2013 Toyota Prius c Review

The 2013 Toyota Prius c is a hybrid car that sits near the top of its class. It can travel far on a single tank, and its reliability score is superb. However, its engine power and interior quality fall short of rivals. 

Pros & Cons

  • Terrific gas mileage
  • User-friendly navigation system
  • Leisurely acceleration
  • Stiff ride

Rankings & Research

The 2013 Toyota Prius c's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Subcompact Cars category. Currently the Toyota Prius c has a score of 8.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 43 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 8.1
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2013 Toyota Prius c Overview

Is the 2013 Toyota Prius c a Good Used Car? 

A used 2013 Prius c four-door hatchback is an excellent subcompact car, especially if fuel economy and reliability are your top priorities. None of its classmates come close to the Prius c’s gas mileage. However, there’s a price to pay for all that efficiency: a weak engine and a drab, noisy cabin. Unless you do a lot of commuting, other vehicles in this class will better suit your needs.

Used 2013 Toyota Prius c Performance and Interior

The front-wheel drive 2013 Toyota Prius c hybrid has 99 horsepower, which makes for sluggish acceleration. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard. According to the EPA, the 2013 Prius c achieves 53 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway. Those are stellar estimates that no other car in the class can touch. Although the Prius c isn’t particularly agile, it feels fairly composed through turns. However, its ride quality is somewhat rough on uneven surfaces.

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The 2013 Toyota Prius c seats five, with an interior teeming with hard plastics. That’s not uncommon, but several rivals have nicer cabins. The front seats provide plenty of space and good visibility, and the rear seats have sufficient legroom for most adults. The Prius c has 17.1 cubic feet of cubic space, which is a good for a subcompact hybrid vehicle.

The base Prius c comes with an auxiliary jack, a USB port, and Bluetooth. A user-friendly touch-screen navigation system, satellite radio, and Toyota’s Entune mobile app suite are available. 

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Used 2013 Toyota Prius c Prices

A 2013 Prius c One, the base model, has an average price of $11,200. The top trim, the Prius c Four, typically costs about $13,600. Depending on the car’s location, condition, mileage, and features, these prices may vary. 

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We Did the Research for You: 43 Reviews Analyzed

We base our used car rankings and reviews on an analysis of hard data – including crash test scores, reliability ratings, and total cost of ownership estimates – as well as the opinions of the automotive press. We researched and analyzed 43 Toyota Prius c reviews for this 2013 Prius c overview.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Toyota Prius c?

The 2013 Prius c is the only subcompact car to earn a perfect reliability score of five from J.D. Power. 

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How Safe Is the Prius c?

There are no available advanced safety features. Still, the 2013 Prius c has an above-average safety score for the class. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest rating of Good in four crash tests. However, it earned the lowest rating of Poor in the small overlap front test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it Prius c four stars (out of five) in all four of its safety evaluations. 

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Is the 2013 Prius c the Best Model Year to Buy?

The Prius c was a new vehicle for the 2012 model year. There were very few changes over the next two model years. Before buying a 2013 model, consider a 2012 Prius c. It’s nearly identical to the 2013 model, but it likely costs less. 

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Which Used Toyota Prius c Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Prius c is available in four trims: One, Two, Three, and Four. The Prius c One comes with automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a four-speaker stereo, and a USB port. The Prius c Two adds cruise control and 60/40 split-folding rear seats. The Three trim provides the best value and features for most shoppers. It comes with push-button start, a 6.1-inch touch screen, navigation, Entune mobile app suite, and satellite radio. The Prius c Four has leatherette-trimmed and heated front seats, heated outside mirrors, and fog lights.

You may also want to consider buying a certified pre-owned vehicle. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully. 

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2013 Toyota Prius c and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Toyota Prius c or 2013 Toyota Yaris?

Both the 2013 Toyota Yaris and the Prius c are designed for commuting, with no frills on the inside and minimal engine power that maximizes fuel economy. However, the Prius c has much better fuel economy. The Yaris’ 30 mpg city is no match for the Prius c’s 54 mpg, but highway numbers are no better. Also, the Prius c has a couple more feet of cargo space and a slightly better reliability rating.

Which Is Better: 2013 Toyota Prius c or 2013 Honda Fit?

The 2013 Honda Fit can’t match the Prius c’s fuel economy, but it beats the Toyota in most other ways. The Fit is a joy to drive on curvy roads. Also, it has plenty of back-seat legroom and a whopping 40.2 extra cubic feet of cargo space. It was one of our 2013 Best Cars for the Money.

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