2017 Toyota Prius c

Pros: Outstanding fuel economy; decent passenger and cargo space for a subcompact; reasonable base prices

Cons: Weak acceleration at highway speeds; high noise levels; some cheap-looking interior components

CG Says: For 2017, Toyota Prius c gains standard Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) that includes: pre-collision system with pedestrian detection; automatic high beams; lane-departure warning with steering assist; and adaptive cruise control. Styling has also been revised. Prius c is Toyota’s smallest hybrid. The subcompact four-door hatchback has seating for five. A 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor produce a combined 99 horsepower. A CVT automatic is the only transmission. The Prius c might be short on acceleration and quietness, but it’s big on fuel economy. Very big, actually, as it recorded some of the highest fuel economy numbers we’ve ever seen. Toss in decent versatility, passenger room, and a price tag that rivals many non-hybrid small cars, and you have an ideal choice for those who place a high value on frugality in all forms.

The Facts
Class Subcompact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Toyota
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices One: $20,150
Two: $20,950
Three: $22,375
Four: $24,965

Base Engine
1.5-liter 4-cylinder/electric
Horsepower
99
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
48
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
43