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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Stephen Elmer
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Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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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?