New 2019 Toyota Prius c Hatchback
Toyota Prius c Hatchback
The 2019 Toyota Prius C is the most affordable new hybrid car. It’s also a pretty and practical subcompact hatchback.
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2019 Toyota Prius c KBB Expert Review
The 2019 Toyota Prius C is the most affordable new hybrid. Starting price: $22,450. It's a subcompact hatchback with only 99 horsepower, but to achieve 48 mpg in the city, it was never going to be a tarmac-burner. The Prius C has been around since 2012 with only a few updates. Changes happening with the 2019 range, which we’ll go into below, and the fact that the bigger Prius (no C) is within a similar financial reach -- but returns superior fuel economy -- leads us to believe it may not be around for much longer, at least in its present form. In the meantime, this fuel-sipper comes with useful safety equipment as standard while competing with the Hyundai Ioniq and Kia Niro hybrids, plus economical conventional rivals like the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic.
You'll Like This Car If...
…you want a Toyota hybrid because this company’s system has been tried, tested and trusted. It has proved itself to be as eminently reliable as a Toyota running just on gasoline. But you want the least expensive hybrid possible. Here it is.
You May Not Like This Car If...
…you need space. The “normal” Prius range isn’t much more expensive, has greater practicality and uses even less fuel (54 mpg in the city). Also, newer rivals like the Hyundai Ioniq and Kia Niro are both larger yet almost as affordable.
What's New for 2019
The 2019 Prius C range has contracted to two trim levels with new names: L and LE. Of the four previous trims, Toyota has essentially kept the middle pair. This pushes the entry-level price closer to the Prius lineup. But at least the new base Prius C has more standard equipment than before.
Apparently, the C in the 2019 Prius C’s name relates to “city.” This subcompact hatchback is certainly at home in this environment, able to spring off the line when the lights go green, dart into a traffic gap, then take advantage of tight parking spots thanks to its modest dimensions. There are rivals with more compelling driving manners, like the Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta, but the Prius C is far from the yawn that 99 horsepower might imply. The suspension is basic by modern standards, but that means a driver can feel what’s going on, trusting the setup enough to brake late into a corner, which brings a mild hint of rotation, then the car eases through the bend. It’s on the freeway where that lack of power becomes disappointing. It takes a while to reach speeds that keep up with the flow. Overtaking requires a considerate driver in front and preferably a tailwind.
TOYOTA SAFETY SENSE C
Safety Sense C is found in compact Toyota vehicles. It’s an umbrella term that incorporates forward-collision mitigation with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, lane-departure alert, and automatic high beams. It’s standard in both trim levels of the 2019 Prius C.
Drive the 2019 Prius C without going into these modes and it will still achieve great fuel economy. It qualifies as a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV). Select Eco mode, though, and the powertrain is set for maximum efficiency. In EV mode, the Prius C can run on battery power for about a half-mile.
Although the hard plastics around the dashboard and center console are more prevalent than we’d like to see, everything is put together well enough for the price. And the shapes are pleasant in a mildly futuristic way. The center-mounted display for the engine/battery system takes some getting used to if this is a driver’s first hybrid. Outward vision is excellent. For a subcompact, rear accommodation is adequate, with space for a couple of average-sized adults. Behind those seats is 17.1 cubic feet of luggage space, sufficient for three or four carry-on roller cases. Toyota doesn’t give the seats-down figure, but it can probably take another 10 of those cases.
It’s all very well for a hybrid vehicle to be easily distinguishable from those using gasoline-only power, but the Prius and Prius Prime plug-in hybrid are now (arguably) downright weird. The 2019 Prius C has its own style, which is quite conventional and perhaps all the better for it. There’s a bit of a European flavor in there that’s always welcome, providing a certain understated flair. Yet the hatchback section is also wonderfully practical.
Notable Standard Equipment
Up until now, the Prius C’s trim levels went from “One” to “Four.” For 2019, these become L and LE, with roughly the same equipment as “Two” and “Three.” This means 15-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, hill-start assistance, automatic climate control, cruise control, 6.1-inch infotainment touch screen, Bluetooth, USB port, rearview camera and 60/40-split/fold rear seats. The LE comes with keyless entry/ignition, navigation, satellite radio and an upgraded audio system.
Notable Optional Equipment
About the only options for the 2019 Prius C come with the LE trim. These are a power tilt-and-slide moonroof with a sliding sunshade and the option of deleting the black roof rails.
Under the Hood
The 2019 Prius C deploys a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine augmented by an electric motor, which is powered by a nickel-metal hydride battery (housed under the back seat). Other Toyota hybrids have more power, but the principle is the same and it’s been highly successful for the company. This model sends a total of 99 horsepower to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Just put it in D and drive. Normal, Eco and EV modes optimize fuel consumption, from Normal's already good settings to Eco's subtle adjustments of throttle response and climate control for more efficiency. EV mode shuts down the gasoline engine for short stretches at speeds below 25 mph.
73 horsepower @ 4,800 rpm
82 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
45-kilowatt electric motor
60 horsepower, 125 lb-ft of torque
Total System output: 99 horsepower
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 48/43 mpg
Add the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) to a destination charge of $920, and the 2019 Toyota Prius C in L trim costs $22,450; the LE starts at $23,875. This is the cheapest hybrid on the market, but not the cheapest subcompact. A 2019 Ford Fiesta starts at around $15,000. But it can only manage 27 mpg in the city. At the other end of the cost spectrum, the bigger and even thriftier regular Prius begins to look more accessible. Either way, those price differences are not necessarily countered by fuel savings unless the cost of gasoline goes up considerably. The other attractive trait about driving a hybrid is that it makes fewer emissions. Check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new Prius C. On the subject of resale values, the Prius C is something of a star performer.
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Toyota Prius c Consumer Reviews
January 16, 2019
Awesome car - great mph, clean air (yay!)
I love my Prius C. I've owned it for 3.5 years. This is the second Prius hybrid we've owned and it is as excellent as the first one,...
December 03, 2018
i love my prius c3
4 years ago, i was turned down for a loan for a Fiat 500e (i am a school teacher). That was a frustrating experience, because if they...
July 07, 2018
Love this car
Car gets excellent mileage, especially if you are not flooring it. Love the fact that it turns on a dime and can park anywhere. Lots of...
November 16, 2017
Its compact, cute and the most fuel efficient car that is not an electric that I ever drove! Everything works just perfect in it. Its...
October 18, 2016
RIP Little Prius C
We just lost our beloved Prius C 2014, mileage 30,000, in a motor vehicle accident. I was t-boned by a Jeep doing a U-turn. The...
May 19, 2016
Consistently better MPG than rating, yet still fun
Car has been very reliable. No mechanical issues from new. Always better MPG than rating. Despite economy, it is peppy and fun to drive.
December 29, 2015
$20 to fill up the tank and its good for 400 miles
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...
October 26, 2015
Great vehicle for commuting!
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...
September 26, 2015
I drive 2K miles per month and this car is perfect
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...
July 22, 2015
Best choice I ever made for a car!
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...
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