2018 Toyota Prius c Hatchback

2018 Toyota Prius c
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2018 Toyota Prius c
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Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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
Toyota Prius c years
2018


Which Prius c does Edmunds recommend?

While the Prius C One has everything you absolutely need in a car, and not much less than even the highest trim, we'd opt for the Two. Little practicalities like the split-folding rear bench and center armrest with a storage compartment, not to mention cruise control, will make it more pleasant to live with in the long run.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

3.5 / 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.

Trim tested

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.

Driving

3
It's very solid and reassuring, but it's not exactly sporty. Still, there's more to like than you'd expect for something that can exceed 50 mpg.

Acceleration

2.5
The Prius C is not speedy, but it gets up to freeway speed adequately and holds its own in city traffic. It's about what you would expect from a car that can deliver up to 50 mpg.

Braking

3
The brake pedal comes across as reassuring thanks to a solid feel. In light use there's a faint whine as the hybrid system turns braking energy into electricity for the battery.

Steering

3.5
Generally steering is responsive and direct. Smaller tires and wheels allow the One, Two and Three trims to make tighter U-turns than the top-of-the-line Four model.

Handling

3
The Prius C is well-balanced and agile, but its fuel-saving low-rolling resistance tires don't have lots of grip. It's competent but rarely impressive in this area.

Drivability

4
Toyota's hybrids are built around a stepless continuously variable automatic transmission that's butter-smooth. It sometimes doesn't sound that way as the motor cycles on and off, though.

Comfort

3
The Prius C is a small car that rides bigger than you'd guess by looking at it. The seats are also surprisingly comfortable despite their basic adjustments and cloth upholstery.

Seat comfort

3.5
They don't come across as plush, but the seats are comfortable enough for putting in long hours behind the wheel.

Ride comfort

3.5
Better than you might expect from a small car with tires designed for mileage over comfort. At times, it even seems more settled and less up on tiptoes than its older brother, the regular Prius.

Noise & vibration

3
At or slightly above the class average in terms of wind and road noise. On the other hand, the hybrid system emits characteristic noises at unpredictable intervals.

Climate control

It's a fairly spartan arrangement, with essentially one large dial for temperature control and a handful of buttons for mode, fan speed, recirculation and defrost functions. A pretty clean setup.

Interior

3.5
The simple, well-placed controls make the C easy to live with, and its long wheelbase opens up usable cabin room for occupants. Trunk space starts off modest, but with seats folded, the hatchback adds versatility.

Ease of use

4
Unlike other Prius models, the C's shifter is conventional. The automatic climate controls are elegant and easy, and there are numerous useful steering wheel buttons.

Getting in/getting out

3
The front doors open wide, and there are no obstructions. The rear is similar but not as well suited for those taller than 6 feet.

Roominess

3.5
Plenty of front-seat space for tall guys, and the steering wheel tilts and telescopes for the proper fit. Rear-seat space is a bit tighter, though.

Visibility

3
Slender pillars and lots of glass add up to good forward and rear side visibility, but the rear roof pillar is thick and the rear window is small.

Quality

Hybrids are more expensive than their conventional counterparts, but Toyota hasn't scrimped to offset the hybrid premium. It feels more substantial than typical subcompacts and cheaper non-hybrids in the same size class.

Utility

The base model features a fold-down rear seatback, which is handy but not quite as handy as the 60/40-split folding rear seat on the Two trim level and above.

Small-item storage

It's a nice surprise to find a single cupholder that flips out from the back of the center console. Two or more rear-seat passengers might need to fight over it, but it's there nonetheless.

Cargo space

3
There's enough space behind the rear seats for groceries (17.1 cubic feet), and a large suitcase just fits. Fold down the rear seats and this small hatchback becomes fairly voluminous.

Technology

The Prius C has one of the easier touchscreen interfaces to work with, and it's standard across the board. Intuitive functions and menu structure, crisp graphics. Even the base model comes with Bluetooth and voice commands.

Audio & navigation

The audio system tops out at six speakers. It's nothing memorable, but it does the job. An integrated navigation system comes at the Three and Four trim levels and works well.

