As anyone reading this blog knows all too well, fuel isn't going to concede to your wallet's cries of anguish. Unfortunately the price is very likely to hit $5 per gallon (or beyond), and as such it's time for you to start thinking about a more fuel efficient car - and we've got a new Prius model here that you might be interested in: the Prius c compact hybrid. But you also have other options and we know that; take Ford's Fiesta SES for example, a comparable vehicle in size and (supposedly) efficiency (less the Hybrid Synergy Drive technology of course). Let's take a look at a few things the Prius c offers that a competitor like the Ford simply cannot.
While we discuss this, be sure to keep in mind the fact that Dan Luneau, Co-owner of handycars, explicitly warned you in his last blog not to simply sell your gas guzzler in exchange for a new hybrid or fuel efficient, smaller car. Dan's been in the business since the early 1970s and has seen this phenomenon occur before, and the truth of the matter is we often can't give top dollar for gas guzzler, late model year cars that have no future home. If you're coming on the end of a lease or your car is getting on in miles/years then by all means come in and see us, and if you really want a new Prius c or some such we'll not stop you, we just want to be clear.
2012 Toyota Prius c vs. 2012 Ford Fiesta SES
Top Prius Advantages
The Prius c has advanced tech to keep you connected while on the road and make your driving experience easier and more enjoyable.
- Touch Tracer - keep your eyes on the road with the innovative display of steering wheel-mounted controls. Fiesta doesn't offer this.
- Dispaly Audio with Navigation and Entune - Entune on the Prius c Three is among the most sophisticated in-car communications and infotainment system available, and the Fiesta's SYNC doesn't offer the same functionality. View details on Toyota's Entune system to learn more about the new head units.
- Smart Key and Push-button Starting - remote keyless entry is nothing new, but the emergence of push-button starting as a standard feature is. The Prius c offers the convenience of remote locks the push-button starting feature on Prius c Three's and up; on the Fiesta it's an add-on item.
The biggest draw of the all new Prius c is the names you know: Toyota, Prius, and Hybrid Synergy Drive. For over a dozen years Toyota's Prius has earned top marks in the Hybrid and automotive worlds, and the Prius c adds to the legacy.
- Outstanding Fuel Economy - currently rated by the EPA at 53 mpg city and 50 mpg combined, the Prius c's smaller size and 1.4-liter engine allows for unrivaled fuel economy.
- Lower Weight - the overall car's weight accounts for the fuel economy of course, and dropping the original Prius to Prius c allows for the new 53 mpg city.
- Toyota Care - as if saving gas money wasn't good enough and a $20,000 starting point, Prius c owners also get Toyota Care for scheduled maintenance.
Nimble, City-focused Design
Cars in the compact segment work really well in the city, and the c in Prius c is for just that: the Prius city. When traffic is thick and parking spaces are tight, the Prius c outperforms the Fiesta.
- Tighter Turning Circle - from rush hour traffic to parking spaces and garages, the Prius c makes easy work of tight spaces.
- Short Length - when compared to the Fiesta, a small car in its own right, the Prius c is smaller, allowing for more maneuverability.
Sophisticated Climate Control
The Prius c Three has a few features normally only found on luxury cars.
- Automatic Climate Control - unlike the Fiesta, Prius c Three owners get auto climate control for perfect temperatures with no effort.
- Steering-wheel-mounted HVAC Controls - while Fiesta drivers are looking down to change heat controls, Prius c Three owners have the dials at their fingertips, sitting on the steering wheel.
For more on the Toyota Prius c, check out our Prius c inventory today.
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