Compare Toyota Prius c vs. Honda Civic vs. Volkswagen Golf

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2012 Toyota Prius c 2011 Honda Civic 2011 Volkswagen Golf
2012 Toyota Prius c 2011 Honda Civic 2011 Volkswagen Golf
5dr HB One (Natl)
  • 5dr HB One (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Two (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Three (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Four (Natl)
DX Manual Sedan
  • DX Manual Coupe
  • DX Manual Sedan
  • DX Automatic Coupe
  • DX-VP Manual Sedan
  • DX Automatic Sedan
  • DX-VP Automatic Sedan
  • LX Manual Coupe
  • LX Manual Sedan
  • LX Automatic Coupe
  • LX-S Manual Sedan
  • LX Automatic Sedan
  • LX-S Automatic Sedan
  • EX Manual Coupe
  • EX Manual Sedan
  • EX Automatic Coupe
  • EX Automatic Sedan
  • EX-L Automatic Coupe
  • EX-L Automatic Sedan
  • Si Manual Coupe
  • EX Automatic Coupe with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Summer Tires
  • EX Automatic Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Sedan
  • Si Manual Sedan with Summer Tires
  • EX-L Automatic Coupe with Navigation
  • EX-L Automatic Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Navigation
  • Si Manual Sedan with Navigation
  • GX Natural Gas Vehicle Automatic Sedan
2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Auto
  • 4dr HB Auto
  • 2dr HB Man TDI
  • 4dr HB Man TDI
  • 2dr HB DSG TDI
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI


MSRP $18,950 $15,805 $17,995
Invoice $18,003 $14,571 $17,275
Avg. Paid $15,381 $10,912 $10,997

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.7 8.4 8.3
Critics' Rating 8.7 9.6 9.0
Performance 6.5 8.5 8.4
Interior 7.0 8.2 8.7
Cost to Own 9.4 9.4 9.3
Safety 10.0 8.5 9.7
Reliability 4.5 3.0 2.5

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding fuel economy
  • Good reliability score
  • Good gas mileage
  • Good reliability score
  • Quality interior with comfortable seats
  • Outstanding safety scores
  • Refined performance
  • Good cargo space
  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Lower safety scores than top competitors
  • Small trunk
  • Few standard interior features
  • Below-average reliability

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas/Electric I4 1.5L/- TBD - Gas I4 1.8L/110 Gas I5 2.5L/151
MPG 53 City / 46 Hwy 26 City / 34 Hwy 23 City / 33 Hwy



Body Style Hatchback 4 Door Sedan 2 Door HB


Wheelbase(in) 100.4 106.3 101.5
Length, Overall (in) 157.3 177.3 165.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 66.7 69.0 70.3
Height, Overall (in) 56.9 56.5 58.3

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2500 2630 2968

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Optional
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Optional
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional Optional
Wheel Locks Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard Standard


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Optional
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 87.4 90.9 93.0
Front Head Room (in) 38.6 39.4 39.3
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7 42.2 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 52.3 53.7 54.7
Front Hip Room (in) 51.0 51.9 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 37.0 37.4 38.5
Second Leg Room (in) 50.8 34.6 35.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 51.7 52.4 52.8
Second Hip Room (in) 50.8 51.0 - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) - TBD - 46.0
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 12.0


AM/FM Stereo Standard Optional Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard Optional Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional


Cloth Seats Optional Standard Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Gas/Electric I4 Gas I4 Gas I5
Displacement 1.5L/- TBD - 1.8L/110 2.5L/151
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 73 @ 4800 140 @ 6300 170 @ 5700
Torque (Net @ RPM) 82 @ 4000 128 @ 4300 177 @ 4250
Transmission Continuously Variable Ratio Manual Manual
Turning diameter 31.4 34.8 35.8 ft


Hybrid Fuel Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 53 26 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 46 34 33
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 9.5 13.2 14.5


Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Multi-link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs


Automatic Standard
Continuously Variable Trans Standard
Manual Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.