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2017 Toyota Prius c

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2017 Toyota Prius c Hatchback Overview

The standard features of the Toyota Prius c One include 1.5L I-4 99hp hybrid gas engine, 2-speed CVT transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 15" aluminum wheels, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability, power mirrors.

2017 Toyota
Prius c Hatchback

Starting at: $20,150

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  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Steering wheel mounted A/C controls
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 4
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 6.1"
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 24 months/ unlimited distance
  • Maintenance warranty - 24 months/25,000miles
  • Hybrid electrical components warranty - 96 months/100,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Engine displacement - 1.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 73hp @ 4,800RPM
  • Engine torque - 82 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 74.9mm x 84.6mm (2.95" x 3.33")
  • Compression ratio - 13.40 to 1
  • Exterior length - 3,995mm (157.3")
  • Exterior body width - 1,694mm (66.7")
  • Exterior height - 1,455mm (57.3")
  • Wheelbase - 2,550mm (100.4")
  • Turning radius - 4.8m (15.7')
  • Front legroom - 1,059mm (41.7")
  • Rear legroom - 889mm (35.0")
  • Front headroom - 980mm (38.6")
  • Rear headroom - 937mm (36.9")
  • Front hiproom - 1,295mm (51.0")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,290mm (50.8")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,328mm (52.3")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,313mm (51.7")
  • Passenger volume - 2,475L (87.4 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 484 L (17 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 484 L (17 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 1.5
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 73hp @ 4,800RPM
  • Torque - 82 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Hybrid electric powertrain type - full
  • Electric motor horsepower - 60hp @ RPM
  • Hybrid system net power - 99hp @ RPM
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - continuously variable automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 46mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 9.5gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 48mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 43mpg
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 175/65HR15.0
  • Rear tires - 175/65HR15.0
  • Wheel size - 15"
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - digital
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Forward collision - mitigation


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
One 2017 Toyota Prius c Hatchback One Search New $20,150   73-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  48 / 43  
Two 2017 Toyota Prius c Hatchback Two Search New $20,950   73-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  48 / 43  
Three 2017 Toyota Prius c Hatchback Three Search New $22,375   73-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  48 / 43  
Four 2017 Toyota Prius c Hatchback Four Search New $24,965   73-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  48 / 43  


Driving Impression

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No one should be surprised to learn that a Prius c is no speed demon on the road or around town. In order to keep up with traffic, the engine has to work rather hard, while the driver may have to plan some passing/merging moves in advance. When pushed hard, too, the engine emits considerable noise.

For typical hybrid-car owners, on the other hand, modest performance is not a significant drawback. It’s simple a price to be paid for impressive gas mileage. Under the agency’s latest fuel-efficiency standards, the Prius c is EPA-rated at 48/43 mpg City/Highway, or 46 mpg Combined. (Hybrid cars typically get higher fuel economy in city driving than on the highway.)

Although the overall driving experience is less engaging than the current-generation Prius Liftback can provide, the Prius c derives handling benefits from its simple and direct steering. As a result, this little hatchback is more agile than the prior-generation big Prius, giving the driver a greater sense of the road below.

Perhaps more importantly, the Prius c is in its element when battling urban traffic. No one will mistake the Prius c for a sporty hatchback, but it can deliver a joyfully rewarding experience whether driven gently or more emphatically. Besides, when encountering a tight parking space, the Prius c stands ready to demonstrate its talent for squeezability.

Walk Around

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Some hybrid models differ little in appearance from a company’s gasoline-engine vehicles. Others exhibit a look all their own. Forthright design of the Prius c doesn’t suggest that it’s a fuel-efficient hybrid, or that it’s part of the Prius hybrid family.

Modest redesigning for 2017 gives the hatchback fresh bumpers and rocker panels, plus a new blacked-out rear spoiler. Viewed from the side, the softly rounded nose leads into smooth bodysides. The rear end looks substantially more conventional than the one on the larger Prius Liftback. In addition to tall vertical LED taillights, the back window is a single pane, hinged at the top, unlike the Liftback’s split-window setup. A long roof spoiler helps limit turbulence, adding to the car’s fuel-efficiency at highway speeds.

Interior Overview

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Inside the cabin, the Prius c is more conventional than its larger Liftback sibling. Despite recent upgrading, interior materials still have a somewhat low-budget look compared to other Prius models. Metallic-painted plastic items can be seen. Instead of a smart click, doors close with something closer to a dull thud.

Front seats were essentially borrowed from prior-generation versions of the larger Prius, but they’re sufficiently comfortable. With 35 inches of back-seat legroom, a pair of 6-foot adults can fit quite neatly, without excess crowding.

Instead of the quirky little drive-selection stalk in the bigger Prius, the Prius c gets a conventional lever positioned atop the central tunnel. Switches also are conventional. Rather than ahead of the driver, a multi-information display sits in the dashboard center.

Luggage space is substantial in the rear hatch. Behind the rear seats, cargo volume amounts to 17.1 cubic feet.


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Fuel-efficiency is doubtless the prime selling point for the Prius c. Apart from engine noise and tepid performance, though, this micro-level hatchback can be quite pleasing to drive. Still, the larger Prius Liftback is more refined and not so much more expensive. On the plus side, the One edition is reasonably well-equipped.

Driving impressions by Aaron Cole, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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Four trim levels are offered. Prices are MSRP and do not include the $885 destination charge.)

Prius c One ($20,150) includes 15-inch alloy wheels, 3.5-inch information display, cloth seat upholstery, a fold-down rear seat, automatic climate control, a tilt/telescopic steering column, remote keyless entry, power windows, and four-speaker audio with a USB port and iPad connectivity.

Prius c Two ($20,950) adds a rear spoiler, LED taillights, power mirrors with turn-signal indicators, daytime running lights, two-tone fabric front seats, six-way driver’s seat, 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, six-speaker audio, cruise control, and a cargo cover.

Prius c Three ($22,375) gets a Smart Key system with pushbutton start, Touch Tracer display, and premium audio with navigation, an apps suite, satellite radio, and HD radio.

Prius c Four ($24,965) comes with LED foglamps, a rearview camera, heated power mirrors, moonroof, and SofTex-trimmed heated front seats.

Sixteen-inch wheels are optional.

***Prices are plus taxes, tags, title, registration, and $349 documentation fee

* MSRP is the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the vehicle. Unless specifically indicated in the advertisement, MSRP does not include taxes, fees or other charges. Actual dealer pricing may vary. Consult your dealer for more information and complete details.

* The dealer advertised price may not reflect specific dealer offers, and may be subject to certain terms and conditions as indicated in the advertisement. Consult your dealer for more information and complete details.

* Images and options shown are examples, only, and may not reflect exact vehicle color, trim, options, pricing or other specifications.

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