I embraced being a minivan mom. I was so excited to get one: it seemed like the easiest solution since we had three kids still in carseats. I’ve been a minivan mom for about three years now and didn’t really have any thoughts of ever driving something else, not for a long time.
But, as part of TWIN(Toyota Women’s Influencer Network), I was given a Toyota Prius C Three to drive for a week. And surprisingly, I actually really liked it! Some of the pros/cons are more about a smaller car than specific to the Prius, but I’ll still share my thoughts with you.
- The gas mileage. I didn’t really think there would be that much of a difference when driving a hybrid if all I was doing was going from home to school #1 to school #2 to home to school #2 to home to school #1 to home to soccer, with a few stops like to the grocery store along the way. But I averaged about 49 MPG in the Prius. That made me want to sob, thinking about how much I put into the minivan.
- Size. The size made it feel like I was driving a zippy car. While I’d driven in other Prius vehicles before, the Prius C feels different than the others. More sporty. And definitely more sporty than a minivan. And I’m forever complaining about the parking spaces at school and how tight they are. Wasn’t an issue with the Prius.
- Entune. Very cool feature. Especially if you are like me and usually have a hard time keeping your hands off your phone while you are driving, even though you know better.
IT’S A DRAW
- Trunk space. Plenty can fit in the Prius trunk, as you can see. But if we were to go on a long roadtrip, there’s no way we could fit luggage for all 5 of us in there. Though, in order for it all to fit in our minivan on a long trip, we have part of the third row folded down.
- More for a small family. All three of my boys are still in booster seats. Getting them to fit was a real challenge and then they were on top of each other, which leads to fighting. We do better if there can be some space between our boys. I’ve joked that we need a vehicle with four rows so they each have their own. So, going to just a front and backseat was a challenge.
- Doors. My boys are not used to having to watch for cars beside them when they open a door, so I kept warning them to be careful and cringing, thinking either the Prius or the car beside us or both would end up with a dent(for the record: no dents occurred). Also, they aren’t used to shutting the doors with anything other than a button. So they’d either use too much force and it would slam or not enough and the door wouldn’t be closed. Something they could learn, obviously, but it stuck out as an issue during the short time we had it.
If I were in my early 20s again and had no children, this would be MY car. I’d love it- and I’d even want it in the habanero color, too. It stands out- we got so many comments about the car every where we went. School drop-offs took longer because the teachers had to comment on it. I think the preschool director wanted to take it from me.
Or even if I had only one or two kids- I’d probably really want to swap out my minivan for the Prius C. Even Hubs liked driving it around, though he could have done with a different color.
But for our family of five, we’ll stick with our minivan. At least for a while. Though I will be crying at the gas pump.
What type of car do you drive?
Disclosure: I was selected for participation in the TWIN community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of Toyota.