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2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. 2021 Toyota Prius Review

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2021 Mercedes-Benz
C-Class

MSRP*: $47,200 to $49,200
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2021 Toyota
Prius

MSRP*: $24,525 to $32,650
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Invoice* $44,368 to $46,248 $23,054 to $30,395
MPG - City 23 - 24 MPG 51 - 58 MPG
MPG - Hwy 32 - 33 MPG 47 - 53 MPG
Seating Capacity 4 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine 255-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel) 121-hp, 1.8-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gas/Electric Hybrid)
Transmission 9-Speed A/T Continuously Variable
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 255 hp 121 hp
Exterior Length 184.5 in 180.0 in
Exterior Width 71.3 in 69.3 in
Leg Room Front 42.0 in
Rear 32.0 in
Front 42.3 in
Rear 33.4 in
Head Room Front 38.8 in
Rear 35.6 in
Front 39.4 in
Rear 37.4 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Toyota Prius than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, due to its greater head- and legroom. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, drivers may find the Toyota Prius a little roomier and somewhat more comfortable.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class as you will with the Toyota Prius, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Mercedes-Benz C-Class will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Toyota Prius, which has a much lower MSRP. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class will cost more in transportation costs than the Toyota Prius.

Dimensions
Since the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is much wider than the Toyota Prius, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which is slightly longer than the Toyota Prius.

Handling
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a larger turning radius than the Toyota Prius, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a much more powerful engine than the Toyota Prius. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Toyota Prius.

Utility
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has less seating than the Toyota Prius, making the Toyota Prius the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class than that of the Toyota Prius.