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2019 Toyota Prius c Review

The 2019 Toyota Prius c finishes near the bottom of our hybrid and electric car rankings. While it has some redeeming qualities, they aren't enough to overcome its dull performance and noisy, low-rent cabin.

Pros & Cons

  • Generous amount of standard safety tech
  • Above-average cargo space
  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • Subpar interior quality
  • Underpowered engine
  • Noisy at highway speeds

New for 2019

  • Trim levels condensed to L and LE trims
  • Final model year of production




Critics' Rating: 6.7
Performance: 5.3
Interior: 6.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 8.3
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Is the 2019 Toyota Prius c a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2019 Prius c is a good used car. The Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assistance features comes standard, and it provides plenty of active safety tech. The infotainment system is easy to use, and the Prius c gets good gas mileage. It also has above-average cargo capacity and a high predicted reliability rating.

This small Toyota also has some unattractive qualities, though. While it does get good gas mileage, many other hybrid and electric cars are more fuel-efficient. The Prius c also has a lethargic, noisy engine and a low-rent interior.

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We’ve researched 59 Toyota Prius c reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much is the 2019 Toyota Prius c?

Based on listings for the 2019 Toyota Prius c, the average list price is $17,558. Prices range from $17,558 to $18,638 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Toyota Prius c Cost to Own?

The 2019 Prius c’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $21,400, or $4,280 per year. That’s about average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Toyota Prius c: What's the Difference?

For 2019, Toyota condensed the Prius c’s trim levels to just two, renaming them L and LE. With this change, upscale amenities such as synthetic leather upholstery and heated front seats are no longer unavailable. Notably, 2019 marked the final model year of production for this vehicle.

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Toyota introduced the Prius c as an all-new vehicle for 2012. Here are key changes for the Prius c over the past few years:

  • 2016: Toyota Safety Sense C (pre-collision warning system with lane departure alert and automatic high-beam headlights) became available
  • 2017: Toyota Safety Sense C became standard
  • 2018: refreshed exterior styling
  • 2019: trim lineup cut to two

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 Prius c, 2017 Prius c, and 2018 Prius c reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Toyota Prius c?

The 2019 Toyota Prius c has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five.

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2019 Toyota Prius c Recalls

There have been 1 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM Recall Date: 06/25/2019
  • Summary: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Prius C vehicles. The DC-DC converter may fail resulting in the auxiliary battery no longer receiving power from the converter, which may cause a loss of drive.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 464
  • Consequence: A loss of drive increases the risk of crash.
  • Remedy: Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the DC-DC converter with a new one, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began August 23, 2019. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota's number for this recall is K0K.
  • Dates of Manufacture: FEB 05, 2018 to OCT 03, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: K0K
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V491000

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Which Used Toyota Prius c Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Toyota Prius c comes in two trims: L and LE. Most drivers will be satisfied with the base trim, which comes with a host of active safety features and a touch-screen infotainment system. Shoppers interested in additional tech goodies like navigation, the Entune app suite, and satellite radio will want to step up to the LE trim.

  • Toyota Prius c L: The base L trim comes with cloth seats, automatic climate control, and remote keyless entry. The standard infotainment system features a 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and Siri Eyes Free. The Toyota Safety Sense suite also comes standard. It includes a rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection.
  • Toyota Prius c LE: The LE trim adds satellite radio, navigation, HD Radio, the Entune app suite, and push-button start.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Hyundai and Kia both have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Prius c?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Prius c an overall safety rating of four out of five stars, with four stars in the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Prius c the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Lane departure warning
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection

Available advanced safety features:

  • Nothing notable

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2019 Toyota Prius c Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Toyota Prius c or 2019 Toyota Prius?

The 2019 Prius is a better choice than its fellow Toyota, despite the fact that these two are close to each other in our hybrid and electric car rankings. The Prius is larger than the Prius c, with more room for passengers and cargo. It also has a smoother ride, quicker acceleration, and better fuel economy than the Prius c. However, the Prius c is easier to maneuver in tight spaces and costs less to buy.

Which Is Better: 2019 Toyota Prius c or 2019 Honda Fit?

The 2019 Honda Fit isn't as fuel-efficient as the Prius c, but otherwise it's much better. The Fit has more passenger and cargo space, a nicer interior, and offers features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that you can't get in the Toyota. The Fit's precise steering and nimble handling make it more fun to drive than the Toyota, and its gas mileage is excellent for a nonhybrid.

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2019 Prius c Performance

How Does the 2019 Toyota Prius c Drive?

The Prius c’s disappointing performance fits the stereotype of the hybrid car. It does alright during city driving, but acceleration is lackadaisical, and the engine feels underpowered on the highway. It also makes plenty of noise.

On the bright side, this Toyota is highly maneuverable, making it easy to drive through crowded parking lots and confining garages. Overall handling isn't that athletic, though. Ride quality is firm, and while it's not uncomfortable, many rivals ride more smoothly.

  • Powertrain: 1.5-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor with a combined 99 horsepower
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: continuously variable automatic (CVT)
Does the 2019 Toyota Prius c Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Prius c gets 48 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. Those are decent ratings for a hybrid, though several rivals are more fuel-efficient.

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2019 Prius c Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Prius c Seat?

The 2019 Prius c seats five people in two rows. The cabin feels sturdy, but the prevalence of hard plastic materials makes it feel less upscale than many rivals' interiors. What's more, plenty of outside noise intrudes on the cabin’s occupants.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive, though it would be nice if power-adjustable seats were available. The rear seats are OK, but they don't offer as much head- and legroom as the front seats, and taller passengers will likely feel a bit cramped.

Standard seating features:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Manually adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • Nothing notable
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Toyota Prius c?

The 2019 Prius c has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use, noting that the lower anchors are set too deeply in the seats.

2019 Toyota Prius c Features

This Toyota doesn't have the longest standard features list in the class, nor does it have the largest infotainment screen. However, the system is intuitive and user-friendly, and there are physical controls for some functions.

If you're looking for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone connectivity, you're out of luck.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 6.1-inch touch screen, a USB port, voice recognition, Bluetooth, and Siri Eyes Free
  • Available infotainment features: navigation, the Entune app suite, satellite radio, and HD Radio
  • Additional standard features: automatic climate control and remote keyless entry
  • Other available features: push-button start

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2019 Toyota Prius c Dimensions

Toyota Prius c Cargo Space

The Prius c is a hatchback, and it has 17.1 cubic feet of cargo space. That's a better total than many other hybrid and electric cars, and it's great for a subcompact car like this Toyota. You can drop the rear seats if you need to haul bulkier items.

2019 Toyota Prius c Length and Weight
  • Length: 13 feet, 4 inches
  • Curb weight: 2,530 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Toyota Prius c Built?

Toyota built the 2019 Prius c in Japan.


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