2019 Toyota Prius C Hatchback

#14
in Hatchbacks
2019 MODEL
$21,530 - $22,955

6.9

Overall Rating

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2019 Toyota Prius C Hatchback Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: March 15, 2019


Introduced in 2012 the Toyota Prius is among the most simple and reliable mode of transportation. Based on the underpinnings of Yaris, it gets an estimated 46 miles per gallon in combined driving, which is, needless to say, a lot higher than most other cars on the road.

Under the hood, the Prius consist of the gasoline-electric motor which puts out 99 hp and drives front wheel through a 6 speed automatic transmission. Languid acceleration and low-quality cabin are some of its drawbacks. Despite of its small footprint the Prius offers enough room for passengers and their luggage.

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Pros

Excellent Fuel efficiency

A long list of standard safety tech

Easy to maneuver

Cargo space

Cons

Cheap looking interior

Underpowered engine

Noisy cabin at highway speed

Stiff ride

What's New?

There are no changes for the 2019 Toyota Prius


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21530

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

91 cu.in.

horsepower

73 hp @ 4800 rpm

torque

82 lbs.-ft @ 4000 rpm

transmission

continuously variable-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

58.5/58.1

dimensions

wheelbase

100.4 in.

length

162.4 in.

width

68.6 in.

height

58.7 in.

curb weight

2530 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

43 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

11 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

48/46/43 mpg

highway range

408.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

2 yr. / 25000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Toyota Prius C Hatchback in Absolutely Red color  2019 Toyota Prius C Hatchback in Black Sand Pearl color  2019 Toyota Prius C Hatchback in blizzard pearl color  2019 Toyota Prius C Hatchback in Blue Streak Metallic color  2019 Toyota Prius C Hatchback in Classic Silver Metallic color  2019 Toyota Prius C Hatchback in Magnetic Gray Metallic color
Absolutely Red

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

6.7

Interior

7.1

6.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Toyota Prius C Hatchback L

L

power
73 hp @ 4800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
46 combined

$21,530


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
L 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $21,530 MSRP (48/46/43) 73 hp @ 4800 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Classic Silver Metallic
  Magnetic Gray Metallic
  Tide Pool Pearl
  Absolutely Red
  Blizzard Pearl
  Black Sand Pearl

 2019 Toyota Prius C Hatchback LE

LE

power
73 hp @ 4800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
46 combined

$22,955


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LE 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $22,955 MSRP (48/46/43) 73 hp @ 4800 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Classic Silver Metallic
  Magnetic Gray Metallic
  Tide Pool Pearl
  Absolutely Red
  Blizzard Pearl
  Black Sand Pearl

Expert Review

6.9

Overall Rating


The little Prius C comes with long list of safety equipment as standard while competing with the Hyundai Ioniq and Kia Niro hybrids, plus conventional rivals like the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, and Chevrolet Sonic.


 

6.7/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

7.1/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Toyota Prius C Hatchback Features

The 2019 Toyota Prius is offered in two trim levels which are known as L and LE. Both of the variants are powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric battery, together they produce a total output of 99 hp and 82 pound-feet of torque. Power is exclusively transmitted to the front wheels by a 6 speed automatic transmission.

Trims

L

LE

MSRP

$21,530

$22,955

Key Features

Front-wheel Drive type

Includes L + :

  ABS and driveline Traction control

SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, seek-scan Radio

  15" machined w/painted accents aluminum Wheels

Navigation system

  Front air conditioning, automatic  
 

AM/FM stereo, seek-scan Radio

 
 

Premium cloth Seat trim

 

We Recommend

The L trim is recommended as it comes to a host of standard safety features like the pricier LE trim at the little lower price tag.  You can also go for the LE trim which doesn't cost much more, gets navigation, a higher-resolution touchscreen and additional stereo speakers.

