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Cars.com has evidently taken issue with a Consumer Reports video review featured on Autoblog advising consumers that they would be better off buying a used "regular" Prius instead of a 2012 Prius C.

Consumer Reports shouldn't have passed on recommending the Prius C, Cars.com argues: "CR's low testing scores for the Prius C stand in stark contrast to our impressions of the hybrid."

Indeed. Cars.com gushes over the tiny hybrid, saying it might even pick the C over the regular Prius. Furthermore, in attempt to poke CR just a little more, Cars.com notes that used Prius prices are the highest they've been in six months, so looking for a deal there might not make for smart consumer advice.

In a final twist, Cars.com says it didn't name the Yaris-based C as one of its Best Bets, in part, because it relies on Consumer Reports reliability surveys as one metric to qualify any vehicle as a Best Bet. The 2013 C doesn't have enough data to say how reliable it will ultimately be.


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      Jo Anne or Al
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interesting, CR does tests for their ratings, and Cars.com gives impressions!
      victor.laslow
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let's see, Consumer Reports, a completely independent, objective, testing agency with decades of proven credibility behind it, versus WHO? Snort, chuckle, LOL, LMFAO!! Cars.com picked the wrong folks to go after.
      usci1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Car evaluations are subjected to variable influences as well as non standard performance parameters. The evals should be read with an open mind. Nevertheless, the best way to get information about a particular vehicle is to visit the auto dealer and test drive the vehicle and read the technical brochures. You can make mental notes (or written) when you test drive several vehicles you are interested in. Always worked for me. I haven't had a car I was unhappy with in over 40 years! Currently I drive a 2012 Honda Accord EX-L SWEET ride.
      hq129x
      • 3 Years Ago
      CR doesnt live in the real world, CR needs a reality check.
      Rhianon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll stick with my gas guzzling Avalon. It's a nice smooth comfortable ride around town or on long road trips. Little cars are just death traps. Safety should be thought about first.
      Joe
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hybreds date back to the first practical submarines and are hardly anything new. We need to learn how to make affordable ones now because these days, most people can't afford a 20K car or it's payments. The goverment would do better if they offered to refund the buyer of such a vehicle half it's cost if they meet a certain income level like 50k or less a year. We would become less dependent on oil and the savings would go back into the system because unlike Big Banks who hoard money, the average American will spend it.
      Jim
      • 3 Years Ago
      If a publication writes a bad (although accurate) review, the manufactures are not gonna let em test their stuff first anymore. However, people are going to pick up their publication first because they tell the truth. Out of all motor publications 90% of them will write a positive review so they don't get banned. And if it is a terrible car, they wont say it's terrible. They will fluff it over. They don't care if you buy a lemon. Just as long as they don't get banned. The truthful publications will STILL get a hold of the car. Ya just gotta wait and see what they say, or pay out your poop shoot. Only trust publications that will be brutally honest if a car is crap or not.
      John Smith
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's smaller, less comfortable, noiser, and chintzier-looking than a regular Prius. The AC and radio controls look like a total afterthought in the cabin. All that while not getting significantly better mileage, or being significantly cheaper. Hence - bad value. Had it cost $12,000, or returned 70 MPG, the faults would be forgivable. But at the current MSRP, it's not THAT much cheaper than a nicer, and more comfortable Prius.
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @John Smith
        But it is significantly cheaper: It starts at $5,000 less than the regular flavor, that's a big deal especially in the lower end of the market.
        Camaroman101
        • 3 Years Ago
        @John Smith
        5 grand off a $24000 car is significantly cheaper, almost 20% cheaper
      Mike Fernandez
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not a hybrid guy by any means but I love the look of the Prius C. These things are selling like hot-cakes over here in San Francsico. Nice to see a little spunk be brought into that market segment.
        jj360
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike Fernandez
        Do you work for toyota? These cars are hideous.
        jj360
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike Fernandez
        FYI Mike: Last century SF was a cultural hotbed. This century it's a hotbed of middle aged executives dorks dressed in REI clown suits.
          Mike Fernandez
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jj360
          That just made you sound like a ignorant fool... last I checked SF/Silicon valley are still the epicenter of creativity and technology fueling some of the largest companies. Tech is also playing a larger part in the auto industry, think Microsoft's killer SYNC system.
      SheldonRoss
      • 3 Years Ago
      Prius people seem a lot like Apple devotees. Say anything remotely negative about them, and the acolytes will denounce and attack you.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is hilarious. Two of the worst car information services around arguing of the most boring car made.
        Rob J
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        And what is also currently one of the hottest selling models in the world. Would you rather they argue over $500,000 super cars that their readers will never drive?
          David Donovan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          And the Camry is one of the best selling cars in America yet nobody would say that it's a drivers car and is a hell of a lot of fun to drive. Hottest selling doesn't equal "the best"
          RocketRed
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          And I may only eat at a place ike Per Se a few times in my life but I am much more interested to read about it than see a report of what it's like to consume a Big Mac under McDonalds' glaring flourescent lights. People here are just not that thrilled to hear about Big Macs' automotive equivalents, OK?
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        It's not even the most boring car Toyota makes right now - that's the base model Corolla - let alone the most boring car ever made. But, you know, hyperbole.
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm don't understand the debate about this car. Sure, we can argue about styling and the purpose of hybrids in general. But it IS a hybrid so deal with that and base your judgemnent on that. It doesn't have a direct competitor? Well, is it the Toyota's fault? It's designed to be affordable, it's a small car, it has great mileage. It has equipment that's extremely rare in this segment. It's a great little car, it does exactly what it's been designed to do and it does it perfectly.
        TheLeadFoot
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Myself
        What equipment is extremely rare?! It looks bog standard in terms of available equipment. Nothing special for the segment.
          - v o c t u s -
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TheLeadFoot
          clear taillights /sarcasm
          Myself
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TheLeadFoot
          If I remember correctly, the bluetooth integration. CR said it was unusual touting it as a negative feature....
          graphikzking
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TheLeadFoot
          On the Prius C Forums (yes they actually have their own forums just like normal car buyers), they are all getting 60 mpg. In the gas vs diesel pricing here in Pennsylvania - a diesel would have to get nearly 68mpg in order to be equal to this car in fuel fill up pricing. I know that isn't everywhere, but at least here it is the case. Whether you live in the city or suburbs or the sticks that should really affect which car you would choose as well. If you live in the rolling countryside you can get solid gas mileage out of a diesel. Go to a major city and get caught in some stop and go traffic and watch your mileage drop to the low 20's. I still think this car is priced a little high. The Yaris hatch can be had for a little over $2900 cheaper. The payback at 55mpg versus 35mpg is really like 80,000 miles. I think the payback should be closer to a 4 year to make it more worthwhile. (60,000miles) and then I would consider it if I were in the market for a car of that size.
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