Relatively unchanged for 2013, the Toyota Prius c, the compact variant of the Prius, is a hybrid hatchback powered by a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine (73 hp/82 lb.-ft of torque) and a permanent magnet AC synchronous motor (60 hp/125 lb.-ft of torque). An electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT) paired with FWD enables the Prius c is achieve an EPA estimated 53 mpg city and 46 mpg highway, for a combined 50 mpg. Features include power tilt/slide moonroof, automatic climate control, Bluetooth® hands-free phone capabilities, USB with iPod® connectivity, push button start, and navigation. Safety is comprised of vehicle stability control (VSC), anti-lock brake system (ABS), Traction Control (TRAC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Smart Stop Technology (SST), and nine airbags. The Prius c is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
Following big changes last year, which included the introduction of several new Prius models, changes for 2013 are minimal. New this year is the Persona Series Special Edition for the Prius Three, which features 17-inch wheels, a special Black Cherry Pearl paint job and unique badges. Additionally, most models receive a modest price increase.
Leading fuel economy; proven reliability; new models provide cargo and passenger flexibility
The Prius has set the standard for hybrid-powertrains in the U.S. since it was introduced. The current model is the most efficient, most reliable Prius yet has proven to be an amazing bargain. With several Prius variations from which to choose, the winning hybrid powertrain appeals to even more car buyers. Anyone who thought the original Prius was too small should look for the Prius v. Customers looking to maximize their fuel economy would be advised to consider the Prius Plug-in. Both feature Toyota's reliable, efficient hybrid technology at a reasonable price.