Summary, Prices, Specs

By May 2, 2013


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 report from La Jolla, California, with Laura Burstein reporting from Los Angeles.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Toyota Prius c One ($19,080); Prius c Two ($20,030); Prius c Three ($21,765); Prius c Four ($23,360)
Engines:73-bhp 1.5-liter I4, 0.87-kW-hr battery, electric motor
Transmissions:electronically controlled continuously variable transmission
Safety equipment (standard):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):none
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Tsutsumi, Japan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Toyota Prius c Four ($23,360)
Standard equipment: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
Options as tested (MSPR):Alloy Wheel Package ($1150); 16-inch alloy wheels, P195/50R16 83V tires, power tilt/slide moonroof
Destination charge:$795
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$25305
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:1.5-liter DOHC I4 with electric motor
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):99
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):N/A
Transmission:electronically controlled continuously variable automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:53/46 mpg
Wheelbase:100.4 in.
Length/width/height:157.3/66.7/56.9 in.
Track, f/r:57.5/57.3 in.
Turning circle:37.4 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:38.6/51.0/41.7 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.0/50.8/35.0 in.
Cargo volume:17.1 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:not recommended Lbs.
Suspension, f:MacPherson strut, coil springs, antiroll bar
Suspension, r:torsion beam, coil springs
Ground clearance:5.5 in.
Curb weigth:2500 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/drum with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:9.5 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of May 2, 2013.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-331-4331 -