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Selected Style 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
5-Door Wagon Manual L FWD (Natl)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door Wagon Manual FWD L 26 32 $17,808 $18,845
5-Door Wagon Automatic FWD L 25 32 $18,603 $19,685
5-Door Wagon Manual FWD S 21 28 $18,097 $19,565
5-Door Wagon Automatic FWD S 21 29 $19,199 $20,755
5-Door Wagon Automatic AWD S 20 26 $20,086 $21,715
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,003
$17,808
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,950
$18,845
Monthly Payment Estimate
$316 / month
$314 / 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. The 2012 Toyota Matrix combines the frugality of the best-selling Corolla with a little more sportiness and versatility--but it still comes up a bit short in features.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 53 mpg 26 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 46 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Small Station Wagon
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 50.8 43.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 52.3 53.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) 87.4 94.2
Second Head Room (in) 37.0 39.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 51.7 52.6
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7 41.6
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 51.0 52.3
Second Leg Room (in) 50.8 36.2
Front Head Room (in) 38.6 40.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 58.3 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 5.8
Length, Overall (in) 157.3 171.9
Height, Overall (in) 56.9 61.0
Track Width, Rear (in) 58.1 59.9
Wheelbase (in) 100.4 102.4
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 66.7 69.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - TBD - 49.4
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 17.1 19.8
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA 10.1 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) - TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.83 x 0.98 10.7 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 9.5 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 31.4 36.0
Steering Type Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 3.1
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P175/65R15 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size T125/70D16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P175/65R15 P205/55R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 225
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2500 2844
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 5.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 82 @ 4000 128 @ 4400
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 1.5L/- TBD - 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 73 @ 4800 132 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas/Electric I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 46 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 53 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 50 29
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) NA 3.17
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.31
Trans Type 1 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.25
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.90
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.19 4.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.89
Trans Description Cont. Continuously Variable Ratio Manual
Summary
Vehicle Name Toyota Prius c Toyota Matrix
Body Style Hatchback 5 Door Wagon
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.95 0.9
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.8
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 10 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 3.6 7.6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating - -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger - -
Overall Side Crash Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating Driver - -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat - -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat - -
Rollover Rating -
 
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