Fast and Furious?
Of Course Not.
Frugal, Functional and Funky?
The Prius C is Toyota’s smallest, least expensive and most economical hybrid.
You get four doors + a hatch in the rear…an attractive enough two-tone interior…and 50….yes….50+ MPG.
The Prius C’s main claim to fame is it’s mileage. It’s rated at 53 city and 46 highway. You can expect a legit 45-55 MPG…with any kind of driving. Highway….city….traffic jams…we always got an indicated 45-55 MPG. Traffic jams may bother you, but not the Prius C. The engine shuts off when stopped. You’ll usually just inch along using battery-only power.
Like most hybrids today, the Pruis C has a small 4-cylinder gas engine and a battery assist….all coupled to a “shiftless’ continuously variable transmission.
No…it’s not fast. Nor does it have a sporty suspension or handling.
But you didn’t expect that for a car delivering 50+ MPG for less than 25K, did you?
Still, the Prius C can haul. A couple weeks’ worth of groceries from Trader Joe’s…or a month’s salary’s worth of shopping bags from the mall….thanks to it’s 5-door hatch configuration.
Four passengers? No problem. Three kids in the rear? Maybe…but not in car seats.
While I’d have no problem going cross-country in a Prius C, as it’s a little more quiet than you’d expect a small car to be, it’s in the city where this car really shines.
Small enough to park easily anywhere…with one flick of the wrist No back-and-forth jockeying around that large SUV’s seem to require.
If you can find a base “One” level Prius C, you can get your 50 MPG for $19,940 including transportation. Another $950 will get you 60/40 split rear seats, a better sound system, and cruise control. Add another $1,735 and you’ll have a push-button start, nav and Toyota’s Entune…plus you’ll be able to add a sunroof.
A range-topping “Four” adds 15” alloys, “soft-tex” eco-friendly heated seats, and heated power mirrors for another $1,595.
Get your Prius C in refrigerator white and you’ll blend in to any Whole Foods parking lot….or witness protection program. Get it In Toyota’s new “Habanero” color and the Prius C has the perfect “sass” to stand out proudly for what it is….a multi-functional 50+ MPG vehicle…with a little attitude.
Oh….one more thing. The Pruis C has top-rated 5-Star front, side and rollover crash ratings. That’s something that you definitely don’t expect in a car of this size.
Well done, Toyota.