The powertrain for the subcompact hybrid Prius C has remained the same, but the model comes with enhancements that should make drivers feel more secure and prouder of their choice.
The Prius C is the smallest offering in Toyota’s family of hybrids in the United States and it’s finally getting treated to a mild update – it was brought to America since way back in 2012 and only given very subtle upgrades on the way, such as 2016’s Persona series. Now the refreshed Prius C comes with a more dynamic stance due to added black trim in the fascia around the fog lights – but there are also matching side sills and dark elements for the rear spoiler and lower portion of the bumper. All versions also gain standard alloy wheels.
Probably more important is the addition of Toyota’s Safety Sense-C safety suite as standard equipment on all trim levels – the included technologies count the pre-collision braking that works at up to 85 miles per hour (137 kilometers per hour). There’s also a lane departure alert, as well as an automatic high beam assistant. The powertrain soldiers unchanged – a 1.5-liter four-cylinder on the Atkinson cycle capable of 73 horsepower (54 kilowatts) and 82 pound-feet (111 Newton-meters) of torque linked to an electric motor for a total output of 99 hp (74 kW) and 48 miles per gallon city, 43 mpg highway, and 46 mpg combined fuel economy.