2013 Prius C Gets 53-MPG, Priced Under $19,000: 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

Toyota is updating its Prius family once again with the production version Prius C. The C stands for city, because this version of the Prius is smaller, lighter and more fuel efficient than its classic predecessor.

The 2013 Prius C will be powered by a 1.5L four cylinder engine which produces 73 hp as well as an all electric engine which puts out 66-hp and both will be mated to a continuously variable transmission with 99 hp as a combined output. The hybrid setup on the Prius C will give it impressive fuel economy, a combined city/highway rating of 53 mpg. Drivers will also be given the choice to run the car on all electric mode which is capable of a range of 10-15 miles on electricity alone.

The new Prius C is being constructed with light weight materials which Toyota claims will reduce weight but will not compromise tensile strength and will help drop 542 pounds off of the Prius C as compared to the regular Prius. The C will also be 19-inches shorter than its big brother and about 2 inches skinnier which will help to reduce weight and increase ease of driving in tight city street scenarios.

The Prius C will be offered with a base MSRP of below $19,000 according to Toyota, and will hit showrooms in March.


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  • Watercrestcondos Watercrestcondos on Sep 26, 2012

    I own a Prius C, I am getting average MPG 63.5 in the city. It drive like a sports car, plenty of room, road trips, excellent and I wished I would have bought one sooner. I have Bluetooth and my stero rocks which I use a flash drive for music storage. They DO make one with leather, research Prius C-4, it is loaded. Consumer Reports/is wrong!!! Go test drive one and you will see for yourself..what I am saving in gas, makes the payment..HA!

  • Cpl938 Cpl938 on Nov 07, 2012

    Will the Prius C have the back up camera?