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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.

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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.