2019 Toyota Prius c Review, Release Dates, Prices

The 2019 Toyota Prius c is the most affordable hybrid. This subcompact hatchback is only 99 horsepower, but with an EPA-estimated of 48 mpg in the city, it will never be a tarmac-burner. The 2019 Toyota Prius c arrives at the dealer with two trim options to configure. Unknown for its record-breaking acceleration, this fuel-saver continues to be a great choice for commuters or those who want to save their driving dollars.

The 2019 Toyota Prius c is a subcompact hatchback offered in two trim levels: L and LE. Notable standard equipment includes 15-inch alloy wheels, hill-start assistance, LED headlights, cruise control, automatic climate control, rearview camera, 60/40-split/fold rear seats, 6.1-inch infotainment touchscreen, USB port, and Bluetooth. The LE comes with keyless entry/ignition, an upgraded audio system, satellite radio and navigation.

Engine Specs

The 2019 Toyota Prius c uses a hybrid drivetrain that pairs 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and an electric motor powered by a nickel-metal hydride battery (mounted under the back seat). This combination produces a total of 99 horsepower and drives the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Helping create a more eco-friendly driving experience are the EV/ECO Mode controls. ECO Mode helps optimize fuel economy, while EV Mode enables the Prius C to travel up to one-half mile using electric power at speeds below 25 mph.

As with any other Prius models, the most important figures relate to fuel economy, and the 2019 Prius c does not disappoint. EPA-estimated mileage stands at 48 mpg city and 43 mpg highway, making it one of the most economical non-plug-in hybrids on the market.

1.5-liter inline-4 with CVT
73 horsepower @ 4,800 rpm
82 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
45-kilowatt electric motor
60 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque
Total output: 99 horsepower
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 48/43 mpg

Pricing Notes

The 2019 Toyota Prius c hatchback is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The base L model has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting from $22,450 (include $920 destination fee). The better-equipped LE trim starts at $23,875. With this price range, the Prius c is the cheapest hybrid on the market.

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