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2017 Toyota Prius C

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48 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy
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2017 Toyota Prius C

What We Like

Stellar fuel economy; standard safety tech; appealing price for a hybrid; hatchback convenience

What We Don't

Firm ride by Prius standards; really slow acceleration; sub-par interior materials


Expert Rating

4.2/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.8/ 5


What's New in the 2017 Toyota Prius C?

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

Which Prius C is the Best?

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


How Much Does a 2017 Toyota Prius C Cost?

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.

Prius C Trims

HatchbackOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Prius c Four (Natl)$24,965 / $23,239Hybrid9948 / 43Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Prius c One (Natl)$20,150 / $19,143Hybrid9948 / 43Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Prius c Three (Natl)$22,375 / $20,830Hybrid9948 / 43Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Prius c Two (Natl)$20,950 / $19,693Hybrid9948 / 43Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD

Is the 2017 Toyota Prius C a Safe Car?

The Prius c comes with standard stability control, nine airbags, anti-lock brakes, automatic high beams, lane-departure warning and intervention and forward-collision warning and automatic braking. The Prius c Four model includes a backup camera.

In crash-testing carried out by the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Prius c received four overall stars out of five -- a rating comprised of four stars in the frontal test, four stars in the side-impact test and four stars in the rollover test. The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Prius C the best possible rating of Good in all crash tests but the new small overlap frontal test in which it received a second-best Acceptable rating.

Frontal Crash Rating
Overall Rating
Rollover Rating
Side Barrier Rating
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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
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Alarm System
  • Pre-Collision System
  • Lane Departure Warning System


2017 Toyota Prius C vs the competition

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.

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