The compact and practical hatchback is Toyota’s main lineup, just ask anyone who grew up in the back seat of Tercel. This new formula, which was first launched in 2012, may not be as expensive as Tercel, but it is still one of the easiest ways to get into hybrids.
The 2018 Toyota Prius C does not have the latest hybrid powertrain technology from Toyota, but the Prius C still sparingly and surpasses EPA estimates of 46 mpg in the real world. It is also a small maneuverable car that is easy to park, making it ideal for city people who love efficiency. You can also take Toyota’s reputation for reliability and low operational costs as an advantage.
Of course this is an entry-level car. Apart from additional safety features and a newly updated infotainment system, the Prius C is a pretty basic car. The interior is full of hard plastic and offers little sound insulation. Driving quality is sometimes rough. Plus only 99 horsepower, the Prius C is one of the slowest cars on the road. But overall the 2018 Toyota Prius C superiority is greater than its shortcomings.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Toyota Prius C is a four-door, subcompact hatchback offered in four trim levels: One, Two, Three and Four.
Standard equipment for the Prius C One includes keyless entry, 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic high beams, LED headlights and taillights, a rearview camera, power mirrors, automatic climate control, a tilting-and-telescoping adjustable steering wheel, cloth seats with a folding rear bench, forward collision alert with automatic braking, lane departure warning, a 6.1-inch touchscreen system with voice commands, a USB port, Bluetooth and a four-speaker stereo.
The Prius C Two adds cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, a center armrest with a storage compartment, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, two-tone fabric upholstery and two additional speakers.
The Prius C Three gets you push-button start, navigation, an upgraded infotainment system, satellite radio and Toyota Entune app suite. A sunroof is available as an optional.
The 2018 Toyota Prius C Four adds 16-inch alloy wheels, LED foglights, a sunroof, heated power mirrors, and simulated leather upholstery.
The 2018 Toyota Prius C is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor fed by a nickel-metal hydride battery pack. Together this combination produces output 99 horsepower and sent to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
In performance testing, a Prius C accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 11.3 seconds, which is slow for a hybrid cars. As with any Prius, fuel economy is the most important, and the Prius C does not disappoint. EPA-estimated mileage rate at (53 city/46 highway), making it one of the most economical non-plug-in hybrids on the market.
Go inside, 2018 Toyota Prius C has an unusual mix. The gauge is mounted high and in the middle of the dash, which is a bit odd, but actually for easy reading. Unfortunately, the cabin’s plastics quality is somewhat ordinary, especially when compared to subcompacts such as Hyundai Accent and Ford Fiesta. The addition of piano black and chrome accents on the top trim reduces its effect. There is nothing special for cloth seat upholstery, and more advisable to choose vinyl Softex used in C Four trim levels.
For convenience, the 2018 Toyota Prius C presents a mixed bag, especially for high-bodied passengers. The driving position is slightly distracted by the lack of telescopic extension steering functions, and the perpendicular dabor can be difficult for short drivers to peep. The front passenger may also have problems with the glovebox, which disrupts the leg room. The rear passengers are better, because there are plenty of legs and headroom for adults, and a completely flat floor allows for even higher flexibility.
The Prius C One rear seats are folded into one piece, but the C Two and next have a 60/40-split rear seat for greater passenger or cargo flexibility. With all seats used, the cargo capacity reaches 17.1 cubic feet, as you would expect from a hatchback in this class.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Toyota Prius C is on sale and beginning to arrive at dealers now. Its full redesign is expected next year as a 2019 model. Alternatives to the Prius C include fuel-efficient cars like the Mitsubishi Mirage, Toyota Yaris iA and Nissan Versa.
Official pricing for the 2018 Toyota Prius C One will start at $21,515 (include destination fee), a $480 increase over the previous year. The top-range extends up to $25,850 for the Prius C Four.