- Smaller, compact version of the Prius
- “c” in the name stands for “city”
- 53/46 mpg city/high; 50 mpg combined
Everything is compact about the 2014 Toyota Prius c, which is not only the smallest member of the Prius family, but has the smallest price of the bunch as well. It is big in one area though, and that’s city fuel economy, where its 53 mpg leads the pack.
Toyota claims that the “c” in the Prius c’s name stands for “city,” which speaks to its prowess in urban environments, but it might make more sense as “compact.” The Prius c is a full 19-inches shorter in length than the larger Prius, making it more of a no-nonsense city car. 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, but it makes more sense to think of the Prius c as a smaller brother that hasn’t fully grown up yet.
Under the hood, the Prius c features a hybrid drivetrain that combines 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.
The Prius c’s interior offers plenty of standard features, especially for a car in this price point, and surprisingly, a large amount of cargo room. Most hybrids put large battery packs behind the rear seat which can cut into cargo room, but the Prius c avoids that pratfall and thanks to its hybrid shape, offers 17.1 cubic feet of cargo space a figure that beats most midsize sedans. Standard features include automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, and a USB/iPod port. A touch-screen navigation system, Entune, and heated front seats are optional.
Standard safety features include nine airbags, an electronic stability system with traction control, and antilock brakes.