Superlatives like the best mileage of anything without a plug, very good maneuverability, electronics to appease tech-savvy types, and relatively low pricing for an eco-friendly hybrid are the Prius c strengths. For the moderate purchase and operating costs it is hard to beat in urban congestion, and if your commute or locale changes to more highway operation, you could easily trade it for a Prius or Prius v.
G.R. Whale filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report from La Jolla, California, with Laura Burstein reporting from Los Angeles.
Model Line Overview
Toyota Prius c One ($19,080); Prius c Two ($20,030); Prius c Three ($21,765); Prius c Four ($23,360)
73-bhp 1.5-liter I4, 0.87-kW-hr battery, electric motor
dual front, front-side, front-seat cushion, front and rear side-curtain and driver-knee airbags; anti-lock brake system, VSC electronic stability control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, traction control, brake assist, Smart Stop Technology, tire-pressure monitors, proximity notification system
Safety equipment (optional):
3 years/36,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Toyota Prius c Four ($23,360)
SofTex upholstery, climate control, touchscreen navigation, Entune telematics, keyless entry/pushbutton start, heated front seats, power windows/locks/heated mirrors, AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3/WMA/iPod/Bluetooth streaming and phone book audio system, 60/40 split-fold rear seat, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio, climate, display and Bluetooth controls, 3.5-inch display for fuel and economy data, customizable settings, time and temperature, cruise control, intermittent wipers front and rear, six-way driver seat, fog lamps, cargo cover, engine immobilizer
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of January 27, 2013.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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