Toyota unveiled a handful of production and concept Aqua models at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. As you may recall, the Aqua will serve as the Prius C here in the United States when it lands at the Detroit Auto Show in early 2012. The Yaris-sized hatchback will come equipped with a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, though Toyota hasn't said what we can expect in terms of total output. We do know that the vehicle's svelte curb weight and smaller engine will likely translate into Prius-besting fuel economy numbers, so buyers can look forward to over 50 mpg in the city.The brightly-colored Aqua Kiriri Version and Aqua Piriri Version joined the production Aqua under the lights in Tokyo, giving the world a better idea of what the model could offer in terms of dealer modification. The little hatch looks sharp, and the fuel economy figures are enough to make anyone grin. … [Read more...] about Toyota Aqua concepts hint at Prius C possibilities
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Toyota is launching a hybrid version of the Yaris, and will likely be the European substitute for the Prius c/Aqua that Bertel drove just last week.Previewed in concept form last year, the Yaris Hybrid will be built in France and have the exact same drivetrain as the Prius c. Fuel economy should be about the same as well. Since the Yaris Hybrid is far too close to the Prius c (without any of the brand equity), look for it to remain unavailable to American consumers. … [Read more...] about A Prius c By Any Other Name Is A Yaris Hybrid
Like a confused teenager, the Toyota Prius C seems to be searching for its identity. Last year, Toyota’s littlest hybrid received a minor update that included the addition of a racy lower body kit; this year, the Prius C adopts a more SUV-like look.Marked by a new front end that includes redesigned headlights and a reshaped hood, the 2018 Prius C’s mug adds crossover-like design features such as silver accents on the front and rear fascias that mimic skid plates and black wheel arches that appear to convey a more off-road-ready attitude. Additionally, there’s a lightly revised interior that includes a refreshed center stack and an updated steering wheel.In spite of the 2018 Prius C’s new look, the model’s gasoline-electric powertrain is left unchanged. All Prius C models once again utilize a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two AC motor/generators that produce a combined 99 horsepower. The larger motor/generator is geared directly to the final-drive … [Read more...] about Toyota Prius C Adopts a Neo-SUV Look for 2018
The award for most-improved fuel economy in a single model year goes to the 2016 Mazda 2. Or rather, two model years. There is no 2015 version of the wee zoom-zoom hatch, and we still don’t have confirmation from Mazda on the timing of the 2016 model’s U.S. arrival. But the Environmental Protection Agency has the numbers for the new car, and they’re 23-percent higher (combined rating) versus the outgoing 2.With the six-speed automatic, the 2016 Mazda 2 gets 33 mpg city and 43 mpg highway, a major jump from the old car’s 28/34 mpg. The six-speed manual isn’t far off at 31 mpg city, 42 mpg highway, again a major improvement over the 2014 five-speed model’s 29/35 mpg. The Mazda 2 uses the company’s new 1.5-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder, which boasts direct injection, high compression, and other internal tricks. It’s shared with the overseas-market Miata and makes 129 horsepower at 7000 rpm and 111 lb-ft of torque at 4800 rpm. Likely, we … [Read more...] about Sky(activ) High: 2016 Mazda 2 EPA Fuel Economy Is Out, the Car Isn’t
During my week with the Toyota Prius c (reviewed previously by Alex) I averaged about 62 miles-per-gallon. On my standard suburban run to the kids’ school, the trip computer once reported 82 mpg, and topped 70 mpg a number of times. But drive the Prius c “normally” with the A/C on, and the gas engine gets a little noisy and fuel economy “plummets” into the low 50s, as attested by the trip computer for my wife’s stints in the car and by the EPA (53 city, 46 highway, 50 combined). If a car achieves much better numbers only when driven in a special way, does it count? Or, if the engine somewhat noisily struggles under moderately heavy acceleration, should the car not be recommended at all?The special method for getting the most out of a full hybrid is fairly simple in theory, but not always so simple in practice. A feathery foot on the go pedal is only part of it, and the easiest part at that (if one can ignore the faces in the rearview mirror). A light … [Read more...] about Toyota Prius c: Should Allowances Be Made For Cars With Special Needs?
