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Toyota Prius c Interior

Several critics complain that the 2015 Toyota Prius c has cheap plastic cabin materials, especially in the lower trims, and a few write that the Prius c’s interior design is too busy for their taste. Some auto writers also say they have a hard time finding a comfortable driving position. However, others write that the Prius c has comfortable front seats, and reviewers agree that the back seat is spacious enough for two adults. Many are also pleased with the Prius c’s user-friendly touch-screen infotainment system.

  • "Sadly, the cabin's plastics are several steps below what you'll find in other subcompacts like the Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "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)


The 2015 Toyota Prius c seats five and comes with cloth upholstery and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Leatherette upholstery and heated front seats are available. Some reviewers think the front seats are comfortable, but others say the telescoping steering wheel doesn’t extend far enough and the glove box cuts into passenger leg space. Auto journalists note that the back seat is spacious enough for two adults or three children.

  • "The Prius C offers comfortable and supportive seats up front, and a back seat that's good for two adults or three kids." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "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 rear seat)
  • "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

Standard features in the 2015 Toyota Prius c include automatic climate control, a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, an auxiliary audio jack and Toyota’s Entune infotainment system, which includes a 6.1-inch touch screen. Available features include a sunroof, cruise control, push-button start, a rearview camera, navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, a higher-resolution 6.1-inch touch screen and smartphone app integration with support for Pandora Internet radio.

Test drivers write that the Prius c’s center-mounted gauges take some getting used to, but some add that they are easier to read than conventional gauges. They report that the touch-screen infotainment system is user-friendly and has large on-screen icons, though some note that the screen is small.

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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 (2014)
  • "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." -- Cars.com (2012 Entune) 


The 2015 Toyota Prius c has 17.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use, which is a bit above average for a subcompact hatchback. The Prius c comes standard with a one-piece folding rear seat, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat is optional. Test drivers say the optional split-folding rear seat is 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 (2014)
  • "Prius c offers hatchback versatility, but there's not much space behind the raised rear seat backs." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
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