Toyota Prius C
Toyota Prius C
The Prius line of hybrid hatchbacks may have climbed to become Toyota's third-best seller behind Camry and Corolla, but that doesn't exempt it from criticism, as it found out when Consumer Reports failed to recommend the entry-level Prius C model. CR complained that "its harsh ride, noisy engine and cabin, and slow acceleration" made it feel more like a cheesy econobox than a sophisticated hybrid and awarded the C a score of 53 out of 100 points, a rating it usually reserves for clunky, old-tech SUVs.

By Alex Taylor III, senior editor-at-large @FortuneMagazine - Last updated June 06 2012: 9:50 AM ET
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