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Selected Style 5-Door Sportback ES FWD
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door Sportback FWD ES 24 32 $17,618 $18,395
5-Door Sportback FWD GT 22 29 $20,444 $21,345
5-Door HB One (Natl)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door HB One 53 46 $18,003 $18,950
5-Door HB Two 53 46 $18,706 $19,900
5-Door HB Three 53 46 $20,140 $21,635
5-Door HB Four 53 46 $21,625 $23,230
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,618
$18,003
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,395
$18,950
Monthly Payment Estimate
$307 / month
$316 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Toyota Prius C takes full advantage of the other Prius models' hybrid system, but it's smaller, leaner and--perhaps most importantly--more affordable.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 24 mpg 53 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 32 mpg 46 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors 4 -
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 53.3 51.0
Second Leg Room (in) 35.9 50.8
Front Head Room (in) 39.6 38.6
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Hip Room (in) 54.1 50.8
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 52.3
Second Head Room (in) 36.8 37.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.3 51.7
Front Leg Room (in) 42.3 41.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 94.5 87.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.2 58.1
Wheelbase (in) 103.7 100.4
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.4 66.7
Track Width, Front (in) 60.2 58.3
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.5 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 180.4 157.3
Height, Overall (in) 59.3 56.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 46.6 - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 13.8 17.1
Brakes
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 8.0 - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.9 x - TBD - 10.83 x 0.98
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 8.0 x - TBD - NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 9.5
Steering
Steering Type Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.09 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.9 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 32.8 31.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/60R16 P175/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/60R16 P175/65R15
Spare Tire Size T145/70D16 T125/70D16
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3021 2500
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 120 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas/Electric I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 145 @ 4200 82 @ 4000
Engine Order Code 4B11 NA
Displacement 2.0L/122 1.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 148 @ 6000 73 @ 4800
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 27 50
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 46
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 53
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 1.75 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Order Code NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 5.41 3.19
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Continuously variable ratio Continuously Variable Ratio
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.35 - 0.52 NA
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Type 1 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Toyota Prius c
Body Style 5 Door Hatchback Hatchback
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.79 0.95
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.9 3.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 10
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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