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About Toyota Prius C

Benefiting from the success of Toyota Prius, Toyota Prius C has been produced by a renowned Japanese automotive manufacturer Toyota Motor Corporation since December 2011 as a full hybrid gasoline-electric subcompact hatchback. As the entry-level model of Prius family as well as one of the least expensive hybrids on sale, Prius C is the smallest hybrid that combines the features of a Yaris-sized car with a hybrid powertrain. Also known as the Toyota Aqua, which means "Water" in Latin, "C" in its name stands for "City". It even was ranked by the EPA as the 2012 most fuel efficient compact car.
Toyota Prius C made its debut in the United States at the January 2012 North American International Auto Show and went on sale in March 2012 in the North American market. Before that, the Prius C concept car had been unveiled at the January 2011 North American International Auto Show. It comes with four trim levels named Prius C One, Two, Three and Four. Toyota Prius C is powered by a 1.5 L inline 4-cylinder engine paired with two electric motors to produce 99 horsepower in total. And power is sent through a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) to the front wheels.

Toyota Prius C Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

Having earned a reputation for unmatched fuel economy, interior refinement, hatchback versatility and affordable price, it is no wonder that Toyota Prius C is one of Toyota's fastest-selling vehicles. Even so, you still need to focus on these common problems with the Prius C in advance:
First, engine failure is an unavoidable and helpless issue for any driver including Toyota Prius C drivers. What you could do is to diagnose and solve it as soon as possible before it causes worse situations. According to some Prius C drivers with mechanical knowledge background, you could learn about these symptoms to confirm this issue. First of all, metallic sounds from the engine, dirty exhaust from the exhaust pipe and leaking coolant on the ground. Secondly, engine performance reduces so that it runs roughly, misfires, stalls, struggles in starting or loses power while acceleration. At last, before it gives up on you completely, if the Check Engine Light comes on, please replace the Prius C air filter, intake manifold gasket, throttle body gasket, oil filter and EGR valve gasket immediately.
Second, suspension issue on Toyota Prius C is also a very severe issue as many drivers have a misunderstanding about it so that they have not attached enough importance to it until a fatal accident happens. Most Prius C drivers said that they could hear clunking or squeaking noises from underneath the vehicle when driving or turning, and the tire wear gradually become uneven and excessive, which is also the main reason of vehicle tending to tilt to one side; furthermore, the intense car vibration and sluggish response in handling because of loose steering wheel have the ability to drag you into dangers any time. thus, once above symptoms arise, please inspect the Prius C wheel bearing, coil springs, coil spring insulator, strut housing and sway bar bushing as soon as you can.
An experienced Toyota Prius C driver must be aware of the significance of routine maintenance on the vehicle. For Prius C, some electrical parts are very vulnerable due to a high frequency of usage and once they start to wear, they all could cause catastrophe. Thus, please maintaining the power door lock, headlight and cruise control switch regularly. Other parts such as cabin air filter that undertakes the responsibility of filtering contaminants in the air to make sure occupants with respiratory diseases have less possibility to get allergic as well as wiper blade and wiper arm that plays an important role in offering excellent visibility under harsh conditions, they should be on your routine maintenance list, too.
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