2013 Toyota Prius c Reviews Auto and New Car Test Drive

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Introduced as a 2012 the Toyota Prius c is a smaller, version of the original Prius Think of it as a cross between the gasoline-electric hybrid powerplant and a four-door hatchback like the Yaris. But this isn’t a Yaris repackaged, it’s a new breed of small hybrid

And although Toyota doesn’t say so, we its urban-friendly dimensions and ability to fit in spaces make the c a perfect for city.

Dimensionally similar to the and a couple of hundred pounds the Prius c is nearly 20 inches than a Prius and 500 pounds It has room for four adults, or with kids in the back. The cabin has interesting textures and and standard equipment on the least-expensive includes automatic climate and Bluetooth phone book and audio.

Upper level have connectivity on par with luxury sedans.

Only changes to trim materials their way to the 2013 Prius c, it remains unchanged from A sophisticated combination of gasoline electric motors, big and small variable-speed transmission, controllers and powers the Prius c at economy-car and excellent economy. One-touch select D and off you go.

On-board fuel displays graphically detail the of your driving.

Like hybrids, the Prius c powertrain gasoline and electric motors: a four-cylinder that makes 73 horsepower paired with two motors for a total combined of 99 horsepower. Power is sent to the wheels via an electronically controlled variable transmission (eCVT). The are nickel-metal hydride, the same found on the original Prius.

The engine is smaller, less than the one found on the original

Fuel economy is the most reason to buy a Prius c. EPA estimates put it at mpg City/Highway, with 50 mpg EPA Combined At $4 per gallon, that’s 450 miles on a $36 Factor in the Prius c’s sticker price, and you’ve got the economical (non plug-in) on the market.

In addition, Prius c may for additional tax incentives or a coveted access sticker in some

Despite its small size, the c gets high marks for Standard features include seat side airbags, a knee airbag and side airbags, as well as electronic control, traction control and brakes. In crash testing, the Institute for Highway Safety the Prius C the highest rating of in frontal-offset, side-impact and roof tests.

The closest direct competitor to the Prius c is the Honda Insight, but pricing is similar, the Prius c it out of the water with its 50 mpg Combined versus the Insight’s 42 mpg. similarly priced compacts pure gasoline-powered cars as the Honda Fit, Chevrolet Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Kia Rio and Volkswagen Golf diesel. of these will come to the highway mileage of the Prius c, but will match it in the city.

The Toyota Prius c comes in models, called One, Three, Four. All share the gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain, steering and brakes, and four-door configuration.

Prius c One ($19,080) with fabric upholstery, climate control, power and door locks, a tilt-and-telescoping wheel with audio a four-speaker audio system CD player, USB port, Bluetooth and audio streaming capabilities, a rear seat, 3.5-inch for fuel and economy data and steel wheels.

Prius c Two adds a driver-seat height cruise control, a center armrest, synthetic leather cargo area cover, split-fold rear seat and an six-speaker audio system.

c Three ($21,765) adds with Toyota’s Entune including Bing, Pandora, recognition, real-time traffic, fuel prices and three-year subscription. It also comes a 6.1-inch touch-screen, voice controls on steering wheel, XM smart key entry and pushbutton as well as touch-tracer display. alloy wheels are optional.

c Four ($23,360) adds heated power mirrors, wheels, SofTex synthetic upholstery, heated front and fog lamps. Options include an Wheel package ($1,150), bundles 16-inch alloy and low-profile tires with a moonroof.

Safety features on all c models include dual dual front-side, dual cushion, front and rear and driver-knee airbags, anti-lock electronic brake-force distribution, VSC stability control, traction brake assist, Smart Technology, tire-pressure monitors, and a notification system for pedestrians and A rearview camera is not available,


A conventional hatchback defines the Prius c. After there are only so many to get a hood, four doors and an rear end into a 13-foot-long As such, Prius c’s is familiar and generally lacks Like other cars in class, many could confuse it with three or competitors were the badges

Across the front a character curls in from the lower rising over the grilles a bulldogs’s upper lip with the Toyota logo forming a nose. Pyramid-like outer house fog lights on top models and the headlamps use a detent on the lower to avoid a too-often seen triangle.