2019 Toyota Prius C Hatchback Engine and Performance

6.7/10

"If you're looking for ultimate fuel economy for your money, you'll like the 2019 Toyota Prius C. The hatchback is America's least expensive hybrid and there isn't another subcompact available that can match its fuel-economy ratings of a 48-mpg city and 43 mpg on the highway. The Prius C also has a stellar reputation for reliability and comes standard with many high-tech active-safety systems – Kelly blue book

The Toyota Prius employs a 1.4 liter DOHC 16-Valve with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence(VVT-I) producing 73 hp @ 4800 rpm and 82 lb-ft of torque @ 4000 rpm. A permanent magnet 45 kW AC synchronous motor generates 60 hp. The total combined output is 99 hp which feels enough to move around the city but lacks power for highway passes. The Prius makes a loud droning noise when you are pushing it hard on freeways

The power is routed to front-wheels through a 6 speed automatic transmission. Transitions are smooth with typical rubber band effect which plagues every CVT.

Models

Toyota Prius Hatchback

Hyundai Ioniq hybrid Blue hatchback

Honda Insight LX sedan

Chevrolet Volt LT hatchback

Nissan Leaf S hatchback

MSRP

$23,770

$23,285

$22,830

$34,395

30,885

Engine

1.8L i4

1.6L i4

1.5L i4

1.5L i4

N/A

Transmission

CVT automatic

6 Speed manual

Continuously variable automatic

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

Horsepower

121 hp@ 5200rpm

139 hp@ 5700rpm

151 hp@ 6000 rpm

149 hp@ 5600rpm

147 hp@ 3282rpm

Torque

105 ft-lbs@ 3600rpm

109 ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

99 ft-lbs@ 5000 rpm

294 ft-lbs

236 ft-lbs

The Toyota Prius puts out lowest numbers, although lack of power doesn’t hurt you much. Nissan Leaf produces highest number of horsepower followed by Hyundai Ioniq and Chevrolet Bolt.

Acceleration

The Prius C is engineered to optimize fuel efficiency and not outright speed. In spite of its low curb weight, it takes a long 11.4 seconds to sprint from zero to 60 mph and 18.2 seconds to cross the quarter-mile mark at 75 mph. It reaches to highway speeds adequately and dashes from stoplights with ease.

Models

Toyota Prius hatchback

Hyundai Ioniq hybrid Blue hatchback

Honda Insight LX sedan

Chevrolet Volt LT hatchback

Nissan Leaf S hatchback

0-60 MPH

9.7

8.7 sec

8 sec

8 sec

7 sec

Quarter mile

17.1

16.5 sec

16 sec

N/A

N/A

Engine

1.8L i4

1.6L i4

1.5L i4

1.5L i4

N/A

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

3.8

3.0

3.4

N/A

3.8

The Nissan Leaf, owing to the most powerful powertrain in this comparison, leads the chart in acceleration performance. The Chevrolet Volt is a distant second, due to a smaller and more efficient engine followed by the Hyundai Ioniq. The Toyota Prius is slowest among all.

Ride and Handling

The Toyota Prius is powered by a timid 1.4 liter engine which works together with a 60 hp electric motor to produce 99 hp of total output. The lack of power disappoints you on the freeway and it takes a while to reach at high speed. The C in the Prius denotes city and apparently, its eco-dimensions makes it easy for you to maneuver in tight parking spots and corners. The suspension is basic and street undulations are transmitted into the cabin. Even though the ride quality is compliant, some might find it to be too firm. Many others in the class offer a smoother ride, especially over rough roads.

This Toyota’s regenerative brakes help conserve fuel by recharging the battery and they can feel different than traditional brakes and may take some time to get used to. The handling is well balanced and precise but small tires don’t give much grip on turns.

Braking

The braking feel is of Toyota Prius C is very reassuring, they are easy to modulate around town and on corners. It nicely combines regenerative braking and mechanical braking functions. The Toyota Prius C takes 173 feet to stop from 70 mph which is above average for this segment.

Model

Toyota Prius hatchback

Hyundai Ioniq hybrid Blue hatchback

Honda Insight LX sedan

Chevrolet Volt LT hatchback

Nissan Leaf S hatchback

Brake Front (in.)

10

11

11.1

11

11.1

Brake Rear (in.)

10.2

10.3

10.2

10

11.5

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3075

2996

2987

3519

3433

60-0 MPH (ft.)

