Price: $23,360 ($24,615 as tested)
Engine: 1.5-liter inline-4 & 45 kW electric motor
Power: 73 hp (Combined 99hp) and 82 lb-ft of torque
While most of us may dream about owning an incredibly powerful car, sometimes you have to sit back and think about what would be the most economical choice. This can deal with the price of the car and its efficiency. I can easily say that if that is your mindset, take a look at the 2013 Prius c.
Aesthetically speaking, the Prius c looks exactly how you would expect. It has a petite exterior that is not striking in any manner, but it is still not bad to look at. Its hatchback design does the car well, and has some sharp lines that give it just a hint of “edge”. Inside the car is a decent interior that will definitely get you by. It has some technology that is on-par with pricier cars, especially the Bluetooth integration which we found to be top-notch. Space in the Prius c is there for a family of 4, but if you have to squeeze a third in the backseat, you may want to try a larger model.
Now when it comes to judging the drive of a hybrid, you don’t look for power or thrill, but instead efficiency, comfort, capability. Its small 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine combined with the 45 kW electric motor get you an mpg rating of 53 city and 46 highway, a commendable stat. Many reviewers may bash the Prius for not being quick, but in all reality, did you think they were aiming for a race car when they created the Prius? If you want a car that will get you around the city, the Prius line is always a great choice. If you want to zip onto the highway and pin people in your seats, look elsewhere.
One thing I don’t normally talk about is safety, but with the Prius c, its definitely a plus for the tiny hybrid. It earned a 4-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a great rating for a $23,000 hybrid of its size. It also includes a air bags aplenty, surprisingly great brakes, then some more airbags thrown in. And its not only safe for the family, but also for the environment being named the ‘Greenest Car of the Year’.
If you want a head turner or a tuner, grab a Toyota GT-86. Want an efficient car that will save you plenty of money? Check out the 2013 Toyota Prius c.