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2016 Toyota Prius c Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Toyota Prius c was new.


Interior: 6.8

Test drivers say the 2016 Toyota Prius c has hard plastic trim throughout its cabin, which is fairly normal for a subcompact car. However, reviewers note that the Prius c's cabin materials are still unimpressive compared with those of some rival subcompacts. The front seats are fairly comfortable, though critics wish the steering wheel adjusted more. The rear seats are spacious. The Prius c's touch-screen infotainment system is mostly user-friendly, auto writers report, though the screen is a bit small and the smartphone integration feature can be difficult to set up.

  • "Sadly, the cabin's plastics are rather mediocre in quality, especially compared with those in other subcompacts like the Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent." -- Edmunds
  • Hard plastic dominates, but kudos to Toyota for adding a few more soft-touch panels to the interior." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • The range-topping c features a few soft touch materials, but other Prius cs make due with hard trim that is about par for the class." -- Left Lane News (2012)


The 2016 Toyota Prius c seats five and comes with cloth upholstery and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Leatherette upholstery and heated front seats are available.

Most reviewers think the Prius c's front seats are comfortable, though a few say the telescoping steering wheel doesn’t extend far enough, and the glove box cuts into passenger leg space. Test drivers say the back seats have plenty of head- and legroom for two adults, and they like that the floor is flat in the back seating area.

  • The driving position is slightly compromised by the lack of enough extension for the steering wheel's telescoping function, and the tall, upright dash can be hard for shorter folks to peer over. The front passenger may also take issue with the glovebox, which intrudes into the footwell. Backseat occupants will likely fare better, as there's ample head- and legroom for adults, and the completely flat floor allows for even more flexibility." -- Edmunds
  • "The Prius C offers comfortable and supportive seats up front, and a back seat that's good for two adults or three kids." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Headroom is more than adequate for adults up to 6 feet. Legroom is surprisingly good, only really cramped if the front seats are set far back. Entry and exit are quite easy." -- Consumer Guide (2013 rear seats)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Toyota Prius c include automatic climate control, a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port and Toyota’s Entune infotainment system, which includes a 6.1-inch touch screen. Available features include cruise control, push-button start, a moonroof, a rearview camera, navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, a higher-resolution 6.1-inch touch screen and smartphone app integration. Toyota's Safety Sense system is new and optional for 2016. It includes automatic pre-collision braking, lane departure warning and automatic high beams.

Most reviewers report that the Prius c's touch-screen infotainment system is easy to use and features large on-screen buttons. Some note, however, that the screen itself is small and that the smartphone app integration feature can be a pain to set up.

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  • "Getting started with the smartphone integration system can be a hassle, though, since you have to install an app on your phone and register for an account, plus you always need an active data connection to use it." -- Edmunds
  • "A navigation system with Toyota's Entune infotainment is standard on the Three and Four. This setup absorbs most audio functions, but its virtual on-screen buttons are large and clearly marked." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • It's a good system overall, but with a relatively small 6.1-inch touch-screen." -- Cars.com (2012 Entune) 


The 2016 Toyota Prius c has 17.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which is typical for a subcompact hatchback, though some critics wish there were more. The Prius c comes standard with a one-piece folding rear seat; a 60/40 split-folding rear seat is optional.

  • "The base Prius C One's rear seat folds down as one piece, but C Two and above trims feature a 60/40-split seat for greater passenger/cargo versatility. With all the seats in use, cargo capacity stands at 17.1 cubic feet, about what you'd expect from a hatchback in this class." -- Edmunds
  • "Prius c offers hatchback versatility, but there's not much space behind the raised rear seat backs." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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