Adding visual and functional appeal to the automaker’s most affordable hybrid, the 2017 Toyota Prius C rolls into showrooms sporting a bolder look and moving several previously optional driver-assist features as standard equipment.

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The Prius C has an edgier character thanks to new front/rear fascias, side sills and a blackout rear spoiler. For 2017, all four Prius C variants come with alloy wheels. This smallest of Toyota’s eight-member hybrid family now has Toyota Safety Sense C (TSS-C) package of driver-assist technologies, which had been optional on the Prius C One and Two grades, as standard issue on all models. The TSS-C kit includes a Pre-Collision System that can both warn a driver of an impending impact and automatically apply the brakes, Lane Departure Assist that cautions a driver when the vehicle begins to deviate from a marked lane and Automatic High Beams that control the headlamp settings depending on traffic. 

Unlike the all-new 2016 Toyota Prius and Prius Prime plug-in models that are now built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), the 2017 Prius C carries over on the existing platform and retains the same Hybrid Synergy Drive system with a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine mated with an electric motor integrated into its CVT automatic transmission. This hybrid package develops 99 total horsepower and earns the Prius C EPA ratings of 48 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway.

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Pricing for the 2017 Toyota Prius C opens $21,015 up from $20,425 in 2016. The Prius C Two starts at $21,815 while the Prius C Three commences at $23,240 and the range-topping Prius C Four commands $25,830.

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