Source: The Globe and Mail
quote: the C’s power-to-weight ratio, at about 25 pounds per horsepower, is only slightly better than your author’s. With better gearing, he might be able to get to 60 mph in about the same 11 or so seconds, too. Driven like a normal car, the C is, quite frankly, frustrating.It could have been higher but for a moment’s indiscretion during which we accelerated to 70 under wide-open throttle. [Wince.] Going up a steep hill. (As the miles pass, fidelity only gets harder.) The good news is that the Prius C actually is capable of accelerating to 70 mph uphill. We weren’t sure it’d be able to.We also wouldn’t want to drive a Prius C. It does have decent body control, but the car always seems to want to stop moving, like a fat guy who labors through each day motivated by the thought of his next opportunity to sit. The brake pedal offers a previously undiscovered combination of firm and squishy, giving the feel of a layer of foam rubber atop a two-by-four rigidly mounted to the firewall. And although top-spec cars get a different steering rack to go along with their 16-inch wheels, there’s little in the way of steering feel with either setup.
quote: If your goal is to enjoy driving, sure, by a Mazda.For the rest of the world, there is the Prius.
quote: If you calculated how much time you actually spend driving your car (sitting in traffic doesn't count) you would probably find that 90%-95% of the time your car is either parked, in traffic, or idling.