Another member added to Toyota Prius’ family is Toyota Prius C hatchback. The company revealed this car at the Detroit Auto Week. Apt for the city roads, the car is designed to deliver comfort. It is 13 feet long, small hatchback and the ‘C’ at the end of its name signifies City. The Prius C is a hybrid having a gas engine of 1.5 ltr four-cylinder combined with an electric motor of 45-kW. The car gives a collective output of 99 horsepower. It gives a city mileage of 53 mpg. It has a better fuel economy as compared to the previous versions of it. It is a small, easy to park, excellent and fuel efficient car, definitely made for the city-dwellers. It is designed with a view to target mid-budget group and those who prefer small cars due to city traffic and parking issues. The company offers basic warranty of 36 months/36000 miles.
Models- It has four versions labeled as One, Two, Three and Four. And the price ranges from $19,710 to $25,140 for a fully loaded model Four.
Exteriors- Its body is beautifully crafted having a swept-back design at its rear. The front of the car has Toyota’s signature nose bump with blue-tinted badge, giving Prius its identity to its ascendants. It has sitting capacity of 5 passengers.
Interiors- It has soft padded seats for all the comfort. The steering wheel will remind you of a conventional American car. It has spacious and versatile interiors with leather seats and refined details.
Features- The car has both EV and Eco mode for fuel economy and electric propulsion. The Eco Score display screen near the digital speedometer displays crucial information like trip miles, time, current battery level and average fuel economy all at a time. It has Toyota’s Entune app integration which is pretty fast and integrates well with navigation system of the car. You can access online search, gas prices and even weather report via it. Also it has USB port for stereo and iPod connectivity, automatic climate control, push button start and Bluetooth hands free phone system. Further, it has a 6.1-inch touch-screen LCD and route guidance with visual graphics and audible voices guiding the way. As far as safety measures are concerned, the car has nine air bags, Smart Stop Technology (SST), Vehicle stability control (VSC), Brake Assist (BA), Anti-lock brake system (ABS), panic alarm, Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Traction Control (TRAC). Other highlights include power mirrors, ABS and driveline traction control, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning and 15″ steel wheels.
Price & Launch date- The price starts from $ 19710 for basic model.
All in all, Toyota Prius C hatchback is a reliable hybrid with exquisite interiors, incredible gas mileage and is affordable.