Toyota’s Compact Hybrid Gets Updated Tech, Styling Tweaks

Toyota’s Compact Hybrid Gets Updated Tech, Styling Tweaks

Toyota’s smallest hybrid has been updated for the 2017 model year.

As one of the most affordable hybrid models available in today’s market, the Toyota Prius c now comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS-C) driver-assistance suite on all model grades. The system was an option on two Prius c grades on the 2016 model and includes Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Assist and Automatic High Beams. Accompanying the standard technology is a refreshed exterior, sporting a redesigned front fascia, rear bumper, side rocker panels and blacked-out rear spoiler. All models also now come standard with alloy wheels.

Measuring 158.7-inches long, the Toyota Prius c is ideal for city driving with its compact footprint. But thanks to a clever design, there’s 35 inches of rear legroom and 17.1 cubic feet of cargo volume, making the Prius c one versatile, compact hybrid.

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The compact hybrid is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that utilizes an Atkinson cycle to help increase efficiency. On its own, the engine churns out 73 horsepower and 82 pound-feet of torque, contributing to the hybrid’s total system output of 99 hp. It returns 48 mpg in the city, 43 mpg on the highway for a 46-mpg combined rating.

Pricing for the 2017 Toyota Prius c was not announced.

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