Toyota Prius c Overview
Since 2012, the Toyota Prius c has provided an entry point for those looking to reap the benefits of Toyota's hybrid technology. To do so, Toyota chose to go with a subcompact platform to accomplish this. The Prius c is based on the same platform as the Toyota Yaris, but with its own distinctive design that is aligned with the rest of the Prius family. The result is a highly efficient hatchback made for city dwellers that saves on gas and is easy to park in tight spaces around town.
The Prius c seats five and cargo space is expansive, starting with 17.1 cubic feet behind the rear seat. Those rear seats fold down for more space utilization. Four trim levels are available on the Prius c: One, Two, Three and Four. Each one has a level of equipment meeting the needs of customers for comfort and convenience. A tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a touch screen audio system, power windows and locks, push-button start and digital instrumentation are standard across all models.
The Prius c is strictly front-wheel drive and is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. It offers a total of 99 horsepower between the two motors. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard.
For 2015, the Prius c underwent a mid-cycle refresh that included minor detail changes inside and out, such as an updated front end and revised front and rear lights. The refresh added upgrades to the infotainment system to align it with what you'll find in the rest of the Toyota lineup.
The Prius c is often compared with other subcompact hatchbacks, such as the Nissan Versa Note, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Chevrolet Sonic and Spark, Fiat 500, Honda Fit and its brother, the Toyota Yaris. Yet, the hybrid Prius c offers more for the money than its rivals, which makes it a very green choice.