If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive hybrid, you have only two options: Honda Insight or Toyota Prius C. If you’re looking for an inexpensive hybrid that gets excellent fuel economy, you only have one choice: the Prius C.
The 2013 Prius C is instantly recognizable as being part of the Prius family. There is a uniquely styled front end with the blue-tinted Toyota badge, and a similar side and rear profile to the Prius. Unlike the Prius, the Prius C comes in a variety of wild colors such as Habanero, Summer Rain Metallic, and Blue Streak Metallic. Inside, the Prius C is very funky with a dashboard full of quirks and storage spaces. Upper trim levels get automatic climate control, leather, and a touchscreen radio.
All Prius Cs come equipped with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive which pairs a 1.5L Atkinson cycle four-cylinder with VVT-i and a 45 kW electric motor. Total output stands at 99 horsepower. The sole transmission is a CVT. The EPA rates the 2013 Prius C at 53 City/46 Highway/50 Combined.
The Prius C also comes with three distinct drive modes: Normal, Eco, and EV mode. Normal provides a balance of performance and fuel economy. Eco governs the throttle and climate control to improve fuel economy. EV allows the Prius C to travel on electric power alone for about a mile when driven below 25 MPH.
The 2013 Toyota Prius c starts at $19,080. Competitors to the Prius C include the Honda Insight, Toyota Yaris, and Volkswagen Golf TDI.