Back of car seems really low to the ground! Agree?

Discussion in 'Prius c Main Forum' started by StarBrite310, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. StarBrite310

    StarBrite310 ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2005
    335
    23
    5
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius c
    Model:
    Three
    I know this may sound weird, but lately every time I am standing behind my car, I feel like the back bumper is really close to the ground and the whole back just seems really low to the floor. I am tall but not THAT tall at 5'7" and I can easily see the top of the car when I'm standing back there...opening the trunk etc.

    Does anyone else feel that the back seems low on their C? I am wondering if my tires need more air, but the light hasn't gone on or anything.

    I would appreciate it if anyone can measure what the bottom of their back bumper is to the ground. I'm gonna measure mine tomorrow and see. Thanks!
     
  2. BGGirl

    BGGirl Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2012
    480
    84
    0
    Location:
    Kentucky
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius c
    Model:
    Three
    Mine is about 12 1/2 inches from bottom edge to ground
     
  3. StarBrite310

    StarBrite310 ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2005
    335
    23
    5
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius c
    Model:
    Three
    Thank you, I appreciate you measuring. I will check mine later but 12 1/2 inches does seem like a rather small amount so maybe it's just the way the car is made.
     
  4. StarBrite310

    StarBrite310 ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2005
    335
    23
    5
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius c
    Model:
    Three
    Okay I didn't want to wait until tomorrow so I just checked my car. It too was about 12 1/2 inches, so I guess all is normal. It definitely does feel low though when I'm standing back there, but It seems that's the way it's supposed to be ;)
     
  5. BGGirl

    BGGirl Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2012
    480
    84
    0
    Location:
    Kentucky
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius c
    Model:
    Three
    I think the back is angled downward so it makes it seem shorter
     
  6. Erikon

    Erikon Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2009
    819
    105
    0
    Location:
    Rochester, NY
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    III
    I don't understand, from all the pics I've seen, the back bumper is angled upwards on the C, isn't it?
     
  7. ufourya

    ufourya We the People

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2008
    1,258
    335
    42
    Location:
    Texas
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius c
    Model:
    Two
    The back bumper is higher than the front or the middle of the car. Why are you worried about the back?

    IMG_3110 (800x485).jpg

    I am average in height, so I had this photo taken by a height-challenged assistant.
     
  8. StarBrite310

    StarBrite310 ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2005
    335
    23
    5
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius c
    Model:
    Three
    Yeah I think you are right!
     
  9. Erikon

    Erikon Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2009
    819
    105
    0
    Location:
    Rochester, NY
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    III
    The roofline slopes down, as it does on all the Prii, the raindrop areodynamics that help the cars get that great gas mileage! But the bumper is higher.
     
  10. ufourya

    ufourya We the People

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2008
    1,258
    335
    42
    Location:
    Texas
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius c
    Model:
    Two
    Just a note. The teardrop design ending in a pointed tail proved too impractical, so the next best thing is the kammback, named after Herr Kamm.

    Kammback - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
  11. Erikon

    Erikon Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2009
    819
    105
    0
    Location:
    Rochester, NY
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    III
    Of course I meant the general shape, imagine the complaints about trunk space if it was a literal teardrop shape, lol!
     
  12. BGGirl

    BGGirl Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2012
    480
    84
    0
    Location:
    Kentucky
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius c
    Model:
    Three
    I didn't say the back bumper was angled down- I said the back meaning as I am standing behind it, the back part of the car seems angled down which makes it seem shorter. ( or makes me feel tall!)
     
  13. Zythryn

    Zythryn Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2008
    5,485
    3,547
    1
    Location:
    Minnesota
    Vehicle:
    Other Electric Vehicle
    Model:
    N/A
    As I recall from looking at one at a dealership yesterday, isn't the bottom of the charge area pretty much level with the top of the back bumper? With little raised 'lip' between the cargo area and top of back bumper, it may give the illusion of being lower to the ground.
    That form is actually one of the touches I like most about the C. Makes loading and unloading much easier:)
     
    franathan likes this.
  14. ufourya

    ufourya We the People

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2008
    1,258
    335
    42
    Location:
    Texas
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius c
    Model:
    Two
    exactly

    Prius Tv with Tom Bell
     
Loading...