2013 Toyota Prius c One Automatic Sedan Hybrid FWD 

  • $19k
  • 1.5L Hybrid
  • 53 city 46 hwy
9 Out of 10
There are no styling, specification or equipment changes to the Prius for 2013, though a new trim package is added, the Persona Series Special Edition.
by KBB (Nov, 2012)
The dealer-installed Plus Performance accessory package adds a sport-tuned suspension with stiffer springs, ground effects, 17-inch lightweight alloy wheels, lower-profile tires, and a rear anti-roll bar.
by KBB (Nov, 2012)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Toyota Prius c


Will it break the bank?

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Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

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Climate friendly

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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Toyota Prius c

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

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EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

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Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

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Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

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52 MPG
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31 MPG
Versa 1.6 SV
32 MPG

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

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Reviews Word on the street for the Toyota Prius c

Open the door of the 2013 Toyota Prius C, and you'll see an all-new dashboard that blends a traditional Prius centrally mounted Multi Information Display just below the windshield with more conventional controls-including not the class Prius drive selector stalk sprouting from the dash, but a conventional floor-mounted chrome shift lever.

Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio and climate controls.

The contoured dash looks particularly handsome with its 2-tone panels, although on base models the gray-colored plastic and fabric look a little dull.


8.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Due to the seamless transition between electric motor and gasoline engine, driving the 2013 Toyota Prius hybrid is a surprisingly drama-free event.
by KBB (Nov, 2012)
The Power mode delivers the full potential of the gasoline engine boosted by the electric motor.
by KBB (Nov, 2012)
The smaller, lighter hybrid gets a smaller, lighter powertrain.
by The Car Connection (Sep, 2012)


Plug-in models also have a distinct grille, wheels, door handles and lights.
by KBB (Nov, 2012)
The front end has familiar Prius-like headlamps and a big trapezoidal grille.
by cars.com (Jan, 2013)
Its styling is less Space Age-y than the rest of the Prius lineup, and you might not know it's a hybrid if it weren't for the 50-mpg EPA combined gas-mileage rating.
by The Car Connection (Sep, 2012)


Other switches and controls are recognizable from the Yaris subcompact as well.
by The Car Connection (Sep, 2012)
Inside, you'll find more cabin space in the Prius C than you might suspect.
by The Car Connection (Sep, 2012)
Also, the air conditioning can be remotely started to pre-cool the cabin.
by KBB (Nov, 2012)


Acceleration is about on par with other economical subcompacts.
by The Car Connection (Sep, 2012)
earn to manage the system, utilizing regenerative braking and the low-speed full EV mode whenever possible, and you can push actual mileage even higher.
by KBB (Nov, 2012)
The Prius C was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick last year; it comes with nine standard airbags, along with all the now-typical safety aids such as electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist.
by The Car Connection (Sep, 2012)


On the road, the smallest Prius is surprisingly nimble and maneuverable, especially in comparison to the numb and ponderous handling of its larger siblings.
by The Car Connection (Sep, 2012)
The Prius' steering wheel incorporates a wheel-like control that operates the Touch Tracer Display controlling a number of fuel-usage and hybrid-operation displays on the Prius' LCD information screen.
by KBB (Nov, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Toyota
Body style Sedan
Model year 2013
City range 503 miles
Highway range 437 miles
MSRP $19k
Annual cost $4,913

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 3.5 m³
CO2 per car made 0.46 metric ton

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 1.5L
Air compressor None
Fuel Hybrid
Cylinders I4
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Continuously-variable
Transmission Automatic 2WD

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 4 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio N/A
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control N/A
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof N/A
Navigation system N/A
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering N/A
Power windows Standard


EPA smog score 8
EPA GHG score 10
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.1 g
Combined CO2/mile 179 g
Methane/mile 0 g
NMOG/mile 0.01 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 95 g
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 2
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas Yes
Lifetime CO2 emissions 27 tons

power & handling

Max torque 82 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Max HP 73 HP @ 4,800 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 34.25 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 31.4 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Beam
Front brakes Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes Drum
Front wheel width 175 mm
Front wheel diameter 15 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 65

safety features

Active head restraints No
  1. Head curtain
  2. Knee
  3. Driver
  4. Passenger
  5. Side
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 66.7 in
Front track width 58.3 in
Height 56.9 in
Ground clearance 5.5 in
Length 157.3 in
Wheelbase 100.4 in
Curb weight 2,500 lb
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 49 ft³
Rear seat room 39 ft³
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