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PriusCisanextraordinarylittlecar NEW TOYOTA IS CANADA’S MOST FUEL-EFFICIENT AND CHEAPEST HYBRID seats, which seems a bit unfair to Canadians.

THE LOOKS The highly aerodynamic, bullet-like shape of the C comes with interesting wavy character lines and a belt line that rises to the rear to emphasize motion. Its sculptured body is wider below the beltline and has well-defined, muscular rear fenders that give it a small but stocky, athletic stance. A claimed 0.28 coefficient of drag is very impressive for a car this size.

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t’s hard to believe that a car can actually achieve a 3.7 L/100 km city fuel economy rating, which is an incredible 81 mpg for those who still prefer to think in non-metric terms. The Prius C is Canada’s most fuel-efficient vehicle — a smaller version of the hybrid that started us down an auto electrification path that’s finally gaining consumer acceptance and marketing momentum. A base MSRP of $20,950 also makes the Prius C the lowest-priced new hybrid that you can buy in Canada. It’s surprisingly roomy on the inside due to clever space-saving design features and it can seat four or five adults with a surprisingly high level of comfort. Other than also having a full hybrid powertrain, the Prius C actually shares very little with the original Prius, now called Prius Liftback, or the larger new Prius V. In addition to its smaller

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The Prius C is Canada’s most fuel-efficient vehicle — a smaller version of the hybrid that started us down an auto electrification path that’s finally gaining consumer acceptance and marketing momentum. all-around exterior dimensions, the Prius C has a smaller gas engine (1.5 litre), gas tank (36 litre), hybrid battery pack (144 volt) and electric motors (45 kW). Yet because the Prius C is considerably lighter (248 kg, which is over 500 lbs.), it performs as well or better than its bigger brother. It also handles better, it’s

easier to park and it doesn’t feel much smaller when you get inside. The Honda Insight stands out as the most direct competitor for Prius C. It’s also a hybrid and although very close in size, it’s a little longer and heavier and not quite as fuel-efficient. Oddly enough, it’s very likely that competition in this market niche will be

good for both vehicles. Standard equipment in the Prius C includes automatic climate control, a Bluetooth hands-free connection for mobile phones and auxiliary audio connections. An optional Technology Package adds a navigation system, 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels, push button start, a “Smart Key” system, advanced

voice recognition with textto-speech connectivity and an advanced audio display. A “Premium Package” is also available and it includes the Technology Package plus 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a power moonroof, fog lamps and upgraded seats with Sof-Tex upholstery. You also have to get this top trim package in order to get heated front

While the cabin materials were mostly plastic, it isn’t cheap-looking. There is an interesting grainy texture to the finish, different colours and subtle lines crisscross through some of the panels. The overall effect is a clean, good quality experience. While I’m not a fan of the centrally positioned instrument panel, this one is compromisingly different as it’s offset to the driver’s side. Hopefully, the next redesign will move it all the back in front of the driver — where it belongs. Other niggles with the cabin include the placement of two drivemode switches on the floor by the park brake and non-adjustable shoulder lever seat belt anchors. Continued next page

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