2016 Toyota Prius c

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2016 Toyota Prius c
2016 Toyota Prius c

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Fuel economy
  • Lower price than regular Prius
  • Hatchback versatility
  • Easy-to-use multimedia system

The bad:

  • Highway acceleration
  • Road noise
  • Unnatural-feeling brakes
  • Backup camera only available on top trim level

6 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2016 Toyota Prius c trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • New active safety features available
  • New Special Edition limited to 1,500 units
  • Smallest Prius version
  • Gas/electric hybrid
  • 50-mpg combined EPA rating
  • Seats up to five

2016 Toyota Prius c review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2016 Toyota Prius c?

The 2016 Toyota Prius c is a subcompact hybrid hatchback that competes with the Hyundai Accent, Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Civic Hybrid and Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid. Available trim levels include the One, Two, Persona Series, Three and Four. The mid-size Prius and slightly larger Prius v are covered separately.

What's New on the 2016 Toyota Prius c?

The Toyota Safety Sense C active safety system is available for 2016 and includes automatic high-beam headlights, a precollision system and lane departure warning. In addition, a new Special Edition features black exterior paint with either Cherry Pearl or Electric Lime accents throughout the vehicle, as well as 15-inch black-painted wheels. This model is limited to 1,500 units.

How Does the 2016 Toyota Prius c Compare to Other Subcompact Hybrids?

The 2016 Toyota Prius c earns better fuel economy numbers than the Jetta Hybrid and Civic Hybrid, and there's more room for cargo thanks to its hatchback body style. However, both competitors offer more rear legroom than the Prius c.

What Features in the 2016 Toyota Prius c Are Most important?

All 2016 Toyota Prius c models are powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor which combine for 99 total horsepower. Front-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission are included in all trims as well. Significant standard features include automatic air conditioning, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, remote keyless entry and power side mirrors. As with all new cars, the Prius c includes front airbags, an electronic stability system and antilock brakes.

Significant available features include a navigation system, a split-folding backseat, a power moonroof, cruise control, heated front seats and heated side mirrors.

Should I Buy the 2016 Toyota Prius c?

The 2016 Toyota Prius c stands out for its excellent fuel economy, intuitive multimedia system and practical hatchback design. In addition, it has a lower starting price than the standard Prius. However, excessive road noise, choppy regenerative braking and a lack of passing power can make highway driving a challenge. While a backup camera is available, it can be added only at the top trim level.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

One of the best cars ever

I daily the prius C 2 and it's just the perfect car. It's small and light enough to just zip through traffic and the instant torque from the electric engine can get you where you need to go quick. The handling is tight and responsive and the wheel is nice and smooth. Nimble, light, and forgiving is how I would describe the drive feel. The car can fit quite a bit of cargo for its size if the seats are folded down. I moved all of my stuff cross country in it and honesty could have fit more than I brougt. Otherwise, it can comfortably move 3 passengers + driver without much issue. The only thing it can't do is haul a bunch of luggage and people at the same time. When you baby it, you'll get mpg near 50, so fuel costs are a nonissue. It's never broken down and never had any issues that weren't my fault. It's the perfect car and I would recommend it to anyone who was open minded about driving a small car.

4.4

Fits my needs at this time

Nothing fancy, but I wasn’t looking for fancy. I did not want anything too large, but the hatchback gives me more possibilities in a small car. It handles really nicely and has good acceleration. Getting over 50 miles to the gallon is also a plus.

5.0

Most Inexpensive Vehicle to Drive!

I love that it only takes me around $15 to fill up the tank each time. With it being a hybrid, it makes trips very smooth and relatively inexpensive (more to spend on snacks)! Although, it doesn't have cruise control, this car is perfect for traveling all over. The previous driver (my brother) used to drive it to Pennsylvania and back at least once a month. The sound system is great too! The leg room is sufficient if you're not a big, burly person. This car has been great with traveling with the dogs, the back seat folds down to open up the whole hatch!

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
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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