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Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Toyota Prius c ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Subcompact Cars category. Currently the Toyota Prius c has a score of 8.4 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 51 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 6.4
Interior: 6.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 8.7
Reliability:
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2015 Toyota Prius c Review

The 2015 Toyota Prius c ranks near the top of the subcompact car class, thanks mainly to its perfect projected reliability score. However, it has a harsh ride, a weak powertrain, and a noisy, low-quality cabin. 

Pros & Cons

  • Terrific fuel economy
  • Spacious back seat
  • Choppy ride on rough roads
  • Noisy at highway speeds
  • Sluggish acceleration

New for 2015

 

  • Slightly updated interior and exterior styling
  • Touch-screen infotainment system now standard 

 

2015 Toyota Prius c Overview

Is the 2015 Toyota Prius c a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Toyota Prius c is a good car if your primary goal is a fuel-efficient vehicle that will last a while. It earns outstanding fuel economy estimates and has a class-leading reliability rating. Its cabin, on the other hand, isn't as pleasing, with its noisiness and cheap materials. There's a good amount of back-seat and cargo space, but front-seat occupants could use more room. The Prius c is best for driving locally, as it's slow to get up to highway speeds. 

Used 2015 Toyota Prius c Performance and Interior

The front-wheel-drive Toyota Prius c gets 99 horsepower combined from its four-cylinder gas engine and electric motor. It offers satisfactory power for cruising around the city, but it can feel taxed at highway speeds or when ascending inclines. That's a fairly common complaint about subcompact cars, however. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard. The Prius c's EPA-estimated 53 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway are some of the best fuel economy numbers in the segment. The Prius c feels fairly nimble through turns, but it can't compete with peppier rivals. It also has a harsh, noisy ride – unlike its sibling, the Toyota Prius

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The five-seat, four-door 2015 Toyota Prius c hatchback isn't very nice inside, offering cut-rate materials and an abundance of hard plastics in lower trims. The front seats are somewhat comfortable, but some drivers may want a bit more length from the telescoping steering wheel. The large glove box also cuts into some front-passenger legroom. The back seats have good space for a couple of adults or a few kids. There are complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the Toyota Prius c's rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether anchor in the rear middle seat. There's plenty of room to stash your gear in the Prius c's 17.1-cubic-foot cargo hold, which is an above-average capacity for the class.

Standard features in the 2015 Prius c include automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, an auxiliary audio jack, and a 6.1-inch touch-screen Entune infotainment system. Available features include a sunroof, push-button start, navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, a higher-resolution 6.1-inch touch screen, and smartphone app integration with support for Pandora internet radio.

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Used 2015 Toyota Prius c Prices

Used 2015 Prius c models range from about $12,400 for the base One trim up to around $15,500 for the Four trim. The car's final cost will depend on factors like its location, condition, mileage, and features.

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We Did the Research for You: 47 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews are not based on our own opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total costs of ownership, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 47 professional reviews for this 2015 Toyota Prius c overview to help you make a smart purchase.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Toyota Prius c?

The Toyota Prius c is the only car in the class with a perfect projected reliability score of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the Prius c?

In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety evaluations, the Toyota Prius c earned a Top Safety Pick award and the highest rating of Good in four crash tests. It earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the small overlap front test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Prius c four out of five stars for overall safety and in its frontal, side, and rollover crash tests. The Prius c's only available driver assistance feature is a rearview camera. 

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Should I Consider Another Used Prius c?

The 2015 Prius c is part of the car's first generation, which began production in the 2012 model year. An earlier first-generation model may save you some money, but you should note the 2015 Prius c received some worthwhile updates. These include an interior and exterior styling refresh and a standard touch-screen infotainment system. 

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Which Used Toyota Prius c Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Toyota Prius c comes in four trims: One, Two, Three, and Four. The Prius c One comes with automatic climate control, a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, an auxiliary input jack, and Toyota’s Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen. Those standard features should meet the needs of most subcompact car shoppers.

The Prius c Two doesn't add many notable features, just a few interior updates like two-tone front seats, 60/40 split-folding back seats, and a leatherette center console. It also comes with cruise control. The Prius Three includes an upgraded Entune Premium Audio system with navigation and a split-screen display, satellite radio, HD Radio, the Entune App Suite, a six-speaker stereo, hands-free phone capability, and push-button start. The top-of-the-line Prius Four adds a power moonroof, heated and power-adjustable outside mirrors, and a rearview camera.

Despite the Prius c's perfect projected reliability rating, a certified pre-owned model is an option to consider. 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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2015 Toyota Prius c and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Prius c or 2015 Toyota Prius?

The 2015 Toyota Prius is plagued with some of the same issues as the Prius c, including slow highway acceleration and lackluster cabin materials. However, the Prius is the superior car, offering greater ride comfort and a few more cubic feet of cargo space. It also comes with more standard features, including a rearview camera and push-button start. While the Prius gets outstanding fuel economy estimates, the Prius c gets a few more mpg in the city.

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Prius c or 2015 Toyota Yaris?

If a good-looking cabin is important to you, the 2015 Toyota Yaris is the better car. Its cabin features attractive finishes, like chrome and soft-touch surfaces, and it’s available in two- and four-door body styles. The Yaris has impressive fuel economy numbers for a gas-only vehicle, but it still can't match the Prius c's estimates. The Yaris also suffers from a harsh ride and an outdated four-speed transmission.

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