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Toyota’s Prius C Gets 53 MPG for Under $19K

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The all-new 2012 Toyota Prius C will officially become the automaker’s least expensive hybrid. When it goes on sale in March, it will have a base price of just $18,950.

At that price point, the Prius C is an amazing value if MPG is your top priority. The latest addition to the Prius family boasts the highest rated city fuel economy of any vehicle without a plug — 53/46/50 miles per gallon (city/highway/combined). But of course the five-door hatchback will also offer a bevy of features to make it just as comfortable as it is efficient.

Powering the Prius C is a Hybrid Synergy Drive 1.5-liter DOHC, 16-valve engine with VVT-i, a 60 hp permanent magnet AC synchronous motor, and a 144 volt nickel-metal hydride battery which generates 25.9 hp of electric propulsion for a total hybrid system net output of 99 horsepower.

There are a total of four trim levels, appropriately designated as One, Two, Three, Four (could it be Toyota’s homage to Space Balls?). Standard amenities include automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone controls and remote keyless entry. Opting for the range-toping Prius C Four model adds fog lights, 16-inch, eight-spoke alloy wheels, and premium SofTex trim with heated front seats.

Find more details on the 2012 Toyota Prius C below.

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2012 Toyota Prius C Press Release

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