2018 Toyota Prius c

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Key Specs

of the 2018 Toyota Prius c. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    46 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

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

The Bad

  • Highway acceleration
  • Road noise
  • Unnatural-feeling brakes

Notable Features of the 2018 Toyota Prius c

  • Backup camera now standard
  • Automatic emergency braking standard
  • Smallest Prius version
  • Gas-electric hybrid
  • Seats up to five

2018 Toyota Prius c Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The subcompact Prius c hybrid is a smaller alternative to the regular Prius. C stands for "city," and the Prius c is a four-door hatchback that competes with high-mileage subcompacts like the Hyundai Accent, Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic.

New for 2018

A backup camera is now standard.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

fuel efficient car

by g3shankar on August 14, 2018

the perfect small car for fuel efficiency. it is ideal for city driving. most comfortable and has all the Toyota safety features. thanks so much for building an amazing car Read full review

(5.0)

Leather heated seats sooth away my pains and aches

by Helge from Van Etten on August 13, 2018

Love everything about it so far great mileage with high end luxury to boot. I've loaded up the hatch back with all my bug out gear and it fits perfectly. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Toyota Prius c currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Toyota Prius c One

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

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
marginal
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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
marginal
Structure and 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 / unlimited distance

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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