What's New for 2013:
- SofTex leatherette dashboard trim for Prius c Two and Prius c Three trim levels
- SofTex leatherette steering wheel trim for Prius c Four trim level
The 2013 Toyota Prius c is a mini-compact 5-door hatchback equipped with a gas-electric powertrain, and is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles U.S. consumers can buy, with a combined fuel economy rating of 50 mpg. It is sold in numerical trim levels: One, Two, Three, and Four.
Standard equipment for the 2013 Prius c One includes body-color power exterior mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, LED brake lights, rear spoiler, intermittent front wipers, rear window wiper, and 15-inch steel wheels with plastic wheel covers.
The 2013 Toyota Prius c One is equipped with automatic climate control, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry, front-seat map lights, visor vanity mirrors, and cloth seats. Digital gauges and a 3.5-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) multi-function display screen with hybrid drivetrain and trip computer functions are standard on this model, as well as a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with satellite controls for the stereo and multi-function display. The standard stereo includes a CD player, USB port with iPod connectivity, auxiliary audio input jack, and Bluetooth hands-free calling with music streaming capability.
Toyota does not offer options for the Prius c One, though Toyota dealers can accessorize the car with extra-cost items. To get factory-installed upgrades, buyers must choose the Prius c Two, Prius c Three, or Prius c Four.
The Prius c Two adds cruise control, variable intermittent front wipers, 2 additional stereo speakers for a total of 6, height-adjustable driver's seat, two-tone fabric seat upholstery, center console with an armrest and storage, 60/40-split design for the folding rear seat, SofTex leatherette dashboard trim, cargo area light, and a cargo cover.
The 2013 Toyota Prius c Three is equipped with body-color exterior door handles, Touch Tracer information display, and Smart Key passive entry with push-button ignition. A Display Audio system with a 6.1-inch touch screen is also standard on this model, and includes satellite radio, HD Radio, iTunes tagging capability, and voice-recognition technology. A navigation system and 3 years of Entune multi-media services are also included on the Prius c Three. Entune provides smartphone pairing and application access, including Pandora Internet radio, Bing Internet search capability, and more. Options for this model include a power sunroof and 15-inch aluminum wheels.
The 2013 Toyota Prius c Four adds fog lights, heated exterior mirrors, 15-inch aluminum wheels, SofTex leatherette seat upholstery, and SofTex steering wheel trim. A power sunroof and 16-inch aluminum wheels are optional for this trim level.
Under the Hood
The 2013 Toyota Prius c is equipped with a gas-electric hybrid powertrain combining a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with an electric assist motor, nickel-metal hydride battery pack, regenerative braking system, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Combined, the powertrain produces 99 horsepower.
The Prius c is a \"full\" hybrid, which means that it can operate on electricity alone at lower vehicle speeds. Toyota provides the Prius c with EV, Eco, and Normal driving modes.
As rated by the EPA, the 2013 Toyota Prius c is expected to achieve fuel-economy estimates of 53/46/50 mpg (city/highway/combined).
The 2013 Toyota Prius c is equipped with 9 standard air bags, traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and Smart Stop technology that is designed to make it impossible for the car to accelerate when the brake pedal is pressed. The front seats employ Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) design.
As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash-test evaluations for the 2013 Prius c.