Consumer Reports doubles down, says Toyota Prius C 'isn't a good car'
Consumer Reports review of the all-new Toyota Prius C generated quite a stir when it hit the web late last month. The review, which called the vehicle “lackluster” and “cheap,” was praised by some and dismissed by others, including Cars.com. Considered one of the leading destinations for online car shoppers, Cars.com defended the Prius C for its overall value and impressive features. Now, when it seemed the dust was beginning to settle, Consumer Reports has decided to double down on its accusations in a new article.
The site’s new piece titled “The Toyota Prius C isn't a good car, and here's why,” continues the barrage against the new EV and does not mince words. Consumer Reports argues that supporters of the Prius C are simply “missing the point.” Although the car’s defenders point out great fuel economy, Consumer Reports claims solid mpg was not enough to merit a positive review.
According to Consumer Reports, the Prius C exhibited poor comprehensive test scores, which means that the vehicle cannot earn Consumer Report’s recommendation. In order to avoid appearing biased against Toyota, Consumer Reports indicates that Prius liftback and Prius V both received solid scores and recommendations.
While some supporters of the Toyota Prius C cited its gas mileage as a major selling point, others favored its seemingly affordable sticker price. Consumer Reports original video review of the Prius C stated, "If you want a $20,000 Prius, you should buy a used one." Even though this line received great criticism, Consumer Reports is standing by it.
Although $20,000 may be a reasonable price, Consumer Reports argues that its job is to judge the Prius C’s value in terms of its competitors. “Compared with other models you can buy, the Prius C proves to be really disappointing,” said Consumer Reports. The site went on to say, “It's a cheap car with an expensive drivetrain. We can't be any more clear than that.”
As if those words weren’t damaging enough, Consumer Reports’ latest article claims that none of its test drivers have wanted to drive the Prius C since its initial test run. And why doesn’t the Consumer Reports crew want to drive the vehicle? First off, it “feels like a penalty box” compared to other subcompacts. Furthermore, competitors like the Chevrolet Sonic and Hyundai Accent “feel like driving a Mercedes” compared to the Prius C, according to Consumer Reports.
What do you think of Consumer Reports’ new article? Did Consumer Reports need to defend their position or is it overkill?