Instrumentation is in a narrow display from the top of the wheel to the right edge of the center vents. Think of it as a cross between the Prius's gasoline-electric hybrid powerplant and a compact four-door hatchback like the Toyota Yaris. Suspension, f: MacPherson strut, coil springs, antiroll bar Suspension, r: torsion beam, coil springs Ground clearance: 5. New for 2013 Prius c Two and Three models add a black SofTex dashboard panel while the Four trim gains a SofTex-trimmed steering wheel. If an owner experiences a failure of the inverter before the vehicle receives updated software, the dealer will repair or replace the inverter assembly with a new one at no charge. Like the Prius C and Prius Plug-in Hybrid models, the Prius C is in its second year of production and has not undergone any changes from the 2012 model.
Other standard safety features include daytime running lights, hill start assist and a tire pressure monitor system. But this isn't just a Yaris repackaged, it's a whole new breed of small hybrid car. Access to Rear window defogger with timer ®6 Entune services is complimentary for three years. If an owner experiences a failure of the inverter before the vehicle receives updated software, the dealer will repair or replace the inverter assembly with a new one at no charge. After all, there are only so many ways to get a hood, four doors and an upright rear end into a 13-foot-long car. Prius c mixes the door shape of the regular Prius and its high point at the middle pillar, with a taller roofline reminiscent of the Prius v to better meld into the hatchback tail.
Cheaper than most hybrids, the Prius C has much to offer those looking for a small hatchback. It has room for four adults, or five with kids in the back. The batteries are nickel-metal hydride, the same type found on the original Prius. Exterior Despite being 19 inches shorter than the regular Prius, the Prius c still inherits traditional Prius design themes. Note, however, that no model has adjustable height shoulder belt anchors and a tall passenger was not comfortable with the belt across their upper arm. The 2013 Toyota Prius C seats 5 passengers and has a cargo volume of 17. The gasoline engine is smaller, less powerful than the one found on the original Prius.
With its low-profile dashboard and narrow windshield pillars Prius c is open, airy and easy to see out of. The combined hybrid system achieves 99 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. Pyramid-like outer corners house fog lights on top models and the projector headlamps use a detent on the lower edge to avoid a too-often seen plain triangle. The small dash-mounted shifter is replaced with a traditional center console gear selector, though the gauge cluster is still located in the center of the dashboard for all passengers to enjoy. Many buyers of the 2013 Toyota Price C love the fuel economy the hybrid delivers, but some feel it is somewhat underpowered and its steering does not offer much feel or feedback, leaving handling average at best.
Performance is not the priority and Toyota quotes a conservative 0-60 time of 11. The 16-inch wheels and tires produce more cornering and braking power with no big detriment to ride quality, but they also change the steering settings. Front seats are roomy and offer enough headroom for adults measuring six feet and even taller. Entune services access is complimentary for three years, much longer than most similar services. Like a regular Prius, the compact and cheaper variant is boring to drive, but has extra interior noise. If you would prefer a vehicle without any or with different options, contact your dealer to check for current availability or the possibility of placing a special order.
Those figures are not quick by anyone's stopwatch. Combined output of the system is 99 hp, and the Prius C needed all of it to achieve the 10. Prius c offers the convenient Smart Key System. It is at once the most distinctive element and the most awkward. There is a fan for the battery pack on the left rear floor but even in hard driving we never heard it; we do hear it occasionally on the big Prius, either because that's a quieter car or the fan inlet is up higher and noisier.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-331-4331 -. In crash testing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Prius C the highest rating of Good in frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests. For the moderate purchase and operating costs it is hard to beat in urban congestion, and if your commute or locale changes to more highway operation, you could easily trade it for a Prius or Prius v. From some angles and certain colors the body looks like it leans backward a la Renault Megane, and the arches that carry over the wheels and around the rear resemble a bustle back or Harley cruiser fender. Across the front a character line curls in from the lower edges, rising over the grilles like a bulldogs's upper lip with the double-ellipse Toyota logo forming a small nose. If this occurs, various warning lamps will be illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle will have reduced power allowing it to only drive a short distance.
Exterior Despite being 19 inches shorter than the regular Prius, the Prius c still inherits traditional Prius design themes. Standard features include front seat side airbags, a driver knee airbag and side curtain airbags, as well as electronic stability control, traction control and antilock brakes. . The closest direct competitor to the 2013 Prius c is the Honda Insight, but while pricing is similar, the Prius c blows it out of the water with its 50 mpg Combined rating, versus the Insight's 42 mpg. Materials are mostly plastic with a few padded soft-touch panels, all expected in this class.