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.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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Overall Reliability Verdict
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Potential Trouble Spots
Engine Major
NA
NA
Engine Minor
NA
NA
Engine Cooling
NA
NA
Transmission Major
NA
NA
Transmission Minor
NA
NA
Drive System
NA
NA
Fuel System
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Electric System
NA
NA
Climate System
NA
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Suspension
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Brakes
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Exhaust
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Paint/Trim
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Toyota Prius C owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"because of the screen position, during sunlight an object behind the car can't be seen on screen. Also, the system doesn't boot up quickly, when one is likely to be backing up, and the screen is taken up by information about the radio station when th"

Shannon D., LA (2013 Toyota Prius C Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Accelerator reeves upon backing off gas pedal. Milage way down as a result.Dash milage-gauge has gone erratic. Toyota dealer "is on it" seeking a fix"

Kenneth G., CT (2013 Toyota Prius C Four 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Doesn't always connect to device. Cannot control device from screen"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Prius C Four 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"I have US Cellular telling me the static I am hearing while on my bluetooth is my new Prius but the Toyota people are telling me it is US Cellular's faught. I even went out and upgraded to a Samsung 5 phone still horrible reception. Stop the madness"

Meredith I., NC (2013 Toyota Prius C Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"i was having an intermittent pairing issue with the radio and my Samsung Galaxy S5 that even baffled the techs. They replaced the radio but that didn't fix the issue. the radio would randomly drop the Bluetooth connection shortly after it was established. Seems to have been an issue with the Bluetooth component inside the radio"

Ed T., AZ (2013 Toyota Prius C Three 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Speakers

"a buzz in one of the front speakers or near it and only set off by specific frequency"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Toyota Prius C Two 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen goes blank

"Entertainment system will spontaneously reboot in the middle of driving once a month or so. Drops all connections such as Bluetooth, including any calls I may be on. Luckily this does not affect the dashboard display"

Peter K., IL (2013 Toyota Prius C Three 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"After a year and a half of ownership, the climate control system often stopped functioning. You couldn't turn the system on or off while driving, would have to pull over, turn vehicle off, restart, then it would begin to function again"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Toyota Prius C Three 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Blower (fan) motor

"Even with the blower off the driver still has heat or cold air coming in at the feet"

Sheila R., WA (2013 Toyota Prius C Two 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Heater system

"At time it takes an unusual amount of time for the car to heat up (the outside temp is not the issue). The system cannot be totally turned off"

Sheila R., WA (2013 Toyota Prius C Two 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Poor heat, esp, in care of winter. I drive on ECO heating for defrosting is very bad. take 10 minutes in winter. also pushes down the gas mileage. Seems like car was built for FL or southern CA"

Yesvy G., MD (2013 Toyota Prius C Two 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"had to get the alignment done at 33000 miles, only put 16000 mile on the vehicle since purchase"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Prius C Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Shocks or struts

"New shock assembly on my 1997 Prism was 20 times more better, than on my new Prius - have a terrible time going over bumps, pot-holes. seems like the car has NO shock absorbers, at all !!"

Yesvy G., MD (2013 Toyota Prius C Two 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"body trim moldings that are on the roof of the car are loose to the point I can't use a drive-thru car wash or any similar wind environments. The Toyota dealer declined to fix it within the 2 years stating it was not covered. poor quality for this trim"

Ed T., AZ (2013 Toyota Prius C Three 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The drip molding on the roof of the car keeps coming off of the driver and passenger side. Both have been replaced multiple times"

Stephen N., TX (2013 Toyota Prius C Three 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"The cabin is noisy on the highway"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Prius C Four 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"The locking mechanism in the drivers side door quit working. Not allowing us to lock or unlock door"

Stephen N., TX (2013 Toyota Prius C Three 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
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