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2013 Toyota Prius c

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2013 Toyota Prius c Review

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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 the Prius c
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.

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.

2013 Toyota Prius c Details
Interior

The C's Prius family resemblance is evident inside the hybrid's surprisingly spacious cabin. The most notable ties are in the offset positioning of the main gauge display and the multifunction steering wheel that carries over directly from the larger Prius liftback sedan. Up front, the Prius C has comfortable and supportive bucket seats. In back is a rear bench that can accommodate a pair of average-size adults or three kids. The rear seat folds to nearly double the capacity of the hatchback's already generous 17.1-cubic-foot cargo bay. Top-line models have leather-like SofTex seating, while the others feature fabric.

Exterior
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Though based on the Yaris platform, the Toyota Prius C has its own identity and exterior traits that define it as a member of the Prius family, albeit one that's over a foot and a half shorter than the standard Prius liftback. Among those visual cues are sweeping headlights, long and vertical taillights, and window design that includes a stylish boomerang shape within the rear doors. The 2013 Prius C comes with 15-inch wheels, with One, Two, and Three trims shod with steel wheels and wheel covers. Top-line Four models wear 8-spoke alloy wheels and further distinguish themselves with fog lights up front.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Prius C comes in four trims, simply named One, Two, Three, and Four. Even the sub-$20,000 One model is quite well-equipped with automatic climate control, a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD audio unit with auxiliary and USB inputs and Bluetooth streaming, and keyless entry. Prius C Two models add cruise control, 60/40 split folding rear seats in lieu of a one-piece design, a 6-speaker audio system, and a cargo cover. Prius C Three trims include Display Audio navigation unit with the Entune infotainment system, and top-line Four models have aluminum-alloy wheels, fog lights, SofTex-trimmed upholstery, and heated front seats.

Optional Equipment

The 2013 Prius C is essentially preconfigured in four equipment-specific trims, so options are minimal and confined to the upper two trim levels. Among the extras that can be had in Prius C Three and Four models are a power moonroof and upgraded wheels. For the latter, the Three model can be fitted with 15-inch, 8-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels, while the Four model can be upgraded with 16-inch versions.

Under the Hood

The Prius C is powered by a similar but smaller version of the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive system used in the larger Prius liftback. The Prius C teams a 73-horsepower/1.5-liter Atkinson Cycle 4-cylinder gasoline engine with a smaller, lighter 60-horsepower drive motor energized by a compact nickel-metal hydride battery located beneath the rear seat. In total, the gas/electric pairing supplies an adequate 99 horsepower. All Prius C models have a CVT automatic transmission, are front-wheel drive, and use regular unleaded gasoline. The Prius C offers three drive modes: Normal, Eco, and EV. Eco mode adjusts throttle response and climate control to maximize efficiency, while EV mode allows you to drive short distances (less than a mile) at speeds below 25 mph on electric power alone.

1.5-liter inline-4 + 45-kilowatt Electric Motor and 0.87kWh battery pack
73 horsepower @ 4,800 rpm/60 horsepower (99 net system horsepower)
82 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm/125 lb-ft of torque
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 53/46 mpg

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2013 Toyota Prius c Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 77 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.5/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.8/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

$20 to fill up the tank and its good for 400 miles

By on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "fun, fuel economy, very reliable, responsive"

Cons: "Slightly uncomfortable driver's seat"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The 2014 Prius C is a great car! I've had it for 9 months and have already put nearly 11,000 miles so far! The gas mileage is INCREDIBLE! The car is fun and easy to drive. Very responsive. The suspension certainly doesn't like bumps, but on smooth pavement you might catch yourself doing 80mph on the highway, the car doesn't flinch going fast. No shake or anything. Most of the time we keep the car in ECO modes, which is your classic "hybrids are only good for cities" mode. Sluggish, but you don't feel it till you need to go over 50mph or need to go up a big hill. When it's time to do highway or go over hills I'll switch the car off of Eco mode. The change is instant and noticeable. You get a lot more power but sacrifice your mileage. In town I get ~55mpg, on the highway it averages out to ~42. Car is fun to drive. Maxing out efficiency is the name of the game. Bluetooth connectivity is great. People criticize the interior but I find it functional. Space is lacking, but we've fit coolers, skis, and suitcases with minimal stuffing required! Haven't needed to get anything fixed yet. Nothing breaks on these Toyota's. Great buy! Your wallet will thank you!"

11 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Great vehicle for commuting!

