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  • jeyebolt2003 jeyebolt2003 Jun 23, 2012 9:29 AM Flag

    Toyota C gets a F grade

    There are also some plain giveaways underfoot. Because the battery capacity is smaller—0.9 kWh, compared with the bigger Prius’s 1.3 kWh—the car’s EV mode rarely seems to be available, due to insufficient charge. The CVT transmission has a “B” for “battery” slot in the shift gate, which tells the computers to increase the regenerative braking effect, but it doesn’t seem to do much since the electrons have nowhere to go.

    The c’s rather one-dimensional powertrain behavior undermines one of the Prius’s essential pleasures. Anyone who has driven these cars knows that part of the fun—the nerdy, too-embarrassing-to-talk-about fun—is marveling at its relentless ciphering, the endless fretting over every amp-hour and BTU. For all the energy-flow graphs and readouts on the c, those pleasures are largely missing.

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