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Toyota Prius C
Toyota Prius C
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$19,080 - $23,360
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Toyota Prius C Overview

Starting at about $20,000, the Prius C is a smaller and less-expensive alternative to the regular Prius. But its harsh ride, noisy engine and cabin, and slow acceleration make it feel more like a rudimentary subcompact than a sophisticated hybrid. The interior looks and feels cheap, the driving position and rear seats are cramped, and there's little cargo space. However, the C does get the best city fuel economy, 37 mpg, of any car we've tested, and its 43 mpg overall is just 1 mpg less than the regular Prius. Reliability is well above average, but the Prius C scores too low in our testing to be recommended. Plus, the Prius C scored a poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.

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