard 15-in. 8-spoke alloy wheels with P175/65R15 86H tires
    optional 16-in. 8-spoke alloy wheels with P195/50R16 83V tires​

    so it seems the only difference is steel or alloy and 8 spoke vs whatever the other one is ....
  4. KaliforniaKid

    KaliforniaKid 2013 Prius V Five 2012 Priuc C Four

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    I can't say that the C4 tires (Bridgestone Turanza EL400 P175/65R15 84H) or the 8-spoke alloy wheels are "better" than the C3,2,1's steel wheel & hub cap combination. But I do know that it would cost over 2K just to upgrade to alloy wheels which was my personal preference. The same with the faux leather - I personally do not prefer cloth seats. I tried the cloth seats and they were not as plush or comfortable as the faux leather. I priced faux leather seat covers at around $350 but decided to keep everything OE Toyota build.

    Looks like it comes down to alloy wheels and faux leather (if you don't price in the heated seats & mirrors and fog lights).
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    With the 16" wheels, you will get a harsher ride, larger turning circle (37' vs 31' ft) and a couple of less mpg. Also, no LRR tires are available in 195/50/16. You gain improved handling, quicker steering rack and improved stability with the larger contact patch. And they fill out the wheel well and look nice imo.
  6. Dylan Murphy

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    Ah, I see, I Googled a couple things and now I at least have some idea as to why alloy wheels would be desirable over steel. I feel the same way about the seats as well, I suppose it is going to come down to what the dealers in my area have to offer that has a moonroof.
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    KaliforniaKid 2013 Prius V Five 2012 Priuc C Four

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    Good luck & good buying.
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  8. Dylan Murphy

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    Thank you for the clarification, this thread was helpful as well: Handling (15" vs 16" wheels) | PriusChat
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    Interestingly in Canada we have different packages, so I got alloy wheels at 15". As for the rest, I was used to the cloth seats in the corolla I drove previously. Those heated seats would have been nice in this chilly weather though!
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    Unfortunately, where I'm at (Columbia, SC) has very few C's with moonroofs, very few C4's and no C4's with moonroofs :(
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    Did anyone ever find out about any differences between 2012 & 2013 models?




    I just joined the site today but look to be a regular member after purchasing a C. I was hoping to find some information on the changes from the 2012 to the 2013. I read on here someone else's thread saying the dealer told him that it was just a change of model number.
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    There is a few threads about this... but a few of the changes are a better wrap on the steering wheel (at least for the 4 model), a jumper terminal attached to the fuse panel (at least on cars made after 2/13)... those are actually the only 2 that I can remember right now.
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