By on Monday, October 26, 2015

I don't own this car

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "MPG, Comfort, Good Features"

Cons: "Noisey at high speeds - not the car just the wind."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is a great little car for commuting. It fits anywhere and is comfortable to drive. You can get up to the 60+ mpg with this car. As long as your a single driver or have a single passenger, you're fine. It's meant for hauling anything and it's not for drag racing. If you don't mind driving at a normal speed, this car is for you!"

10 people out of 22 found this review helpful

I drive 2K miles per month and this car is perfect

By on Saturday, September 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "better mpg than advertised. Great price for hybrid"

Cons: "small cargo space. road noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is exactly what I needed. I do a lot of driving (highway and city) for my job. My previous car got 22 miles per gallon so I wanted a great mileage vehicle to maximize my gas check profit. I got more than I expected from this car. I can get 48 mpg going 70+ mph on the highway and 53 mpg on long stretches of non-highway roads going 55 mph. City I can keep it over 58 mpg. All this and I am a heavy footed driver. You can hear the road noise but it does not overpower the stereo. It is also not the smoothest ride (It rides like most compact cars). I am 6'2" and very comfortable in the car; lots of head and leg room. One weird thing is that my toe hits the bar of the brake pedal. A/C is strong; which is important here in Florida. I love the look of the front end of the '15; it is a much more aggressive look. I personally think it is the best looking of all the compact cars. I very highly recommend buying this car if you are a looking for a small affordable high mpg car. You wont be disappointed."

21 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Best choice I ever made for a car!

By on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 605

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great Gas Mileage, Easy to Drive, Fun, Comfortable"

Cons: "None right now!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I was not sure about switching from a Jeep Patriot to a Prius C because my Jeep did so well in the snow! However, I used to own a Yaris and I never got stuck in the snow so I think it is mostly about the driver with small cars (unless a massive snow storm hits). I will find out in the winter how it does. But from the month I have had this car I have only filled the gas tank once and I have 605 miles on it. So, I used a tank and 1/3 to get 605 miles, I think that is amazing! The EPA rating is pretty accurate if you drive fairly normal and go more than a couple miles each time you are in the city. However, if you are slow to accelerate (on purpose) you can get so much more. The best I have gotten in the few miles I do drive around to get to work was 83 mpg in the city. Also, the highway miles have not been accurate for me. I drive about 53 mph everywhere because that gets the best gas mile for me and the best I have gotten on the highway was 70 mpg. This is almost 30 mpg more than the EPA estimate!!! I will say the power would be noticeable to someone going from something bigger and with a nice engine in it, but since I have had small cars up until my jeep the power did not seem bad. It has good get up and go even compared to having my jeep. The interior is very comfortable. I am an average height of 5'6 and the seat fits my back perfectly so it supports it. I had to get used to kind of "hopping" down into the car instead of just hopping in, but it is not so low you are struggling to get in and out. When I test drove it I had myself, my fiance and the salesman in the car and everyone had decent leg room. Even if you are in the passenger seat you can pull the glove box down and not be cramped for space. That is without the seat being all the way back either. I loved the color options being so bright! In my old yaris is was black so at night it was hard to see me coming and cars would often cut me off or almost push me off the road. However, now with the sun fusion yellow paint people see me coming and often slow down or wait for me to pass instead of cutting me off! I have the Prius C Two and from what I had before it was such an upgrade! I have a touch screen that has bluetooth for my phone to make calls, read text messages, and play music. The system to make calls works great I never fell like I am yelling and when I say a name it gets it right the first time, all the time! I would say that if you want to save gas and/or help the environment but do not want an all electric car this is the way to go! It is super reliable and has great warranties on the parts and the hybrid battery (8 years for your battery alone)! This was the best decision I made and I am so happy with everything about the car! I am going to keep this car until it cannot run anymore and then probably get another prius c if they still make them that is!"

21 people out of 30 found this review helpful

Love my Prius C!

By on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great gas mileage. Fun to drive."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Totally dependable. Great gas mileage. Consumer Reports has rated the dependability at the top of its category for three years now. Also...and this is something people miss when they talk about this model...it is great fun to drive. This is our running around car...and we have done a lot of running around with it."

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Excellent choice for small fuel efficient vehicle

By on Sunday, July 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Very reliable, very fuel efficient, easy to drive"

Cons: "No rear cabin lights or vents"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"If you're looking for one of the most fuel efficient cars on the market, and not needing the size to accommodate more than two people with luggage, this is an excellent choice. It's not powerful but works fine for everyday driving. Very reliable. Good visibility. Dash and ignition more like a conventional vehicle than a hybrid."

14 people out of 30 found this review helpful

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