This smaller, less expensive alternative to the regular Prius feels more like a subcompact than a sophisticated hybrid. In the end, you pretty much get what you pay for. It has a harsh ride, a noisy engine and cabin, and slow acceleration. The interior looks and feels cheap, the driving position and rear seats are cramped, and there's little cargo space. However, its 37 mpg is the best city fuel economy of any car we've tested, and its 43 mpg overall is just 1 mpg less than the previous-generation Prius hatchback. Its tiny dimensions make it a natural for urban driving. Reliability is well above average, but the Prius C scored too low to be recommended.