The Prius has long been the benchmark for hybrid car performance, fuel economy, and reliability. To make the Prius brand more appealing to more buyers, Toyota launched several new versions to reach a broader audience. One of those cars was the Prius C, otherwise known as the baby Prius.
The Prius C is a compact car with Prius underpinnings. It doesn’t have as much space, and doesn’t come with as many features as the full-blown Prius, but it is less-expensive to buy and gets even better fuel economy than the regular Prius.
Why is the fuel economy better on the car that isn’t the full-blown Prius? Weight. Since the Prius C is smaller, it is lighter. With less weight to move around, the engine can be more fuel efficient.
But the Prius C isn’t without a lot of options. You can get satellite navigation. You can get Bluetooth connectivity. You can get Toyota’s Entune suite of apps. You are definitely not without options on the Prius C.
Since it’s a smaller car, you don’t have as much space in the rear seats, and the batteries do take up some of the storage space in the rear hatch. But for a compact car, you still have lots of space for groceries, supplies, and other things.
Also, I’m fonder of the design of the Prius C than I am of the regular Prius. It has a funkier look that doesn’t look as much like a Hybrid as the other Prius models. Yes, there’s a hybrid badge that does give it away, but it’s still a pretty good looking hatchback.
If you need a good, reliable car for long distance travel, the Prius C just might be the runabout you need for the back and forth to work and running errands around town, all the time doing it with great fuel economy.