From the April 2013 Issue of Car and Driver We were impressed when Ford announced that the 2013 Fusion hybrid earned an EPA rating of 47 mpg for both city and highway driving. Here was a generously sized and relatively conventional-looking sedan rivaling the efficiency of the Toyota Prius. Then we racked up a mere 32 mpg in our road test [December 2012]. That’s par for our foot-down driving style, but even when we drove more sedately, we had difficulty coaxing the Fusion’s trip computer to show any number that started with a 4. It turns out we weren’t alone. In early December, a California law firm filed a class-action suit against Ford, charging fraud and “widespread misleading and deceptive advertisements” for the fuel economy of the Fusion and C-Max hybrids. The complaint cited Consumer Reports’s fuel-economy testing, in which the Fusion hybrid achieved only 39 mpg, or 17 percent below the 47-mpg rating. The Ford … [Read more...] about These Tests Failed You: Why Is the EPA So Bad at Estimating Hybrid Fuel Economy?
The letter “c” represents “city” in the Prius c name. Designed to function as an urban-friendly vehicle with an engaging driving experience, hatchback utility, and a city fuel economy rating of 53 mpg, Prius c offers the highest city mpg rating of any vehicle without a plug. The all-new Prius c joins the Prius Family, which includes the third generation Prius Liftback, the versatile new Prius v and the Prius Plug-in Hybrid, which will debut in early 2012. Beginning with the first generation fourteen years ago, over two million Prius units have been sold worldwide. Prius remains the world’s premier eco-vehicle brand, and has made great strides establishing consumer trust in hybrid technology. With Prius c, Toyota will make the market’s most proven hybrid technology available to subcompact car shoppers with a starting MSRP below $19,000. Unique Place in the Prius Family A gateway product into the Prius … [Read more...] about 2012 Toyota Prius C
The 2018 Toyota Camry will be priced from $24,380, including delivery, when it goes on sale this summer — a $425 increase compared with the base 2017 Camry.Riding on an evolution of the Prius and C-HR’s Toyota New Global Architecture, the 2018 Camry is an all-new design for the first time since the 2012 model year. Market positioning is key, even for a Camry that’s been America’s best-selling car for 15 consecutive years, as demand for midsize sedans is quickly falling and even Toyota is seeing greater interest in the RAV4 than the historically dominant Camry. With new competitors approaching from Honda and Nissan, Toyota isn’t fooling around with this hugely important launch.All eighth-generation Camrys are equipped with an eight-speed automatic. There’s essentially no tangible weight increase. The Camry offers the most standard horsepower in the midsize segment, the optional 3.5-liter V6 now produces 301 horsepower, and all Camrys now include … [Read more...] about 2018 Toyota Camry Prices and Fuel Economy Ratings – More Money, More Power, More MPGs
It started last year. Toyota, in concert with upgrading the Prius C with Toyota Safety Sense C added a matte black bodykit to the lower portions of the 2017 Prius C.But for 2018, the Toyota Prius C is a veritable off-roader — a Rubicon-rolling, 4×4 river-fording FJ Cruiser successor.The 2018 Prius C’s black cladding reaches up and around the wheel arches, and that cladding is interrupted at the Prius C’s chin by skidplate-aping metallic accents, heaven forfend.Although the Toyota Prius C has migrated from the passenger car world to the trail-running SUV arena with nary a ride height increase and the same front-wheel-drive architecture, Toyota has managed to avoid fuel economy degradation. The 2018 Prius C is rated at 48 miles per gallon city, 43 highway, and 46 mpg combined, same as before.More seriously, is crossoveresque styling enough to spur a measure of demand for the oft-rejected Prius C? Relatively uncommon upon its debut, U.S. Prius C sales peaked at … [Read more...] about Oh No They Didn’t: Overnight, Toyota Turns 2018 Prius C Into a Land Cruiser Pretender
There must be something about being the world’s most powerful automaker that makes you just, you know, wanna spread some branding around like your showroom is a big slice of bread and your best-loved nameplates are just sweet, sweet chrome jelly. How else can you explain Toyota’s attempt to expand the “Prius” into a three-car lineup, in the same way that General Motors gave us a veritable squadron of Cutlasses in the early ’80s?The original Prius, now in its fourth and most bizarre-looking iteration yet, is an unmitigated triumph that probably has more millionaire owners than the Bentley Flying Spur, but at the same time is often the car of choice for cost-conscious Midwestern families. The Prius V, on the other hand … well, let’s just say that it isn’t flying off showroom floors. The Prius C has been just as unpopular with buyers while also managing to become the subject of several negative reviews, including a one-out-of-five-star recap … [Read more...] about The Fragile Second Act Of The Prius C