2017 Toyota Prius c

2017 Toyota Prius c
2017 Toyota Prius c

2017 Toyota Prius c


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 48 mpg City, 43 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.5 L Hybrid I-4, 99 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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One of the most remarkable things about the Prius is how little it asks from the owner in exchange for its legendary fuel efficiency. Special fuel isn't needed, and there's no need to plug the standard Prius into the wall at night. Further, drivers are not consigned to a tiny interior and miniature storage space, and finally, premium mileage numbers don't have to cost an arm and a leg.

The Prius drives, handles and behaves just like any other mid-sized car. It just happens to get the kind of fuel economy that can impress almost anyone. Starting at around $25,000 the Prius is competitive with other cars in its price bracket, offering ample interior space, a quiet comfortable ride, plenty of interior gadgets and world-famous mileage figures. With the all-new Prius Prime plug-in's range of up to 600 miles means there's nowhere that can't be gotten in a Prius.

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What's New For 2017

The Toyota Prius was totally redesigned for 2016. It carries over this year largely unchanged, though a new plug-in hybrid variant, the Prius Prime, replaces the previous model. The Prime differs in looks from the standard Prius, and it pairs the excellent 1.8L four found across the Prius range with a new 8.8 kWh battery pack. Toyota claims a total gas/electric range of 600 miles, with a battery-only range of up to 22 miles. A full charge takes less than six hours. The Prime will debut later in the model year.


  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 2 Years / Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid Component: 8 Years / 100,000 Miles

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NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 4 stars
  • Side Passenger: 4 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

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Specifications for 2017 Toyota Prius c

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Pre-Collision System (pcs) Forward Collision
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver Knee Airbag, Driver And Passenger Cushion Front Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
    • Radio: Entune Audio -inc: the Entune Multimedia Bundle, 6.1-inch touch-screen display, AM/FM CD player, MP3/WMA playback capability, 4 speakers, auxiliary audio jack, USB 2.0 port w/iPod connectivity and control, advanced voice recognition, hands-free phone capability, phone book access and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology and Siri Eyes Free
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 5J x 15" 8-Spoke Alloy
    • Tires: P175/65R15 All-Season -inc: low rolling resistance and temporary spare tire/wheel (T125/70 D16)
    • Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Black Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Fixed Interval Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Black Grille
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • LED Brakelights
    • Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Headlamps
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 4-way adjustable driver's seat and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat
    • Full Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Traction Battery Level, Power/Regen, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Front Cupholder
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
    • Automatic Air Conditioning w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Glove Box
    • Air Filtration
    • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Fixed Rear Head Restraints
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Digital Display
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Trip Computer
    • Systems Monitor
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Instrument Panel Bin, Dashboard Storage, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Front Map Lights
    • Full Floor Console w/Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Fabric Seat Trim
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Driver Foot Rest
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 1.5L 4-Cylinder Atkinson Cycle w/VVT-i -inc: EV/ECO modes
    • Transmission: Continuously Variable Automatic -inc: Electronically controlled
    • Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • Hybrid Electric Motor
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front Anti-Roll Bar
    • Electric Power-Assist Steering
    • 9.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Regenerative Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
    • Nickel Metal Hydride Traction Battery

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 9
    • Drum - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) - 9
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 17.1
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Gas/Electric I-4
    • Displacement - 1.5 L/91
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 99 @ 4800
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 82 @ 4000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 100.4
    • Length, Overall (in) - 158.7
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 66.7
    • Height, Overall (in) - 58.7
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 58.3
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 58.1
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 9.5
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 87.4
    • Front Head Room (in) - 38.6
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.7
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 52.3
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 51
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 35
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 51.7
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 50.8
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 46
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 48
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 43
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 31.4
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Toyota Prius c
    • Body Style - Hatchback
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Torsion Beam
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Torsion Beam
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P175/65HR15
    • Rear Tire Size - P175/65HR15
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 1
    • Trans Description Cont. - CVT w/OD
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Compact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 3.8
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2530
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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Launched for the 2012 model year, the Prius c is Toyota’s lowest-priced hybrid model. It’s also the smaller member of the Toyota Prius family of hybrid (gasoline/electric) vehicles.

Bumpers and rocker panels were redesigned for the 2017 model year, along with the rear spoiler and new alloy wheels. Toyota also has made standard its Safety Sense suite of driver-assistance features, including a pre-collision system, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams.

Officially considered a subcompact, the Prius c is a bit longer than some competitive models, measuring 158.7 inches. Urbanites and commuters are the foremost prospects for a modestly priced, fuel-efficient little runabout like the Prius c. Toyota says c stands for city. We think of it as meaning cheap or compact. Roomier than expected, the interior shows evidence of cost-cutting measures, but it is a solidly built hatchback.

The hybrid powertrain combines a 60-horsepower electric motor with a 73-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and a 19.3-kW (144-volt) nickel-metal hydride battery pack. Like most smaller hybrids, the Prius c uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT). System output totals 99 horsepower. Both the battery pack and the gasoline tank fit beneath the rear seat, which permits a full-depth cargo area.