121

123

121

120

124

Chevrolet Bolt is the quickest to come to a halt, and the Toyota Prius comes second with near identical deceleration. The other two also returns similar numbers and there is not much of difference.

2019 Toyota Prius C Hatchback Fuel Economy

The Prius c delivers 48 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. These are some of the best estimates in the class. The EV mode allows the Prius C to travel on electricity alone for up to a mile at low speed.

Model

Toyota Prius hatchback

Hyundai Ioniq hybrid Blue hatchback

Honda Insight LX sedan

Chevrolet Volt LT hatchback

Nissan Leaf S hatchback

MPG (city)

54

57

55

42

124

MPG (highway)

50

59

49

42

99

MPG (combined)

52

58

52

42

112

Range (miles) (city/highway)

N/A

678/702

583/519

N/A

N/A

Tank Capacity (gal)

11.3

11.9

10.6

8.9

9.5

Nissan Leaf aces in terms of fuel efficiency. The Hyundai Ioniq and Toyota Prius return similar numbers. Chevrolet Volt on the other hand is left behind.

2019 Toyota Prius C Hatchback Interior

7.1/10

The downside is that C's entry-level status is pretty evident. The ride quality can be harsh at times, and the interior is full of uninviting hard plastics. The Prius C is also loud inside and slow compared to its competition. -Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The Toyota Prius can seat 5 people and the interior is put together well for the price. The cabin is sturdy, constructed from hard plastic but excessive road noise makes it look less refined. Thin pillars and lots of glass accounts for good outward visibility. The front seats offer an ample amount of comfort and all models are fitted with cloth upholstery. Although the seats provide good overall support, however, taller individuals may feel cramped. Rear seats also have an apmle amount of room and apt comfort.

Model

Toyota Prius hatchback

Hyundai Ioniq hybrid Blue hatchback

Honda Insight LX sedan

Chevrolet Volt LT hatchback

Nissan Leaf S Hatchback

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.4/55/42.3

39.1/56.1/42.2

39.3/56.9/42.3

37.8/56.5/42.1

41.2/54.3/42.1

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.4/53/33.4

37.4/55.0/35.7

36.9/55.0/37.4

35.8/53.2/34.7

37.3/52.5/33.3

The competition is just a few inches ahead though, with the Prius losing out on shoulder room to every contender in the segment.

Interior features

  •  
  • Automatic climate control.
  • Integrated backup camera12
  • 3.5-in. TFT Multi-Information Display (MID) with outside temperature, clock, fuel economy information, cruising range, odometer, trip distance, hybrid system information, Hybrid System Indicator, ECO Savings, ECO Score, energy monitor
  • Fabric-trimmed seats; 6-way adjustable driver’s seat; 4-way adjustable front passenger seat with seatback pocket
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seats
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt/telescopic steering wheel with steering wheel controls
  • Remote keyless entry system with illuminated entry
  • Power windows with driver-side one-touch auto up/down
  • Soft-touch center console with armrest and storage compartment
  • Cargo area tonneau
  • One front 12V auxiliary power outlet

Infotainment System

Toyota Prius C comes with Entune infotainment system which features a 6.1-inch infotainment screen. It is intuitive to use with well laid control knobs and hard touch buttons

  • AM/FM cache radio, HD Radio
  • CD player, six speakers, auxiliary port
  • USB media port,
  • Advanced voice recognition
  • Hands-free phone capability
  • Phone book access and music streaming5 via Bluetooth®5 wireless technology
  • HD Radio™9 Predictive Traffic and Doppler Weather Overlay, SiriusXM
  • Satellite Radio10 with 3-month All Access trial.

Cargo Capacity

This hatch has 17.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which is one of the highest estimates among the subcompact segment. You can also use 60/40 split folding rear seats to accommodate more cargo. Low lift height with wide hatch opening allows easy loading of your belongings.

Model

Toyota Prius hatchback

Hyundai Ioniq hybrid Blue hatchback

Honda Insight LX sedan

Chevrolet Volt LT hatchback

Nissan Leaf S hatchback

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

24.6

26.5

15.1

10.6

23.6

The Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf have similar amount of cargo space. Hyundai Ioniq have the highest amount of cargo space. The Chevrolet Bolt losses here and comes with only 10 cubic feet f storage.

