Compare 2012 Toyota Matrix vs 2012 Toyota Prius C

2012 Toyota Matrix
2012 Toyota Prius C
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5-Door Wgn Automatic L FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Matrix 5-Door Wgn Automatic L FWD 25 32 $18,603 $19,685
Matrix 5-Door Wgn Automatic S AWD 20 26 $20,086 $21,715
Matrix 5-Door Wgn Automatic S FWD 21 29 $19,199 $20,755
Matrix 5-Door Wgn Manual L FWD 26 32 $17,808 $18,845
Matrix 5-Door Wgn Manual S FWD 21 28 $18,097 $19,565
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5-Door HB Four
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Prius c 5-Door HB Four 53 46 $21,625 $23,230
Prius c 5-Door HB One 53 46 $18,003 $18,950
Prius c 5-Door HB Three 53 46 $20,140 $21,635
Prius c 5-Door HB Two 53 46 $18,706 $19,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,603
$21,625
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,685
$23,230
Monthly Payment Estimate
$328 / month
$387 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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
City
25 mpg 53 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 46 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Station Wagon Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
52.3 51.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.2 87.4
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 50.8
Front Head Room (in)
40.5 38.6
Second Hip Room (in)
43.7 50.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.3 52.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
39.3 37.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.6 51.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 41.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.9 58.1
Wheelbase (in)
102.4 100.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.5 66.7
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8 58.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.8 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
171.9 157.3
Height, Overall (in)
61.0 56.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
49.4 - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
19.8 17.1
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 x - TBD - 10.83 x 0.98
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.1 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 9.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.0 31.4
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/55R16 P175/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/55R16 P175/65R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact T125/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
225 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2888 2500
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
5.8 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas/Electric I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
128 @ 4400 82 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 1.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
132 @ 6000 73 @ 4800
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 50
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 46
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 53
Transmission
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.24 3.19
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Continuously Variable Ratio
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.85 NA
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Type
4 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.34 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.55 NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Toyota Matrix Toyota Prius c
Body Style
5 Door Wagon Hatchback
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.8 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.9 0.95
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 3.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 10
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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