Stellar fuel economy; appealing price; hatchback convenience
Firm ride by Prius standards; ponderous acceleration
The Prius c receives a face-lift for 2015. The hatchback features revised front and rear styling that includes new headlights, new taillights and a new grille. Top-level Four models add some additional standard features, including a sunroof and a backup camera. See the 2015 Toyota Prius c models for sale near you
We'd have to have push-button start, so put us down for a Prius c Three. That pushes the price past $22,000, but it gives you a lot of technology for the money. Find a Toyota Prius c for sale
The 2015 Toyota Prius c subcompact hatchback comes in four trim levels: One, Two, Three and Four.
The entry-level One ($20,200) feels basic inside, though it does come with power accessories, automatic climate control (an unusual luxury at this price point), a 3.5-inch color display with a real-time power-flow diagram and a 4-speaker audio system with iPod/USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
Step up to the Two ($21,000) and you'll get six speakers for the stereo, variable intermittent wipers, 2-tone seat fabric with a driver-seat height adjustment, SofTex dashboard trim, a 60/40 split folding rear seatback (the One's rear seat back folds down in one piece), cruise control and a center console with an armrest.
The Three ($22,800) adds voice-command recognition, a navigation system, the Entune smartphone-based mobile app interface and keyless entry/ignition with push-button start. (Lesser models have a traditional twist key.)
The Four ($25,200) tacks on fog lamps, 15-in alloy wheels (optional on Three), heated front seats and SofTex trim for the seats and steering wheel. For 2015, it also adds a sunroof and a backup camera.
In terms of options, the Prius c doesn't have many. A sunroof can be added to either the Three or Four, and sunroof-equipped Fours are eligible for 16-in alloy wheels with a quicker steering ratio.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Hybrid/Electric Components||8 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||2 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/25,000 Miles|
2014 Honda Insight -- Conceived as a Prius-fighter, we think the Insight might be a better match for the comparably priced Prius c. The Insight's back seat is inhospitable even compared to the c's, but we enjoy driving Honda's hybrid hatchback more.
2015 Honda CR-Z -- If you don't need a back seat but could go for a more engaging drive, the 2-seat CR-Z is about the only game in town, delivering superior dynamics (and considerably worse fuel economy) for similar money.
Used Chevrolet Volt -- The Volt is a plug-in hybrid, and that means regular access to a charging station is important. If you have that, you might want to consider a used Volt, which offers impressive fuel economy and a range-extending gasoline engine that kicks in once the electric motor is out of juice.
Used Toyota Prius -- If the Prius c doesn't seem like enough, keep in mind that the regular Prius starts under $25,000 and comes well equipped. Used models are even less expensive, so you might be able to get a 1- or 2-year-old Prius for about the same money as a new Prius c.