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2016 Toyota Prius c

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$10,882 — $19,610 USED
5 Seats
50 MPG
Key specs of the base trim
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Is this the car for you?

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 trophy.
2016 Awards: Eco-Friendly Car of the Year
From the Vehicle Test Team
2016 Toyota Prius c exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Toyota Prius c
  • 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

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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.'s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

2016 Toyota Prius c Overview

By Editors
Vehicle Overview

The subcompact Prius c is a smaller alternative to the regular Prius and Prius v. C stands for "city," and the Prius c is a ... Read More

Consumer Reviews

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Most reliable car I ever owned

by Mbkamor from Sterling on January 7, 2019

This car met all my need very gas officiant very comfortable and has a lot of leg room and cargo, money saver up to 57MPG Read full review


The Perfect car for me

by Cat woman from Memphis, TN on December 3, 2018

This is the best car I have ever owned. It is so good looking, and the mileage is phenomenal. It fits me perfectly. I really do love it. Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2016 Toyota Prius c currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Head Restraints and Seats

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Moderate overlap front

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Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

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New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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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