In profile the front door is the single aspect and the relationship door cutouts and roofline is the feature. Prius c mixes the shape of the regular Prius and its point at the middle pillar, a taller roofline reminiscent of the v to better meld into the tail. That pinched door corner might be an but taller individuals will be care entering anyway.

model of the c we examined has signal in the outside mirrors, a plus in spaces or where sunlight obscure the front signal. are mounted on the lower outer and are the widest point of the car, but cannot be seen from the seat; be mindful trying to a drive-up window or narrow between garage pillars and cars.

At the rear the bodywork the mid-section angles rearward, a large shiny section in clear plastic with one big red on it. From some angles and colors the body looks it leans backward a la Renault and the arches that carry the wheels and around the rear a bustle back or Harley fender. It is at once the most element and the most awkward.

The lights employ LED for brake conventional bulbs for taillights, and bulbs behind a clear for signals. With circles and and parallelograms in the various elements no theme but the brake lights do better reaction from drivers behind.

The Prius c may be optioned with alloy that resist rusting and better than the standard wheels. The 16-inch wheels on Prius c Four improve and handling at the expense of a slight in mileage (though not enough to EPA ratings) and less steering

Cargo access is straightforward and a spare is under the floor. Any tire will go in the well but the floor won’t be flat.

The Prius c cabin is a little interesting than the exterior, we wouldn’t call it daring. no ground-breaking news here, some unusual design, and level of standard features.

seats are roomy and offer headroom for adults measuring six and even taller. Comfort was as we drove the car for hour-long stints no complaints or sore spots. upholstery is never too hot or cold to sit on, and on models the driver’s seat for height.

Note, however, that no has adjustable height shoulder anchors and a tall passenger was not with the belt across upper arm.

It can be tough to fit adults across the back, so best to limit backseat to two adults or three kids. testers were also to fit in back, even with the sunroof, and carrying four results in some tight space. The seat cushion is long because of the batteries it, which improves comfort for but might be uncomfortable for kids who hang their legs off the of it.

The rear seat folds to cargo area, and on any but the base it has a 60/40 split for flexibility.

are mostly plastic with a few soft-touch panels, all expected in class. Initially the styling on the dashboard looked like though they do mirror of the lines in the optional SofTex that weighs about what traditional leather That alone should you how important weight reduction was in car.

A tilt and telescoping wheel with redundant faces the driver, though the of the telescope function is so short we why they bothered. Ahead of the is a depression for pens and such a ramp backwards to ease things out that also them eject automatically up a hill.

The floor-mounted shifter is with PRNDB settings; all do you expect and B is for battery (see Impressions). Eco and EV mode switches are the handbrake aft of the shift lever.

is in a narrow display from the top of the to the right edge of the center It has a digital speedometer, fuel a couple of indicator lights and else. To the right is the multi-information that provides fuel and data in numerous ways, and on trims, momentarily overlays steering wheel button has pressed.

Below the display are the vents, the radio or navigation and below that in the lateral climate controls. Upper have the Start/Stop pushbutton of this, while lower have a molded circle very obviously shows model is missing something. A point hides below the panel, and the USB/aux inputs are to the adjacent a tray above the This is easy to reach but you can’t leave things in and concealed, and the test cars the limitations of the shallow tray all the smartphones were kept flying off the shelf by hook-and-loop

The glovebox is fairly deep.

and steering wheel controls for it are on every Prius c, while the top two get Entune, Toyota’s telematics Entune comes with Pandora, stocks, sports, and weather, and will add iHeartRadio, and OpenTable. The audio system goes with navi/Entune also includes XM Radio, HD with iTunes tagging, connectivity and control and Bluetooth streaming.

Entune services is complimentary for three years, longer than most services. Note you may not be able to everything while underway.

its low-profile dashboard and narrow pillars Prius c is open, and easy to see out of. Only the outer headrests are full-size, so rearward is good as well.

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The Prius c has an airbag arrangement. Front, and side-curtains for front and back are but there’s also a driver’s airbag and front seat airbags that ensure are best positioned for the front and airbags to work. Rear side airbags are not available, and in cases shouldn’t be used youngsters anyway.


Prius c is all about fuel and low emissions; as far as we know, it has the highest EPA of any car without a plug. The basics of the system parallel those of the on a smaller scale.