Smartphone integration

Entune is Toyota's smartphone app package, offering the ability to connect with apps such as Pandora, Yelp and Facebook while on the go. But it doesn't include Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

Driver aids

Toyota's Safety Sense package comes standard on all models, and includes forward collision mitigation, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and automatic high beams. It's a pretty generous and uncommon offering at this level.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Toyota Prius c.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

I love this car!
Jen,02/11/2018
I like driving a smaller car with terrific gas milage and the Prius C gives me that and more. My last car was a 2005 and the safety, comfort and technology have made leaps and bounds in progress since then. I'm getting 50-51 miles/gallon after about 1700 miles of driving. I'm 5'4" so getting into and out of it is no difficulty but might be less comfortable for someone much taller. I drive a lot of country roads and it handles beautifully on them. But I also drive freeway and in the city and am happy with its performance there as well (I have a 100 mile round-trip commute to work). In short, I couldn't be more pleased with my new car. I paid $29790 out the door with a few extras (moonroof, mats, extended warranty & extended maintenance because I put a lot of miles/year on my car).
Prius C3 Gets an A+
Alan Wilder,06/17/2018
With front and rear cameras for safety, Blue tooth, 50+ mpg, Navigation and a price tag of just under $21000 on the road (Costco Auto Buying Service ), this car is a great deal compared to similarly equipt vehicles from other car companies.
Little car big savings
Bill,07/08/2018
It's a little car but for a small vehicle the ride and the handling are very good. It's a great vehicle for around town.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$21,430
MPG
48 city / 43 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Hybrid
99 hp @ 4800 rpm
MSRP
$20,630
MPG
48 city / 43 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Hybrid
99 hp @ 4800 rpm
MSRP
$24,965
MPG
48 city / 43 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Hybrid
99 hp @ 4800 rpm
MSRP
$22,855
MPG
48 city / 43 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Hybrid
99 hp @ 4800 rpm
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Safety

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.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver3 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat3 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover11.8%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Acceptable
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

2018 Toyota Prius c Hatchback for Sale

Toyota Prius c 2018 Two 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
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MSRP$22,589
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With the 2018 Toyota Prius c brings a sense of style to every adventure. Reach the most faraway places and fit into the tightest spaces with this car's eco-size footprint. Stand out with all-new 15-inch, 8-spoke machined alloy wheels, plus load up with available 6040 split fold-down rear seats, adding up to 17.1 cu. ft. of cargo volume. The Prius c's sealed nickel-metal hydride battery fits perfectly in the space beneath the rear seats. It helps lower the center of gravity to improve handling and maximize interior space. Not to mention EV mode, which enables electric driving for up to one-half mile and ECO mode, which limits the operation of climate control to maximize fuel economy. The Prius c is packed with cutting-edge technology, including a backup camera, smart key system with push button start, heated seats and mirrors, a premium sound system, navigation, app suite access, Bluetooth integration and USB ports. It also offers a suite of safety features, including a pre-collision system, lane departure alert, and automatic high beams.
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Check out this 2018! It offers great fuel economy and a broad set of features! Top features include remote keyless entry, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, rear wipers, and 1-touch window functionality. It features a front-wheel-drive platform, an automatic transmission, and an efficient 4 cylinder engine. We pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service. Stop by our dealership or give us a call for more information.

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More about the 2018 Toyota Prius c

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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Edmunds Scorecard

Overall3.5 / 5.0

Driving

3.0 / 5.0

Acceleration2.5 / 5.0
Braking3.0 / 5.0
Steering3.5 / 5.0
Handling3.0 / 5.0
Drivability4.0 / 5.0

Comfort

3.0 / 5.0

Seat comfort3.5 / 5.0
Ride comfort3.5 / 5.0
Noise & vibration3.0 / 5.0

Interior

3.5 / 5.0

Ease of use4.0 / 5.0
Getting in/getting out3.0 / 5.0
Roominess3.5 / 5.0
Visibility3.0 / 5.0
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This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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