Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Prius c LE

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Because the c has a very short wheelbase (79”), the ride is somewhat choppy on bumpy roads.  We found steering to be quick and precise although the c provides little if any feedback from the road.  Cornering is best done at a leisurely pace.

What we did like is the well-modulated brake pedal that seamlessly manages to blend mechanical and regenerative braking. Other hybrids struggle with this concept, leaving the brake pedal feeling soft and unresponsive, but here Toyota has nailed it.

BOTTOM LINE

While the new Toyota Prius and Prius Prime are cars we would highly recommend consideration of, the same cannot be said for the Prius c.  It’s worth looking at if you want a truly tiny city car with four doors but otherwise, buyers would do better with a larger Prius or perhaps a Mazda3.

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THE DETAILS

2019 Prius c LE
Base price/price-as-tested $23,485/$23,485
Drivetrain Front engine, front-wheel drive
Engine 1.5-liter inline 4
Electric Motor 2 permanent magnet AC synchronous motors
Horsepower/Torque 99 / 125
Transmission CVT
Curb weight (lbs) 2,530
Wheelbase (inches) 78.7
Length x width x height (inches) 162.4 x 68.6 x 59.9
0-60 mph (seconds) (est.) 11
Fuel economy(mpg) (city/hwy) 48/43

 

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

 

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