Tested a c4 today. I was impressed.

Discussion in 'Prius c Main Forum' started by Bob-blehead, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. Bob-blehead

    Bob-blehead Junior Member

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    I headed over to Bay City today to test drive some Prii and a Corolla. Only had time to test drive the Corolla and the Prius c4. I currently drive a '12 Rav4, and I had established that whatever I wind up buying, it has to drive at least as well as my Rav4, if not better.

    I started with a Corolla LE Premium. The car gets good gas mileage, has a lot of the features I would like on a car, and cost less than Prius. Actually, it cost less than the Prius c4. I was impressed with it. Then the salesman asked if there were anything else I wanted to try out. I mentioned that I have had an interest in the Prius C, and wanted to try one just to see if it would get ruled out.

    I found myself pleasantly pleased with the Prius C. I wasn't really sure what to expect, outside of reviews that I have read, and watched on YouTube. The car was quieter than I expected, and seemed to handle getting on the freeway just fine. I was also pleased with the ease of ingress and egress, which is an important factor for us, having had experience with a '12 Honda Civic that we felt was more difficult to get into and out of, especially if you are doing so a number of times a day. My primary concern is the firmness of the seat bottoms. My wife has an issue with her tailbone, and this could be a problem. I think the seats in the Corolla were more comfortable.

    I have to take the Rav4 over next week to get an appraisal, and I'll drive a Prius just to complete the comparison. But I was very pleased with the C. I would require an extended test drive before I made a final decision on it, but at this point, I am seriously considering the purchase of the Prius C. It is a very easy car to drive, and it is actually quieter than either the Rav4, or our '12 Camry XLE. Now, the Camry is due some new rubber, which could make a difference, but with two hefty guys in the front seat, the package hauled us around our test route just fine. I'll update as we move through this process. Certainly after I drive the Prius and Prius V next week.
     
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    I have to warn you if you get a Prius C, you'll likely end up getting 50 miles per gallon.
     
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    Haha, I know how you feel. I wasn't even considering a Toyota when I was looking around for a new car. I was debating between a Mazda 3, a Ford Focus, and Honda Civic. Then I went with my sister so she could look at a Corolla and Camry, and as I browsed the lot I noticed there was a Prius model that was much shorter than the regular liftback.

    We went on a Saturday, and I came back on Monday to look at it again and take one of those new fangled Prius c for a test drive. Coming from a 93 Honda Civic, it was roughly the same acceleration-wise, but it was my first time driving a hybrid, and I was quite surprised at the engine shutting off at a stop light. And when I finished the test drive, the comp said I avg'd about 44 mpg, which I suppose wasn't terrible for a cold March day.

    Though I test drove a c3, I ultimately got a c4 from a different dealership (was intending to get a c3 cheaper, but the other dealership sold the day I called to schedule a test drive).

    I'm pretty happy with my c4, and have been averaging 58 mpg so far this summer. It handled the rough winter we just went through fairly well too with some snow tires (spun out on my civic and hit a curb because I was too cheap to get it for that car, so didnt' want to repeat that mistake).
     
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    nice write up, hope to see you here in your new C, all the best!(y)
     
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    The Prius C is a nice car, as long as you expect it to be an eco-box. My Passat was better all around. Besides the fuel economy, of course. But that's also in a diff segment considering it's a $30K MSRP car vs. $20K MSRP car. I only put 50 miles on it so far and I like it. No regrets. Trying to consistently get over 60 mpg, using ev only, and working on a 80+ Eco score is fun.
     
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    Bob-blehead said: "It is a very easy car to drive, and it is actually quieter than either the Rav4, or our '12 Camry XLE."
    and smackdownC said: "The Prius C is a nice car, as long as you expect it to be an eco-box."

    I'd be amazed if the first statement could be verified by measurements on a highway, where the C's engine can be heard complaining "You drive too fast, what's your hurry?" Around town the C is very quiet. If you do much highway driving the Prius Liftback or V may make sense.
    For parking and nimble in-town handling the C is great. smackdownC is correct that the C is a very nice eco-box.

