2012 vs 2013 — What changed between model years?

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  1. krlytle

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    Looking for the list of differences between 2012 and 2013 model years. I haven't been able to find it anywhere. Maybe in older threads?

    I'm planning on purchasing a Prius c (either trim 2 or trim 3) tomorrow. There are quite a few 2012's still left on dealer lots where I live in the SF Bay area (all trim models).

    I'm on a tight budget, so with dealer discounting and low financing, I thought I'd buy a 2012, but would like to know what the differences are. Toyota dealership sales people have not been able to tell me.
     
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    At the LA Auto show, I asked and they said nothing.
     
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    I just bought a 12 rather than 13. Couldn't find any differences either.
     
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    For starters:

    - 2013 has the 12V battery terminals under the hood
    - Some of the 2013 C models have their steering wheels wrapped in SofTex
     
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    I guess I should have clarified....I couldn't see any cosmetic changes to the 13. My 12 has the steering wheel wrapped in SofTex.
     
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    The dashes are all black for 2013. Rather than the two toned 2/3 of 2012.
     
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    Any pics of the battery terminals? That's a pretty convenient change.
     
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    Thanks for the update. I guess I overlooked that one....
     
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    My Australian 2012 c i-Tech has an all-black dash... it's good. :)

    With respect to Softex steering wheels, this is a feature for the C4 only (or the i-Tech here).
     
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    M.y Prius 4 has the SofTex so who knows?? She's a 12
     
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    Keep in mind this is the c forum - is yours a c?
     
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    Didn't see................sorry!!!
     
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    I don't like that change. I prefer the 2 tone color.
     
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    I don't have any offhand but I believe it's mentioned/depicted in the 2013 manual.
     
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    There's two versions of the 2013 manual on their website. The second version shows a jump start terminal in the driver's side fuse box in the engine bay, for the positive jumper lead.

    jumpstartterminal.JPG
     
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    that's really nice. Makes it so much more convenient to hook up a battery tender, or even wire up some electronics.
     
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    I would love the all black interior.
     
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    My 2012 C4, the dash is all black.
     
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    Hm, I wonder how much effort it would take to replace or repaint the dash. I am new (came from a Toyota Matrix) and it was all black internally. So nice. The grey in the Prius C (2012, model 2) isn't that appealing in comparison.
     
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    Just change out the pieces to black ones. Cost me $125 shipped from an online Toyota OEM parts dealer.
     
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