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2015 Toyota Prius C

Original MSRP Range
$19,540--$24,475
Available Style(s)
Hatchback
MPG
53 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy
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2015 Toyota Prius C

What We Like

Stellar fuel economy; appealing price; hatchback convenience

What We Don't

Firm ride by Prius standards; ponderous acceleration

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.1/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.8/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2015 Toyota Prius C?

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

Which Prius C is the Best?

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

 

How Much Does a 2015 Toyota Prius C Cost?

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.

Prius C Trims

HatchbackOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Prius c 5dr HB Four (Natl)$24,475 / N/AHybrid9953 / 46Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Prius c 5dr HB One (Natl)$19,540 / N/AHybrid9953 / 46Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Prius c 5dr HB Three (Natl)$21,765 / N/AHybrid9953 / 46Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Prius c 5dr HB Two (Natl)$20,340 / N/AHybrid9953 / 46Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Safety

Is the 2015 Toyota Prius C a Safe Car?

The Prius c comes with standard stability control, nine airbags and anti-lock brakes.

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) testing, the Prius c received four overall stars out of five, having received four stars in the frontal test, four stars in the side-impact test and four stars in the rollover test.

Behind the Wheel

The Prius c doesn't have the smooth ride of the regular Prius. They're different cars underneath, and the Prius c's Yaris genes don't do it any favors. It's not as quiet at cruising speeds, either.

But while we unexpectedly found the steering too heavy (heavier still with the Four's optional 16-in wheels), it's reasonably precise for a car of this nature, and body roll is kept within acceptable limits. We also love the tiny turning circle, which makes U-turns a breeze. The regenerative brakes may feel strange if you're a hybrid novice, but you'll get used to their inconsistent feedback.

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Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Hybrid/Electric Components8 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance2 Years/Unlimited Miles
Maintenance2 Years/25,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System

Competition

2015 Toyota Prius C vs the competition

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.

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