Stellar fuel economy; standard safety tech; appealing price for a hybrid; hatchback convenience
Firm ride by Prius standards; really slow acceleration; noisy; subpar interior materials
The Prius c gets new trim levels for 2019. There are now only two and they've been renamed, with the new L and LE corresponding with the former Two and Three trims, respectively. This results in extra standard equipment and a slightly higher base price, as well as the discontinuation of certain higher-end features like a sunroof, simulated leather upholstery and heated seats. A number of paint and interior colors have also been discontinued.
The Prius c LE is definitely the best deal. For less than $23,000, 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.
The 2019 Toyota Prius c subcompact hatchback comes in two trim levels: L and LE.
The base L ($21,530) comes pretty well equipped with 15-in alloy wheels, LED headlights, automatic high beams, forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, cruise control, a backup camera, automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split folding back seat, a cargo cover, a 6.1-in touchscreen, a USB port and a 4-speaker sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and a media player interface.
The LE ($22,955) adds proximity entry and push-button start, and a higher resolution 6.1-in touchscreen that includes integrated navigation, Entune smartphone apps, and a 6-speaker sound system with HD Radio and satellite radio.
There are no factory options.
|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|
2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid -- Hyundai is trying to beat Toyota at the game it invented. The Ioniq offers superior fuel economy to the Prius c at a similar price. The Ioniq is also available in plug-in and electric variants.
2019 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. Oh, and much cheaper.
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.