By Drew Johnson
Friday, Jun 1st, 2012 @ 1:14 pm
 
Toyota's hot-selling Prius c hybrid has landed on Consumer Reports' dreaded 'not recommended' list. The magazine docked the compact hybrid for a poor ride and loud interior.

The Prius c managed to score just 53 points out of 100 in CR's latest test, leaving the hybrid one point short of the much maligned Honda Insight. CR gave the Prius c high marks for its "excellent" fuel economy, but criticized the car for being for being loud and slow.

"Its harsh ride, noisy engine and cabin, and slow acceleration make it feel more like an econobox than a sophisticated hybrid," Consumer Reports said on its website. "We can't recommend the Prius c because it scores too low in our tests."

The magazine does, however, expect the Prius c "to have very good reliability."

Toyota, which typically finds itself atop CR's recommended list, has not commented on the latest report.

Although CR may take issue with the Prius c, the general public hasn't taken note of the car's flaws. The Prius c has been a strong seller for Toyota, with the Prius family of vehicles now the third-best selling line of cars in the world.