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MSRP: $19,080 - $23,360
Invoice: $18,127 - $21,746
MPG: 53 City / 46 Hwy
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Toyota Prius c Interior

Like most subcompact cars, the base 2014 Toyota Prius c has a plain-looking cabin made with budget materials, but some reviewers say the plastic seems especially cheap. However, they add that upper trims have nicer seat fabric and trim. The front seats are supportive and there’s plenty of head- and legroom in the back seat, they write. Test drivers find the audio and optional navigation controls simple to use. Total cargo space is competitive with rival small hatchbacks.

  • “Sadly, the cabin's plastics are several steps below what you'll find in other subcompacts like the Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent." -- Edmunds
  • "Hard plastic dominates, but kudos to Toyota for adding a few more soft-touch panels to the interior. The upholstery on the seats gets progressively nicer looking as you ascend through the model range." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The interior design is modern and well done, although the number of materials and textures might be overwhelming to some." -- Car and Driver (2012)
  • "The range-topping c features a few soft touch materials, but other Prius cs make due with hard trim that is about par for the class." -- Left Lane News (2012)

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Seating

The 2014 Prius c seats five and comes with cloth seats and a tilt and telescopic steering wheel. Heated front seats are available, as are faux-leather seats. Reviewers say the front seats are supportive, but they note that the dashboard is set high, which may reduce visibility for shorter drivers. The rear seats have ample head- and legroom, they add, which is high praise for a subcompact car.

  • "The driving position is slightly compromised by the lack of enough extension for the steering wheel's telescoping function, and the tall, upright dash can be hard for shorter folks to peer over. The front passenger may also take issue with the glovebox that intrudes into the footwell. Backseat occupants will likely fare better, as there's ample head- and legroom for adults, and the completely flat floor allows for even more flexibility." -- Edmunds
  • "Up front, the Prius C has comfortable and supportive bucket seats. In back is a rear bench that can accommodate a pair of average-size adults or three kids." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Headroom is more than adequate for adults up to 6 feet. Legroom is surprisingly good, only really cramped if the front seats are set far back. Entry and exit are quite easy." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "While a 6-foot-7 passenger looked comical crammed into the backseat, I fit just fine behind the driver's seat positioned where I'd put it to drive. I had inches of knee room and more than enough headroom." -- Cars.com (2012)

Interior Features

The base Prius c comes with a four-speaker CD audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, an auxiliary jack, automatic climate control and remote keyless entry. Available features include cruise control, a power moonroof, a six-speaker audio system with a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation and mobile apps like Pandora Internet radio, accessed through a cellular data connection with Toyota's Entune App Suite.

Reviewers like the layout of the Prius c’s gauges and say that the audio controls are intuitive. The touch-screen controls on the optional navigation system are easy to use, they add.

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  • “Gauges are mounted up high and in the center of the dash, which can be a bit odd at first, but actually makes for easier reading." -- Edmunds
  • "The audio system in the One and Two is a fairly standard layout that's easy to use. A navigation system with Toyota's Entune infotainment is standard on the Three and Four. This setup absorbs most audio functions, but its virtual on-screen buttons are large and clearly marked." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "It's a good system overall, but with a relatively small 6.1-inch touch-screen. The stereo interface in other trim levels is a pretty straightforward one, with knobs and buttons and a small text display for song and artist information." -- Cars.com (2012) 

Cargo

The Prius c has 17.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use, which is more than what most rival subcompact hatchbacks have. Test drivers say there’s about twice as much space with the rear seats folded. They also say the optional 60/40 split seats are useful for hauling various combinations of passengers and cargo.

  • "The base Prius C One's rear seat folds down as one piece, but Two and above trims feature a 60/40 split seat for greater passenger/cargo versatility. With all the seats in use, cargo capacity stands at 17.1 cubic feet, which is about what you'd expect from a hatchback in this class." -- Edmunds
  • "The rear seat folds to nearly double the capacity of the hatchback's already generous 17.1-cubic-foot cargo bay." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Prius c offers hatchback versatility, but there's not much space behind the raised rear seat backs." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/12/14

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