2017 Toyota Prius c

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2017 Prius c Overview

Launched for the 2012 model year, the Prius c is Toyota's lowest-priced hybrid model.It's also the smaller member of the Toyota Prius family of hybrid (gasoline/electric) vehicles.

Bumpers and rocker panels were redesigned for the 2017 model year, along with the rear spoiler and new alloy wheels.Toyota also has made standard its Safety Sense suite of driver-assistance features, including a pre-collision system, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams.

Officially considered a subcompact, the Prius c is a bit longer than some competitive models, measuring 158.7 inches.Urbanites and commuters are the foremost prospects for a modestly priced, fuel-efficient little runabout like the Prius c.Toyota says c stands for city.We think of it as meaning cheap or compact.Roomier than expected, the interior shows evidence of cost-cutting measures, but it is a solidly built hatchback.

The hybrid powertrain combines a 60-horsepower electric motor with a 73-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and a 19.3-kW (144-volt) nickel-metal hydride battery pack.Like most smaller hybrids, the Prius c uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT).System output totals 99 horsepower.Both the battery pack and the gasoline tank fit beneath the rear seat, which permits a full-depth cargo area.

Four logical trim levels are offered: One, Two, Three, and Four.Each version contains power windows, mirrors, and door locks, along with automatic climate control and remote keyless entry.A 6.1-inch touchscreen for the audio system includes a USB port and iPod connectivity.

Even when driving with zest, the Prius c is fuel-efficient.Normal mode is for everyday driving.EV mode, activated by a dashboard button, lets the Prius c run on electricity alone, but for less than a mile, below 25 mph.Eco mode curtails power output by controlling throttle operation and lowering climate-control settings, for even thriftier fuel usage.Painfully slow acceleration is the penalty for that level of thriftiness.And motorists behind may not appreciate it.

Safety scores in crash-testing aren't the best.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Prius c a four-star rating overall, and the same score for frontal and side-impact collisions.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given the hatchback Good crash scores, but only an Acceptable evaluation for that organization's small-overlap crash test.Nine airbags are standard, along with the newly standard Safety Sense suite.
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2017 Prius c Overview

Launched for the 2012 model year, the Prius c is Toyota's lowest-priced hybrid model.It's also the smaller member of the Toyota Prius family of hybrid (gasoline/electric) vehicles.

Bumpers and rocker panels were redesigned for the 2017 model year, along with the rear spoiler and new alloy wheels.Toyota also has made standard its Safety Sense suite of driver-assistance features, including a pre-collision system, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams.

Officially considered a subcompact, the Prius c is a bit longer than some competitive models, measuring 158.7 inches.Urbanites and commuters are the foremost prospects for a modestly priced, fuel-efficient little runabout like the Prius c.Toyota says c stands for city.We think of it as meaning cheap or compact.Roomier than expected, the interior shows evidence of cost-cutting measures, but it is a solidly built hatchback.

The hybrid powertrain combines a 60-horsepower electric motor with a 73-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and a 19.3-kW (144-volt) nickel-metal hydride battery pack.Like most smaller hybrids, the Prius c uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT).System output totals 99 horsepower.Both the battery pack and the gasoline tank fit beneath the rear seat, which permits a full-depth cargo area.

Four logical trim levels are offered: One, Two, Three, and Four.Each version contains power windows, mirrors, and door locks, along with automatic climate control and remote keyless entry.A 6.1-inch touchscreen for the audio system includes a USB port and iPod connectivity.

Even when driving with zest, the Prius c is fuel-efficient.Normal mode is for everyday driving.EV mode, activated by a dashboard button, lets the Prius c run on electricity alone, but for less than a mile, below 25 mph.Eco mode curtails power output by controlling throttle operation and lowering climate-control settings, for even thriftier fuel usage.Painfully slow acceleration is the penalty for that level of thriftiness.And motorists behind may not appreciate it.

Safety scores in crash-testing aren't the best.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Prius c a four-star rating overall, and the same score for frontal and side-impact collisions.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given the hatchback Good crash scores, but only an Acceptable evaluation for that organization's small-overlap crash test.Nine airbags are standard, along with the newly standard Safety Sense suite.Hide Full Review