of the 2016 Toyota Prius c. Base trim shown.
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- Fuel economy
- Lower price than regular Prius
- Hatchback versatility
- Easy-to-use multimedia system
- Highway acceleration
- Road noise
- Unnatural-feeling brakes
- Backup camera only available on top trim level
New active safety features available
New Special Edition limited to 1,500 units
Smallest Prius version
50-mpg combined EPA rating
Seats up to five
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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The 2016 Toyota Prius c currently has 0 recalls
36 months / 36,000 miles
60 months / 60,000 miles
24 months / unlimited distance
7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic Warranty Terms
12 months/12, 000 miles
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer Certification Required
160- or 174-point inspections