2014 Toyota Prius c

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$19,080

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2014 Toyota Prius c
2014 Toyota Prius c

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

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

The bad:

  • Strains on hills
  • Spongy brake-pedal feel

4 trims

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Notable features

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

2014 Toyota Prius c review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The subcompact Prius c is a smaller alternative to the regular Prius, Prius Plug-In and Prius V. C stands for “city,” and 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 2014
There are no significant changes.
Exterior Highlights

  • About 19 inches shorter than regular Prius
  • 15-inch steel wheels with plastic covers; 15- or 16-inch alloy wheels available
  • LED taillights
  • Rear spoiler
  • Available power moonroof
  • Available fog lights
  • Available heated side mirrors

Interior Highlights

  • CD stereo with MP3 jack, USB port and Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel with accessory controls
  • Available upgraded stereo with touch-screen navigation system and Entune entertainment system
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available push-button start
  • Available 60/40-split folding backseat

Under the Hood

  • 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with electric motor make 99 horsepower total
  • Nickel-metal-hydride battery pack for hybrid system
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive

Safety Features

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

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.9
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Great car

I have owned mine for 8 years and 73,000 miles and I still love it. I am getting about 56-58 mpg tank average in the summer and 45-50mpg in the winter due to colder temperatures and using the heat often, affecting battery-only usage. Cruises on the highway great, and is perfect around town. Blue Streak Metallic paint has held up great, no clear coat damage and still feels great after a clay bar/ polish. I just have some rock chips on the hood, but they haven't started rusting and have been there for many years. Pretty comfortable considering it's size and wheelbase, it's nice and quiet too. I like that it has an actual gear selector and handbrake unlike the "regular" prius with it's little knob thing and foot brake. Interior has held up great, easy to clean the fabric seats, and all the buttons and tech work perfectly. I was able to unplug the speaker that makes the annoying hybrid sound at low speed, so now it's silent in EV mode which is great. I always recommend them to my friends, and most have never heard of a Prius C. I'd like a 4runner or something cool with more cargo space, but I can't get over their gas mileage under 20 mpgs. Think I'll just keep my Prius C lol.

4.6

Up to 45 miles per Gallon !!!

At 45 miles per gallon combine it is a deal breaker 8 gallons max capacity tank that means I get an average of 360 ( sometimes is less sometimes is more all depend of various factors ex: road conditions,driving skills, temperature all influences in the final result) but the way gasoline prices are nobody can beat full gas tank for les than 48 dollars and get 360 miles per run it is a no Briner plus it is very cheap to maintain less than 100 dollars every six months (more or less again depending of the use ) the down side if I may call that is it is that it has very small interior if you want to fit the 4 passengers capacity well all them including the driver will be very uncomfortable this car is has been designed for a city conmmute but again who can argue with the economic that this beauty is ?

4.1

Underrated and Overlooked.

The best feature is, of course, fuel economy. Our car exceeds it's EPA rating, we regularly achieve 60MPG. I don't understand why many reviewers mention slow acceleration when it's no worse than many other vehicles. Another common complaint is the quality of interior materials. Of course we'll have wait to to see how rugged they are, but it appears that light weight was a requirement, and the materials used remind me of aircraft fabrics. Climate control is very good, there's heat in about 1/4 mile. My biggest complaint by far is the uncomfortable (too far forward) headrests. Another headrest issue is the way they block vision to the rear. There must be a government headrest regulation involved because we noticed the same problem with other manufacturers vehicles, it seems that in mitigating one danger another hazard is exacerbated. Visibility is also impaired by the position of the wide "A" pillars, probably to accommodate air bags. By my reasoning, avoiding an accident in the first place is better than relying on safety features after an impact. Handling is excellent, but there's no feedback. Frequent correction is required during highway driving but that may be an issue with wheel alignment. Braking is also very good, but uneven, like hybrids in general. The headlights low-beam is OK but could be better because the high-beams are excellent. In almost 60,000 miles we've only changed oil, wiper blades and replaced filters, noting has broken. We do have a set of winter tires to get through those three months, which prolongs the life of the normal tires. My wife is the primary driver, she mostly takes short trips, and she loves her Prius C. I do like this car and plan on keeping it a long time, my complaints are really minor and many reflect the current trend in automotive design. I'd buy another one for myself if it was available in a wagon version, a little more cargo capacity would be nice. I might just buy another one anyway.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Hybrid electric
96 months/100,000 miles
Maintenance
24 months/25,000 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
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
Yes
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