2013 Toyota Prius c

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Toyota Prius c. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    50 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    73-hp, 1.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    2-speed CVT w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Gas mileage
  • Ride comfort
  • Lower price than regular Prius
  • Hatchback versatility

The Bad

  • Strains on hills
  • Spongy brake-pedal feel

Notable Features of the 2013 Toyota Prius c

  • Smallest Prius version
  • Gas/electric hybrid
  • 50-mpg combined rating
  • Seats up to five

2013 Toyota Prius c Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The compact Prius c joined the Prius lineup in 2012 alongside the regular Prius, Prius Plug-In and Prius V. C stands for "city," and the car is a small, affordably priced hybrid that seats five and gets an EPA-estimated 53/46 mpg city/highway. The Prius c is a four-door hatchback that's available in four trim levels — One through Four. Competitors include the Honda Insight hybrid and high-mileage subcompacts like the Hyundai Accent, Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic.

New for 2013
Prius c Two and Three models add a black SofTex dashboard panel while the Four trim gains a SofTex-trimmed steering wheel.
Exterior
Despite being 19 inches shorter than the regular Prius, the Prius c still inherits traditional Prius design themes. The front end has familiar Prius-like headlamps and a big trapezoidal grille. From the side, the Prius c has the appearance of a traditional subcompact hatchback. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 15-inch steel wheels with covers; 15- or 16-inch alloy wheels optional
  • LED taillights
  • Rear spoiler
  • Available power tilt/sliding moonroof
  • Available push-button start
  • Available fog lights
  • Available heated power side mirrors

InteriorInside the Prius c cabin there's a surprising amount of room including 17.1 cubic feet of cargo space. The digital dashboard features a standard 3.5-inch customizable display that shows fuel economy, hybrid system operation and intuitive Eco Score/Eco Savings data. Interior features include:

  • Standard CD st...
Vehicle Overview

The compact Prius c joined the Prius lineup in 2012 alongside the regular Prius, Prius Plug-In and Prius V. C stands for "city," and the car is a small, affordably priced hybrid that seats five and gets an EPA-estimated 53/46 mpg city/highway. The Prius c is a four-door hatchback that's available in four trim levels — One through Four. Competitors include the Honda Insight hybrid and high-mileage subcompacts like the Hyundai Accent, Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic.

New for 2013
Prius c Two and Three models add a black SofTex dashboard panel while the Four trim gains a SofTex-trimmed steering wheel.
Exterior
Despite being 19 inches shorter than the regular Prius, the Prius c still inherits traditional Prius design themes. The front end has familiar Prius-like headlamps and a big trapezoidal grille. From the side, the Prius c has the appearance of a traditional subcompact hatchback. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 15-inch steel wheels with covers; 15- or 16-inch alloy wheels optional
  • LED taillights
  • Rear spoiler
  • Available power tilt/sliding moonroof
  • Available push-button start
  • Available fog lights
  • Available heated power side mirrors

InteriorInside the Prius c cabin there's a surprising amount of room including 17.1 cubic feet of cargo space. The digital dashboard features a standard 3.5-inch customizable display that shows fuel economy, hybrid system operation and intuitive Eco Score/Eco Savings data. Interior features include:

  • Standard CD stereo with MP3 jack, iPod connectivity and Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Standard automatic air conditioning
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio and climate controls
  • Available upgraded stereo with touch-screen navigation system and Entune entertainment system
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available 60/40-split folding backseat

Under the HoodThe Prius c features a 73-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine matched with a 60 hp electric motor. Mechanical features include:

  • Engine uses regular gas
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electrically assisted power steering

SafetyStandard safety features include:

  • Nine airbags
  • Electronic stability system with traction control
  • Antilock brakes

 


2013 Prius c Video

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Excellent Long Haul Freeway Cruiser

by Spencer from Eden Valley, CA on October 17, 2018

I purchased my 2013 Prius C-4 in March 2018 with 15k miles for $13k. It now has 52k miles since I drive it non stop from Sacramento CA to Phoenix AZ 850 miles 13 hours each way twice per week. It gets ... Read full review

(5.0)

Best City Car Ever!!!!

by SonicGodHead on August 5, 2018

The Absolute Best Car to Own Driving Around Los Angeles, Amazing Gas Mileage, Total Ease Parking, So Reliable, Small with Exceptional Room Inside, (2 2X12 combo amps, big pedalboard and 3 guitars with ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Toyota Prius c currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Toyota Prius c One

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Toyota
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 85,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12, 000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Prius c received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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