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As Toyota's least-expensive hybrid, the Prius C seems like a great idea. Similar to its namesake, the C delivers 43 mpg overall, just one mpg less than the larger Prius and a stellar 37 mpg in the city, which is the best of any car we've tested. The C's tiny dimensions and easy parking also make it a natural for urban driving.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

“It is not a performance car so I never expected rocket launch starts. Acceleration is fine, though, and the traction control makes it very sure footed in rain and snow. Handling in turns is tight and nimble.”

ED B., OR (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“In city traffic, it runs mostly in electric mode, so come time for fill up I may have 60 to 70 kms ev mode even though I mostly drive hwy”

GRAEME B., NS (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“Really pleasant rural commuter. Fun to get upwards of 60 mpg in the summer.”

THEODORE P., ME (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“Acceleration is only mediocre. Full-throttle acceleration is sometime required for freeway merges.”

GREGORY M., OH (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“Steering and brakes are over boosted.”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“It will accelerate pretty good but the engine really wines when you do this. If you got to get going fast, it does take it awhile to get up to speed. We have to pull out on a major highway on a corner and the speed limit is 50 mph, so we need to get up to speed pretty quickly as it is not a divided road with no ramp to get up to speed.”

LARRY C., NH (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“Er nimble, but does not feel like a tiny car.”

Anonymous, KS (2013 Toyota Prius C)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

“It is incredibly noisy compared to our previous Prius (2002). It is very difficult to regulate the internal temperature and it is a very bumpy drive.”

DYANNE P., CA (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“Our Prius C exhibits none of the complaints/shortcomings mentioned in your review in Consumer Reports.”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“Somewhat uncomfortable Ride.”

MARK R., CT (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“Fun little car to drive. Noisy at 75 mph and a bit tough to do the on ramps due to total 100 hp engine/battery, but the little thing handles a lot like our older VWs.”

THEODORE P., ME (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“It's very noisy (road noise).”

MARY W., NY (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“I think the seats need more padding. I use another cushion to remedy this”

ELVA M., VA (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“Would like to have arm rests on the drivers side for more comfort on long trips.”

Anonymous, SC (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“The ride is a bit harsh.”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“Seats not supportive and cause considerable back pain after about 45 minutes. This was solved by using a Sacro-Ease seat support cushion. Everything else is perfectly acceptable, comfort-wise in this vehicle.”

SEAN M., KY (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“Road noise is very high and unpleasant. Electric not an option and should be. Seat configuration is not good for back for 6' body.”

ANN W., WA (2013 Toyota Prius C)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

“I was driving 50 miles a day for work. I had to get something with good fuel economy. The Prius C was the answer. It was lowest cost when purchase price, insurance and monthly cost was factored in. The car has a great stereo and Bluetooth. It has great acceleration and handling. My 3 large teenagers and I fit comfortably. I get 56 mpg on the freeway when I travel 55mph and concentrate on fuel savings. I get 40 mpg combined city/highway on my current 14 mile daily use. I highly recommend this ca”

BRUCE B., CA (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“Excellant gas mileage, change oil every 10,000 miles”

JERALD W., GA (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“Good gas mileage. Good acceleration. Noisy and bumpy ride. Price is too high for this tiny car.”

DEB S., TN (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“Unbelievable mileage”

STEPHEN G., IL (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“I paid about $16000 for this used and am getting about 46 MPG. No, it is not a race car, but it serves my needs perfectly. It seems to be the best car environmentally (and at the lowest cost with excellent reliability) in my state of Kentucky where an all electric car would be powered by mostly coal.”

SEAN M., KY (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“i was looking for reliability and gas mileage, and got them. The other comfort factors I imagined would be less than average -- although we've taken several long trips in it, carrying a lot of luggage and other stuff, in fair comfort.”

WILLIAM S., NC (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“Overall, the C is a great little car, comfortable, economical & is very reliable.”

KATHLEEN Y., CA (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“There is no way to conceal items except in the small glove compartment. There is no cover that can be pulled over the back "trunk" area.”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“This car just runs. Maintenance is an oil change. For 20,000 miles still on first tires and brakes. It just runs, with great economy, reasonable comfort considering its size, and can seat 5 people when needed. The trunk is small, but with rear seats folded I have carried anything I needed to carry these past 3 years.”

PRESTON S., PA (2013 Toyota Prius C)

“Great financing, price, low maintenance, and gas mileage.”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Toyota Prius C)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

“Very wide struts either side of the windscreen to support the air bags raise a different safety issue of blind spots when pulling out at an intersection. Especially with cars coming from the right.”

Anonymous, AE (2013 Toyota Prius C)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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