2012 Toyota Prius c Gets 53 MPG and It's Affordable
And with a starting price of less than $19,000, some are wondering if the Prius c might actually be the most affordable car in its class - despite the added cost of its hybrid engine.
First, it's important to note that the c comes standard with automatic transmission, power windows and locks, remote entry, USB input, Bluetooth, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Most other cars in the sub-compact class need hundreds or even thousands of dollars in additional options to match the Prius c's base offering.
When compared apples to apples, the Prius c actually comes in second place for affordability over a 5 year period. The Kicking Tires blog computed all the numbers.
As an added bonus, the resale value of hybrids usually hold up well, so the Prius c will probably have lower depreciation costs as well.
Despite a higher initial price, the Prius c should definitely be on your consideration list. But wait at least several months before buying one - I expect demand to be extremely high at first, which will make it very difficult to negotiate any deals.
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