Stellar fuel economy; standard safety tech; appealing price for a hybrid; hatchback convenience
Firm ride by Prius standards; really slow acceleration; sub-par interior materials
Like other Toyotas, the Prius C gains the Safety Sense package of accident avoidance tech standard on all trim levels. See the 2017 Toyota Prius c models for sale near you
The Prius c Three is definitely the best deal. For under $23,000 with shipping, you get keyless access with push-button starting, a navigation system and Toyota's Entune infotainment system. Like every Prius c, you also get standard accident avoidance tech that is rarely included at this price point. Find a Toyota Prius c for sale
The 2017 Toyota Prius c subcompact hatchback comes in four trim levels: One, Two, Three and Four.
The entry-level One ($20,200) comes pretty well equipped with 15-inch steel wheels, LED headlights, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and intervention, automatic high beams, automatic climate control, a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth, a 6.1-in touchscreen, a USB port and a 4-speaker sound system.
The Two ($21,000) adds cruise control, a 60/40-split folding back seat, a height-adjustable driver seat, a front center console bin/armrest and a 6-speaker sound system.
The Three ($23,400) adds voice-command recognition, a navigation system, the Entune smartphone-based mobile app interface and keyless entry and ignition with push-button starting (lesser models have a traditional twist key).
The Four ($25,000) tacks on LED fog lamps, 15-in alloy wheels (optional on Three), heated front seats, a backup camera, a sunroof and SofTex vinyl for the seats and steering wheel.
In terms of options, the Prius c doesn't have many. A sunroof can be added to the Three, and sunroof-equipped Fours are eligible for 16-in alloy wheels and 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|
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid -- Hyundai is trying to beat Toyota at the game it invented. The Ioniq offers superior fuel economy than the Prius c at a similar price. The Ioniq is also available in plug-in and electric variants.
2017 Honda Fit -- True, it isn't a hybrid and can't match the Prius c fuel economy. However, the Fit is still very efficient, plus it's quicker, far more spacious and generally more refined.
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.