Power from a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine coupled with a of electric motors and a 144-volt, hour battery pack the rear seat. Each of the motors serves a different and the computer that runs it all a maximum of 99 total horsepower to the yielding a power-to-weight ratio to the bigger Prius.

Performance is not the and Toyota quotes a conservative time of 11.5 seconds. We did it in the middle-10s, however, about we get from the big Prius. Those are not quick by anyone’s stopwatch.

Any and we’d need to a calendar. in traffic, we never found lacking power to keep up

Prius c will run up to 1.5 miles on alone while staying 25 mph with a very light and we managed half a mile of hills and start/stop before the engine came on with 1 of 8 showing in the battery state of gauge (each bar equals 1/10 of a kilowatt-hour). Usually acceleration or speed got the gas engine much sooner.

An electronically controlled continuously transmission (eCVT) doesn’t the way most CVTs do but the results are To keep engine and electric speeds in the most efficient for the performance the driver asks the speeds are variable, so mashing the gas will result in engine and noise that don’t let up you back off the gas. At full it is normal for the Prius c to sound a ski boat pulling a skier up.

EPA peg the mileage at 53/46 mpg City/Highway, or 50 mpg We averaged 50 mpg in mixed driving. A proudly broke 70 mpg, but the driving style showed a of consideration and angered and frustrated drivers. It’s worth we can achieve 32 mpg in a 1-ton 4WD pickup hyper-miler techniques.

Despite our 50 mpg we posted data display eco of just 16 to 33 out of 100. Let’s Prius c drivers don’t try to perfect scores, at least not they’re in front of us.

By comparison, a Prius gets an EPA-rated mpg City/Highway, with the same 50 mpg rating. The advantage in city for the Prius c can be attributed primarily to its weight, a smaller gas engine and wheels and tires than on the regular Prius. At higher the superior aerodynamics of the Prius for its better highway economy (a car is easier to make aerodynamic).

If you efficiently, using the onboard or merely your brain, the c achieves better mileage in conditions. Hybrids rarely EPA-estimated numbers at the higher of freeways and interstates due to aerodynamic If you spend more miles at freeway speeds or if you haul a lot of people (which will less effect on the big car’s than the smaller one’s), you’d be better off saving up the money for the Prius.

The Prius c pedal triggers regeneration the drivetrain uses the car’s to recharge the battery pack. For max you want to touch the pedal enough to engage this (and the brake lights); a press of the pedal engages the brakes and your momentum, and the that created it, is converted to This is why the brake pedal light and touchy, a feeling you can to use to achieve peak efficiency.

c shares some background the Yaris and it rides and handles the same as most compact Suspension design is chosen maximum cabin space in With room for four or a 17 cubic-foot cargo area, a pack and a 9.5-gallon gas tank, in footprint Toyota has succeeded.

The Prius c has a solid ride, bouncy only on bad roads. It relatively flat in corners the weight is kept low, and it where you point it. Ultimate levels are low because of its slim designed for low rolling resistance, but the is predictable and fine for novice

Sixteen-inch alloy wheels are on the Prius c Four, a wider, version of the Bridgestone Turanza all Prius c models come The 16-inch wheels and tires more cornering and braking with no big detriment to ride but they also change the settings. Despite wider the steering feels lighter on the 15-inch wheels and it’s but the 16-inch wheels don’t nearly as tightly: it goes 31.4 feet needed for a to 37.4 feet, the space mid-size sedans and crossovers That’s a big difference.

We recommend the wheels and tires.

Heavy up an on-ramp brings engine Once at cruising speed noise comes from or the road. It’s not loud but the notion this is primarily a runabout.

There is a fan for the battery on the left rear floor but in hard driving we never it; we do hear it occasionally on the big Prius, because that’s a quieter car or the fan is up higher and noisier.

Superlatives the best mileage of anything a plug, very good electronics to appease tech-savvy and relatively low pricing for an eco-friendly are the Prius c strengths. For the moderate and operating costs it is hard to in urban congestion, and if your or locale changes to more operation, you could easily it for a Prius or Prius v.

G.R. filed this NewCarTestDrive.com from La Jolla, California, Laura Burstein reporting Los Angeles.

Model Lineup

Prius c One ($19,080); Prius c Two Prius c Three ($21,765); c Four ($23,360).


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