    I have 10 months and 12000 miles on my C and wouldn't trade it for any vehicle, but I bought it so we would have one vehicle that offered crazy-good economy. It can really deliver on that score, especially if the routes you drive have low speed limits. (Another PR this weekend: 82 MPG on a 200 mile round trip.) The front seats have been fair-to-good on 400 mile trips. (We don't drive slowly on those trips.) I agree that ingress is better than some Honda models. I didn't even test drive the Insight because of that. (I'm 6' 2")
    My Mom has no trouble getting in and out of the C and she's, well... let's just say into her 80s.

    Welcome to PriusChat and good luck with whatever new wheels you get.
     
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    My wife loves our C; our Daughter loves hers too.
    I like it well enough.......around town and for short trips.
    I don't consider it a really good highway car......especially if you are over 50 or so......but many people seem fine with it on the highway too.
     
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    I live in Houston, even the hot temperatures I usually get 60MPG driving it carefully, normal drive it is hard to get less than 50MPG
     
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    An econo-box. Yeah, I know, but I seem to like the small cars. Used to own an early-80's Ford Escort, an 80's imported Ford Fiesta, and '97 (?) Dodge Neon. I loved driving each and every one of them. As econo-boxes go, the C isn't too bad. Most of the mileage on the vehicle would be around town . . . not a lot of highway miles.

    As it turns out, we are not in a position to move on the C at this time. Perhaps once we get the lease on my Rav down to 6 months left, we might be in a better position to do something. That's fine. Even if we wait until next July when we turn the vehicle in, that will just allow us to consider other vehicles, including the used car market. We'll see.
     
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    Just a slight anecdote. I went to test drive a used 2012 prius plug in, and while I liked it, I balked at the price though it was understandable considering they're normally not sold in WI for some reason.

    When I got home taking normal streets and using a combination of normal driving and some hybrid techniques when there wasn't 5 cars behind me (so it was mostly "normal" driving lol), I averaged 74.3 mpg. Was kind of surprised it went that high. It was about 10 miles from the dealer to my house, and I hit a lot of stop lights too (where the cars had a chance to bunch up behind me).
     
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    I find it hard to believe that the c had a better ride than the Camry XLE. I had a 1999 XLE and a 2010 SE, and both of them have better rides than our '11 Prius Hatchback with LRR tires. Much more road noise is transmitted into the Prius cabin.

    You mentioned your XLE has worn tires, new tires would improve the ride a lot. Especially tires like Goodyear ComforTread(sp.?) that are designed for low road noise and have an extra belt for comfort.

    Of the three Prius vehicles, the v will have the best ride due to the extra length and width of the wheelbase, and a couple hundred more pounds of weight. The c will have the choppiest ride due to lighter weight and short wheelbase.
     
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    I traded in my 2008 Hyundai Elantra in May for a C3 -- I am amazed at how much smoother and quieter the C3 ride is, and how much better it handles on curvy mountain roads! And even in the mountains it gets mid-50s mpgs.
     
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    i am considering buying a used prius c too, still weighing out other options. the only set back is how it handle son road trips I want to do a lot of road trips when college is over. I am waiting til next may to buy so maybe prices I want will be lower, but miles will be higher too. I am seeing more and more in my area( witha few major highways) and they seem to keep up in traffic just fine I just wonder if that task is a struggle. but you know even on its bad day it doubles the MPG of my current car.
     
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    My concern about those seats is they seemed a bit thin although I really like the black, so I'm curious to see how yours would hold up (if you get a package four).
     
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    Yeah, exactly!
     
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    First off, what motivation would I have to lie about my impressions of the ride between the two vehicles? None. And I had just ridden in the Camry to the dealer, so it was easy for me to make a direct comparison. Now, you might ride in them, one right after another, and come up with a totally different impression. We all look for different things in our cars. For me, I liked the C better.

    You mentioned the ComforTreads . . . interesting that you did so, as I had mentioned those very tires to my wife about two weeks ago. My concern with them is how fast they will wear. I like how quiet and comfortable Goodyear tires are, but my experience has been that they don't last nearly as long as their tread warranty. I have had good experiences with Cooper Tourings (CS4) in the past. The new CS5 has my interest.

    And generally, I agree with your assessment between the v and the c. But the higher mpg and the lower cost would warrant (for me) going with the c over the v. I do plan on testing all three Prius models before I pull the trigger, just to be sure.
     
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    Just curious . . . did you happen to test a newer model of the Elantra before purchasing the c? If you did, did you notice a difference between the '08 and the newer model?
     
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