2018 Toyota Prius c Hatchback
- Reliably returns excellent fuel economy
- Surprisingly roomy interior for such a small car
- Compact form factor makes it easy to maneuver and park
- Comes standard with active safety tech and touchscreen infotainment
- Stiff ride, uncomfortable on rough roads
- Slow acceleration, even for a hybrid
- Quite a few low-rent materials in the interior
- Noticeable wind and road noise at highway speed
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Which Prius c does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
The practical, economical compact hatchback is a staple of Toyota's lineup — just ask anyone who grew up in the back seat of a Tercel. This latest iteration of the formula, first launched in 2012, might not be as cheap as a Tercel, but it's still one of the most affordable ways to get into a hybrid.
While the Prius C lacks Toyota's latest hybrid powertrain technology (it's used in the newest version of the regular Prius), the C is still reliably frugal and should surpass its EPA-estimated 46 mpg combined in real-world driving. It's also a maneuverable little car that's a breeze to park, making it an ideal city runabout for people who prize efficiency. You can also factor in Toyota's reputation for reliability and low running costs as advantages.
Of course it's still an entry-level vehicle. In spite of the recently updated infotainment system and additional safety features, the Prius C is a pretty basic car. The interior is full of hard plastics and doesn't offer much in the way of sound insulation. The ride quality is often harsh. And with just 99 horsepower on tap, the Prius C is one of the slower cars on the road. But overall we think the Prius C's advantages outweigh the compromises.
Trim levels & features
Every trim comes standard with a limited version of Toyota's Safety Sense. In the Prius C, this system includes forward collision alert with automatic braking, lane departure warning and automatic high beams.
Beyond this safety equipment, the Prius C One comes with 15-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, LED headlights and taillights, power mirrors, keyless entry, automatic climate control, cloth seats with a folding rear bench, and a tilting-and-telescoping adjustable steering wheel. Entertainment duties are handles by a 6.1-inch touchscreen system with voice commands, Bluetooth, a USB port and a four-speaker stereo. Frontal collision warning with automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning are also included.
The Prius C Two upgrades the rear seats to a 60/40-split folding bench and adds two-tone fabric upholstery, a center armrest with a storage compartment, a height-adjustable driver seat, cruise control and two additional speakers for the stereo.
With the Three, buyers get proximity entry with push-button start and an upgraded infotainment system. The Three retains the 6.1-inch screen, but adds navigation, satellite radio and Toyota's Entune app suite. A sunroof is available as an optional extra.
The range-topping Prius C Four adds LED foglights, heated power mirrors, the sunroof and simulated leather upholstery. Sixteen-inch alloy wheels are also available.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2012 Toyota Prius C Three (1.5L inline-4 hybrid | CVT automatic | FWD). This rating has been carried forward from a prior year because the current model has no substantial differences.
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Toyota Prius C has received some revisions, including upgraded infotainment and active safety technology, and a cosmetic refresh. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Toyota Prius C, however.
Noise & vibration3
Ease of use4
Getting in/getting out3
Audio & navigation
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Prius c safety features:
- Pre-Collision System
- Warns the driver of potential frontal collisions and may reduce the vehicle's speed to mitigate damage.
- Lane Departure Alert
- Alerts the driver when the vehicle departs from its lane without signaling.
- Automatic High Beams
- Switches high beams on and off for maximum visibility, depending on road conditions and the presence of other vehicles.
2018 Toyota Prius c Hatchback for Sale
The 2018 Toyota Prius C is a practical, economical compact hatchback that returns impressive mileage thanks to its hybrid powertrain. It's also one of the least expensive ways to get into a hybrid, without skimping on hybrid tech. The Prius C carries over a lot of what has made its larger sibling, the Toyota Prius, a smash hit, but in a smaller package.
Power numbers might not impress, with just 99 horsepower and 82 lb-ft of torque from its hybrid powertrain, but the Prius C isn't a drag racer. What does impress is the EPA estimated 46 mpg combined (48 city/43 highway). Our long-term Toyota Prius C proved to us that not only does the plucky car match that estimate in the real world, it often exceeds it.
The Prius C comes in four trim levels, aptly named One through Four. For 2018, Toyota ditched steel wheels and now all Prius C trim levels come standard with 15-inch alloy wheels. All Prius C trims also come with Toyota's Safety Sense system, which adds lane departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic braking and automatic high beams.
Beyond those features the Prius C One offers a back-up camera, power mirrors, climate control, keyless entry and a folding rear bench. A 6.1-inch touchscreen-based infotainment system is also standard on the Prius C One, featuring Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free support and a four-speaker stereo.
Moving up to the Two adds a split-folding rear bench, cruise control, two extra speakers for the stereo, and a center armrest with a storage compartment to the little Toyota. From there, the Prius C Three receives push-button start, navigation and Toyota's Entune App suite, which allows you to use certain apps on your phone in concert with the car's infotainment system.
For 2018, the range-topping Prius C Four gets leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, heated mirrors and a power moonroof.
If you're chasing that hypermiling high, and a compact city runabout fits your needs, the Prius C is worth a look. Make sure to read our full review on Edmunds to find out more, and take advantage of our shopping tools to find the best deal on a new 2018 Toyota Prius C near you.
2018 Toyota Prius c Hatchback Overview
What do people think of the 2018 Toyota Prius c Hatchback?
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2018 Toyota Prius c Hatchback Four 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The 2018 Toyota Prius c Hatchback Four 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,951. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota Prius c Hatchback Four 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $2,667 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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2018 Toyota Prius c Hatchback Two 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The 2018 Toyota Prius c Hatchback Two 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $23,116. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota Prius c Hatchback Two 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $2,443 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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2018 Toyota Prius c Hatchback One 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The 2018 Toyota Prius c Hatchback One 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $22,077. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota Prius c Hatchback One 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $2,201 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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