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2013 Toyota Prius c KBB Expert Review

The Fair Market Range for this car in your area is $17,264 - $17,996.

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MSRP $19,890

Fair Purchase Price $17,515
Fair Market Range ($17,264 - $17,996)

Invoice $18,937
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KBB Expert Rating 7.8 / 10
10/7.8
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 12/31/2012


The 2013 Prius C is the smallest vehicle in Toyota's family of hybrids. With a starting price under $20,000, this 5-passenger hatchback also represents the least expensive way to get into a Toyota hybrid. Yet like its bigger Prius brother, there's another number that's sure to impress: 50. That's the combined miles-per-gallon rating for the Prius C, which attains an even loftier 53 mpg in the city – the area for which this hybrid gets its "C" designation. The Prius C isn't the least expensive or most fun-to-drive subcompact out there, but its sterling mpg figures stand well beyond even traditional fuel misers in this segment such as the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic, Mini Cooper Hardtop, and Hyundai Accent.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're seeking superb fuel economy at an affordable price, the Prius C is hard to beat. And with its hatchback design and tech offerings, Toyota's smallest hybrid won't penalize you when it comes to versatility or creature comforts.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Though the Prius C is competitively priced for a hybrid, some buyers may find a conventional alternative such as the Ford Fiesta, Chevy Sonic or Hyundai Accent a better return on their investment, especially if they don't drive many miles. Those wanting a subcompact with a bit more scoot might prefer a Mini Cooper Hardtop or Honda Fit.

What's New for 2013

Since it was just introduced last year, changes are minimal for the Prius C in 2013. All but the base model receive upgraded material for the dash, while the steering wheels in top-line trims are now wrapped in SofTex, a leather-like material.

Driving It Driving Impressions

While the Prius C is based on the Toyota Yaris, the hybrid has improved handling dynamics over its value-obsessed sibling. Credit for this goes to a reinforced body, optimally positioned battery and powertrain components, and a specially tuned suspension. But don't get the wrong idea: The Prius C is still about high mpg, not high mph. With a 0-60 mph of 11.5 seconds, this hybrid isn't agonizingly slow, but you will need to use discretion when engaging in any dramatic overtaking maneuvers. Meanwhile, cornering grip is acceptable and the electric power steering has a surprisingly positive feel, as does the C's regenerative disc/drum antilock braking system. Ride quality overall is on the firm side and can be a bit harsh on rough roads, especially in models with upgraded wheels and tires.

Favorite Features

TOUCHSCREEN MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM
Upper trims of the 2013 Prius C come with a Display Audio system with a built-in navigation system that features real-time traffic/weather/sports/stocks/fuel prices. In addition to the usual audio and nav functions, the 6.1-inch touchscreen acts as a command center for downloadable apps, such as Pandora, that are part of Toyota's Entune infotainment technology.

50 MPG
That's the EPA combined city/highway fuel economy rating for the 2013 Prius C. With its "city" rating even higher at 53 mpg, you'd have to buy a plug-in vehicle to outperform the Prius C's fuel economy.


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