Four logical trim levels are offered: One, Two, Three, and Four. Each version contains power windows, mirrors, and door locks, along with automatic climate control and remote keyless entry. A 6.1-inch touchscreen for the audio system includes a USB port and iPod connectivity.

Even when driving with zest, the Prius c is fuel-efficient. Normal mode is for everyday driving. EV mode, activated by a dashboard button, lets the Prius c run on electricity alone, but for less than a mile, below 25 mph. Eco mode curtails power output by controlling throttle operation and lowering climate-control settings, for even thriftier fuel usage. Painfully slow acceleration is the penalty for that level of thriftiness. And motorists behind may not appreciate it.

Safety scores in crash-testing aren’t the best. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Prius c a four-star rating overall, and the same score for frontal and side-impact collisions. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given the hatchback Good crash scores, but only an Acceptable evaluation for that organization’s small-overlap crash test. Nine airbags are standard, along with the newly standard Safety Sense suite.


Four trim levels are offered. Prices are MSRP and do not include the $885 destination charge.)

Prius c One ($20,150) includes 15-inch alloy wheels, 3.5-inch information display, cloth seat upholstery, a fold-down rear seat, automatic climate control, a tilt/telescopic steering column, remote keyless entry, power windows, and four-speaker audio with a USB port and iPad connectivity.

Prius c Two ($20,950) adds a rear spoiler, LED taillights, power mirrors with turn-signal indicators, daytime running lights, two-tone fabric front seats, six-way driver’s seat, 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, six-speaker audio, cruise control, and a cargo cover.

Prius c Three ($22,375) gets a Smart Key system with pushbutton start, Touch Tracer display, and premium audio with navigation, an apps suite, satellite radio, and HD radio.

Prius c Four ($24,965) comes with LED foglamps, a rearview camera, heated power mirrors, moonroof, and SofTex-trimmed heated front seats.

Sixteen-inch wheels are optional.


Some hybrid models differ little in appearance from a company’s gasoline-engine vehicles. Others exhibit a look all their own. Forthright design of the Prius c doesn’t suggest that it’s a fuel-efficient hybrid, or that it’s part of the Prius hybrid family.

Modest redesigning for 2017 gives the hatchback fresh bumpers and rocker panels, plus a new blacked-out rear spoiler. Viewed from the side, the softly rounded nose leads into smooth bodysides. The rear end looks substantially more conventional than the one on the larger Prius Liftback. In addition to tall vertical LED taillights, the back window is a single pane, hinged at the top, unlike the Liftback’s split-window setup. A long roof spoiler helps limit turbulence, adding to the car’s fuel-efficiency at highway speeds.


Inside the cabin, the Prius c is more conventional than its larger Liftback sibling. Despite recent upgrading, interior materials still have a somewhat low-budget look compared to other Prius models. Metallic-painted plastic items can be seen. Instead of a smart click, doors close with something closer to a dull thud.

Front seats were essentially borrowed from prior-generation versions of the larger Prius, but they’re sufficiently comfortable. With 35 inches of back-seat legroom, a pair of 6-foot adults can fit quite neatly, without excess crowding.

Instead of the quirky little drive-selection stalk in the bigger Prius, the Prius c gets a conventional lever positioned atop the central tunnel. Switches also are conventional. Rather than ahead of the driver, a multi-information display sits in the dashboard center.

Luggage space is substantial in the rear hatch. Behind the rear seats, cargo volume amounts to 17.1 cubic feet.

Driving Impressions

No one should be surprised to learn that a Prius c is no speed demon on the road or around town. In order to keep up with traffic, the engine has to work rather hard, while the driver may have to plan some passing/merging moves in advance. When pushed hard, too, the engine emits considerable noise.

For typical hybrid-car owners, on the other hand, modest performance is not a significant drawback. It’s simple a price to be paid for impressive gas mileage. Under the agency’s latest fuel-efficiency standards, the Prius c is EPA-rated at 48/43 mpg City/Highway, or 46 mpg Combined. (Hybrid cars typically get higher fuel economy in city driving than on the highway.)

Although the overall driving experience is less engaging than the current-generation Prius Liftback can provide, the Prius c derives handling benefits from its simple and direct steering. As a result, this little hatchback is more agile than the prior-generation big Prius, giving the driver a greater sense of the road below.

Perhaps more importantly, the Prius c is in its element when battling urban traffic. No one will mistake the Prius c for a sporty hatchback, but it can deliver a joyfully rewarding experience whether driven gently or more emphatically. Besides, when encountering a tight parking space, the Prius c stands ready to demonstrate its talent for squeezability.


Fuel-efficiency is doubtless the prime selling point for the Prius c. Apart from engine noise and tepid performance, though, this micro-level hatchback can be quite pleasing to drive. Still, the larger Prius Liftback is more refined and not so much more expensive. On the plus side, the One edition is reasonably well-equipped.

Driving impressions by Aaron Cole, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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