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2013 Toyota Prius c Overview (See Available Styles)

The smallest member of the Prius family, the 2013 Toyota Prius c is the compact version of the popular Prius sedan and delivers the same exceptional fuel economy, just at an even lower price and with a smaller footprint.

Toyota says that the “c” in the Prius c’s name stands for “city” but it might make more sense as “compact.” The Prius c sticks to the Prius formula of great fuel economy, but at 19-inches shorter in length and with less frills is more of a no-nonsense commuter than its older brother. There are still plenty of Prius styling cues to be found, especially up front with similar headlamps and the slit-like front grille topped by a large Toyota logo. Once you get towards the back however, styling is more akin to that of a traditional small hatchback.

Under the hood, the Prius c has a smaller engine befitting its smaller stature. A 73-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine connected to a 2-speed CVT combines with a 60-horsepower electric motor for a total output of 133-horsepower.

Although the Prius c nominally competes with other small, mileage driven cars like the Honda Insight, Hyundai Accent, and Ford Fiesta, none of them can really hold a candle to the Prius c when it comes to fuel economy; it’s truly in a class of its own. EPA estimates project 53/46 mpg city/highway, good enough for a combined figure of 50 mpg.

Inside, the Prius c sees a few small changes after its debut in 2012. The middle trims add a softer, more tactile dashboard friendly while the line topping Four trim gets a more comfortable steering wheel. Thanks to its hatchback shape, the Prius c actually has a surprising amount of cargo room at 17.1 cubic feet behind the rear bench which beats most midsize sedans. There is also plenty of standard technology including USB/iPod port, Bluetooth connectivity, and automatic climate control. A touch-screen navigation system, Entune, and heated front seats are optional.

The Prius c is a small car, but nonetheless it is a safe one, winning a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS for its performance in crash tests. Nine airbags, an electronic stability system with traction control, and antilock brakes all come standard.

For a commuting car that will save you money at the showroom and at the pump, the 2013 Toyota Prius c has no rival.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 53 MPG
  • Highway: 46 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: *****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: ****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:
4.6/5
Value:
4.6/5
Exterior:
4.4/5
Interior:
4.3/5
Comfort:
4.2/5
Performance:
4.2/5
Reliability:
4.7/5

41 of 44 (93%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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