2019 Toyota Prius C Hatchback Exterior

It’s all very well for a hybrid vehicle to be easily distinguishable from those using gasoline-only power, but the Prius and Prius Prime plug-in hybrid is now (arguably) downright weird. – Kellybluebook

Dimension and Weight

The 2019 Toyota Prius adopts a more conventional look rather than having a swanky hybrid design. Still, nothing looks like a Prius on the road and it will be easy to spot in a parking lot.

Prius C has its own unusual styling, the European styled nose is lower and sleeker than before with several character lines along the sides slashing the slab look. The rear end is high as before with chevron -styled lights integrated into c pillar. Toyota’s 15 inches machined alloys ensure that you always arrive in style.

Model

Toyota Prius hatchback

Hyundai Ioniq hybrid Blue hatchback

Honda Insight LX sedan

Chevrolet Volt LT hatchback

Nissan Leaf S hatchback

Curb weight (lbs.)

3075

2996

2987

3519

3433

Length(in)

178.7

176.0

183.6

180.4

176.4

Width(in)

69.3

71.7

71.6

71.2

70.5

Height(in)

58.1

56.9

55.5

56.4

61.4

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

5.3

N/A

N/A

5.9

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

106.3

106.3

106.1

106.3

Track width (in) F/R

60.2/60.6

61.5/62.1

60.9/61.6

60.6/61.8

60.6/61.2

The Toyota Prius and Hyundai Ioniq are similar in terms of curb weight, so they feel nimble at corners. The Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Bolt are bit heavier and you feel the extra weight of batteries.

Exterior Features

  • LED tail and stop lights
  • Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with on/off feature and LED lamp
  • Black side rocker and wheel arch moldings
  • Black roof rail accent
  • Front and rear lower silver-accented bodyguards
  • Power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators
  • 15-in. 8-spoke machined alloy wheels with dark-gray-painted accents and P175/65R15 tires
  • Color-keyed shark-fin antenna
  • Intermittent rear window wiper
  • Color-keyed rear spoiler

2019 Toyota Prius C Hatchback Safety

The Toyota Prius comes with the STAR safety system

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC),
  • Traction Control (TRAC)
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist (BA)17 and Smart Stop Technology® (SST)18 S S
  • Pre-Collision System20 with Pedestrian Detection21 (PCS w/PD),
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA)22
  • Automatic High Beams (AHB)23 S S
  • Nine airbags

2019 Toyota Prius C Hatchback Competition

Hyundai Ioniq

The Hyundai Ioniq comes with best in class cargo capacity an MPG figures. The Toyota certainly have better build quality than the Ioniq and offers better performance. There is no reason to skip the Ioniq to buy a Prius, unless of course you're only looking for recognition as a "hybrid vehicle owner". Prius will get you instantly recognised as one, which although shallow, is definetley a buying criteria for some.. So if Practicality and Frugality is your demand, the Prius has its nose ahead otherwise Ioniq is the performance champ.

Chevrolet Bolt EV

The Chevrolet Bolt have has a more all-electric range and more powerful than most plug-in hybrids. It also comes equipped with plenty of safety features and advanced tech. It impresses you with its nimble handling and is easy to drive around cities. However, it may be a bit problematic or tricky to park the vehicle since the car's nose is hard to see. Like many of its peers, it suffers from compromised cabin space.

Chevrolet Volt has by far the least emissions in this group, which when you think about it, should be the primary goal for a hybrid car. Afterall, hybrids were created to save the planet.

Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf is among the first and foremost hybrids introduced to the world of petrol addicts. The leaf comes with 110 miles of electric range which is way higher than the Prius.. The Leaf is more spacious and offers higher cargo space than the Prius so practicality is your concern go with the Leaf. Overall the Leaf takes the chequred flag .

2019 Toyota Prius C Hatchback Final Verdict

If you want an affordable hybrid and a stellar fuel economy than it doesn't get much better than the 2019 Toyota Prius C. It is essentially a smaller version of the popular Toyota Prius with a budget price tag. It has got less space, a noisy cabin, but what important to think of it as an alternative to non-hybrid subcompact hatchbacks.