2013 Toyota Prius C Hybrid Review and Price
The Toyota’s Prius C got just small updates for 2013 model year, emulates the Prius Liftback in making high mpg and low discharges a top priority. The vehicle is plain in numerous respects, but in others it’s fairly well equipped, plus it can be spec ‘d with a healthy degree of electronic connection besides. And while it’s one of the most fundamental Prius, one might likewise argue it is the most enjoyable to drive.
Toyota states the “c” stands for “city,” and it is perfect for urbanites. There’s absolutely nothing stopping anyone from pushing it into task as a suburban car, or rural vehicle, or even a motorway car– just like eco-mobiles have actually been made to in the past, whether preferably suited or not.
Provided just as a hybrid, the Prius c is a variation on Toyota’s trademarked “Hybrid Synergy Drive” style albeit in a 1.5-liter flavor– the same displacement the initial Prius had actually when launched in the U.S. in 2000.
A dozen years more recent, the Prius c weighs 265 pounds less than the first-gen Prius, determines 12-inches shorter, and beats the first Prius’ EPA rating of 42 city, 41 highway by 21 percent in the city, 9 percent on the freeway, and 18 percent combined.
Due to the fact that it’s smaller and lighter, Mpg numbers are a little easier to achieve in the c even over the current Liftback in part. Compared to the Liftback it is: 157.3-inches long versus 176.4-inches long; 56.9-inches tall compared to 58.7 inches tall; 66.7-inches large compared with 68.7 inches diverse.
The Prius c’s wheelbase is six inches much shorter at 100.4 inches compared to the 106.3-inch Liftback wheelbase, and the c’s 2,500 pound weight is 542-pounds less.
Similarly crucial if not even more is mpg is enabled by the c’s 60-horsepower electric motor– that in fact contributes 25.9 horse power to the HSD system– and has the goal of using electrical energy as frequently as possible to prevent burning fuel.
In turn, the 73-horsepower, 82-pounds-feet torque from the Atkinson cycle engine requires the aid, and Toyota rates the entire bundle at a modest 99 horse power which is routed with a (fuel-saving) constantly variable transmission (CVT).
The c stores the electrical juice in a downsized 0.87 kilowatt-hour nickel-metal hydride that’s little enough so no trunk or seating area is compromised, and it conceals under the rear seat proximal to the fuel tank.
Ninety-nine horse power suffices to motivate the lighter automobile with its wind-cheating 0.28 drag coefficient, if not with scorching speed.
Forward motion is dished out by way of three selectable drive modes– Normal, Eco, and fuel-free EV which– presuming adequate battery charge and moderate acceleration– lets the c travel about one mile at up to 25 miles per hour.
Based on the Yaris platform, the Toyota Prius C has its own identity and exterior characteristics that define it as a member of the Prius household, albeit one that’s over a foot and a half much shorter than the basic Prius liftback. Among those visual cues are sweeping headlights, long and vertical taillights, and window design that includes an elegant boomerang shape within the rear doors. The 2013 Prius C includes 15-inch wheels, with One, Two, and Three trims shod with steel wheels and wheel covers. Top-line Four models put on 8-spoke alloy wheels and additional distinguish themselves with fog lights up front.
The C’s Prius family resemblance is noticeable inside the hybrid’s surprisingly spacious cabin. The most noteworthy ties are in the balanced out positioning of the major gauge display and the multifunction guiding wheel that carries over directly from the larger Prius liftback sedan. Up front, the Prius C has encouraging and comfortable pail seats.
All trim levels consist of basic AM/FM CD with MP3/WMA, auxiliary audio jack, USB port with coaxial jack, hands-free phone and telephone directory gain access to plus songs streaming through Bluetooth.
With a starting price under $20,000, this 5-passenger hatchback represents the least pricey method to obtain into a Toyota hybrid.
The Prius c One ($19,890) comes with power windows and locks, automatic environment control, recurring front and rear wipers and a tilt/telescoping wheel with audio, environment, multi-information display and Bluetooth hands-free phone controls, remote keyless entry and hill start aid, which avoids rollback on hillsides when you let off the brake pedal.
Prius c Two ($20,840) adds cruise control, an upgraded audio system, a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, center console with armrest and a freight area tonneau cover.
Prius c Three ($22,575) further comes with a Display Audio system with Navigation and Toyota’s Entune that includes a 6.1-inch touchscreen, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, HD Radio with iTunes Tagging, vehicle details with adjustable setups, and advanced voice recognition. Entune includes Pandora, Bing plus real-time info such as traffic, weather, fuel costs, stocks, and sports. Available apps are OpenTable, iHeartRadio and MovieTickets.com.
Prius c Four ($24,170) gets 15-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indications and integrated fog lamps.