Toyota Prius c  vs Honda Civic 

Toyota Prius c Two

  • $20k
  • 1.5L Hybrid
  • 53 city 46 hwy
Front view of Toyota Prius c
It's far more agile, and it's perfectly suited to tight parking spaces, city street jousting, and all the other places you need a small, maneuverable hatchback that can carry four people and their gear.
by The Car Connection (Feb, 2014)

Honda Civic CVT

  • $25k
  • 1.5L Hybrid
  • 44 city 47 hwy
Front view of Honda Civic
We characterized the compact sedan’s exterior and interior styling upgrades and tautened steering and suspension as baby steps that made the Civic “28 percent closer to the car Honda should have built in the first place.
by Car and Driver (Apr, 2014)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Prius c vs Civic

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

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

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Toyota Prius c

Reasons to consider the
Toyota Prius c Two

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Higher EPA city mileage 53 MPG vs 44 MPG More than 20% better fuel economy in stop-and-go traffic
Front view of Honda Civic

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Disables engine cylinders under low loads Yes vs No Cylinder deactivation can improve fuel economy
Significantly better highway driving range 620 miles vs 437 miles More than 40% further range on the interstate
Better city driving range 580 miles vs 503 miles More than 15% further in the city

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$20,030 7.5¢/mile Toyota Prius c
Honda Civic $24,635 8.2¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Toyota Prius c is cheaper (per year) in all scenarios, because of its lower price and cheaper fuel costs per mile.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Toyota Prius c Honda Civic
Price $4,006 ($20,030) $4,927 ($24,635)
Fuel $1,119 (1,512 gallons) $1,225 (1,656 gallons)
City 53 MPG 44 MPG
Highway 46 MPG 47 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

Prius c  vs Civic 

The Prius v, Prius c, and Prius Plug-In are covered in separate reports in the Research section.
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Specifications Full list of technical specs


Prius c  vs
Brand Toyota Honda
Model year 2014 2014
City range 503 miles 580 miles
Highway range 437 miles 620 miles
MSRP $20k $25k
Annual cost $5,103 $6,128

power & handling

Max HP 99 HP 110 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 25.25 lb/hp 26.12 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 31.4 feet 35.4 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Drum Drum
Front wheel width 175 195
Front wheel diameter 15 inch 15 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 65 65

safety features

Active head restraints No No
Antilock brakes N/A N/A
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control N/A N/A
Traction control N/A N/A
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Front track width 58.3 in 59.1 in
Height 56.9 in 56.3 in
Length 157.3 in 179.4 in
Wheelbase 100.4 in 105.1 in
Curb weight 2,500 lb 2,873 lb
Has a rear spoiler No No
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 49 ft³ 54 ft³
Rear seat room 39 ft³ 41 ft³


Prius c  vs
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No Yes

engine & drivetrain

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

stereo & entertainment

AM/FM radio N/A N/A
CD player N/A N/A
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio N/A N/A
Entertainment system N/A N/A


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