The Prius C is an affordable, smaller alternative for those who want a Prius hybrid for a little less money.
But its harsh ride, noisy engine and cabin, and slow acceleration make it feel more like an econobox than a sophisticated hybrid.
It gets very good city fuel economy, 37 mpg, but its overall 43 mpg falls 1 mpg short of the larger 2010-2015 Prius.
The interior is full of cheap-looking materials, the driving position and rear seats are cramped, and there's not much cargo space.
At least the C's tiny dimensions and easy parking make it a natural for urban driving. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking became standard for 2017.