2019 Prius C Comparison Review

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Hybrids are a strange flock. Since the original Toyota Prius opened the door in the late 90s, hybrid vehicles have been popping up all over. Honda, Hyundai, and Chevrolet have all tried their hand at hybrids, and now there are dozens of hybrids on the market. It can be intense trying to figure out where to start. Luckily, Toyota has created an easy entry point for those who have never tried a hybrid before. Enter the 2019 Toyota Prius c.

While the Toyota Prius is more well-known, the Toyota Prius c stands as the lowest priced hybrid vehicle on the market. At a starting price of $21,530, it costs less than a Mazda3, a Nissan Altima, and a Honda Accord. The standard Toyota Prius starts at $23,770. While that is a low price in its own right, an extra two thousand dollars can mean quite a lot of difference when you are just starting to see if you like hybrid vehicles or not.

The 2019 Toyota Prius c is such a bargain that it has received recognition for its low price. IntelliChoice and MotorTrend have recognized the 2019 Prius c with the following awards: 2019 Lowest Maintenance Costs Compact Passenger Car, 2019 SmartChoice Fuel Costs Compact Passenger Car, and 2019 SmartChoice Operating Costs Compact Passenger Car. IntelliChoice isn’t the only one that considers the 2019 Prius c a good value, though.

Kelley Blue Book ranked the 2019 Toyota Prius c as the least expensive hybrid to own over five years. As of January 1st, 2019, they had the five year cost of the 2019 Prius c at $31,932. The second place Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid came in at a five year cost of $32,044, and the third place Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid costs $33,683 after five years. What is so impressive about this is that the Prius c is not a plug-in hybrid. Plug-in hybrids run part of the time on purely electric energy and part of the time on gasoline. This creates even lower gas expenses than traditional hybrids. The Prius c, which simply uses a traditional hybrid drivetrain, still ends up costing less after five years than the plug-ins.

For IntelliChoice’s part, they have also calculated potential five years costs for vehicles. They have the 2019 Toyota Prius c at an even cheaper five year cost of $30,311. While this is cheaper than most any other hybrid, it is also impressive when compared to non-hybrid subcompact cars. The 2019 Ford Fiesta hatchback may start at $14,560, but it has a five year cost of $29,338. If you want an automatic transmission, the cost will go up even higher.

The 2019 Ford Fiesta is actually doing a lot better than the 2019 Nissan Versa Note. The 2019 Nissan Versa Note does start at $15,650, but its projected five year cost is $30,444. That is $133 more than the 2019 Toyota Prius c despite starting $5,880‬ cheaper.

The biggest reason the 2019 Prius c has such a low five year cost is because of fuel expenses. With a fuel economy of 48 miles per gallon in the city and 43 mpg on the highway, the Prius c blows other subcompact cars out of the water. The aforementioned 2019 Nissan Versa Note runs at a 31/39 mpg city/highway split. While that is a solid fuel economy for a normal vehicle, the hybrid power of the 2019 Prius c overwhelms it.

Other subcompact cars do not come out as well with their fuel economy. The 2019 Kia Rio sits at a 28/37 split. The 2019 Ford Fiesta, with an automatic transmission, does slightly worse at a 27/37 split. The 2019 Chevrolet Sonic hatchback does the worst of the bunch at 26/34 with the automatic transmission. Surprisingly, the 2019 Chevy Sonic does slightly better with a manual, but it still only gets a 26/35 split.

Now, the 2019 Toyota Prius c gets great fuel economy and comes at an incredible value. But that’s not all it offers. The 2019 Toyota Prius c comes standard with a pre-collision detection system that will warn you if it senses something in your upcoming path. If you hit the brakes to avoid the collision, the standard brake assist will kick in to help you stop. Pre-collision systems are not offered on the 2019 Nissan Versa Note or the 2019 Ford Fiesta.

The 2019 Prius c also has standard lane departure warning to let you know if you are fading out of your lane. Once again, the 2019 Nissan Versa Note and the 2019 Ford Fiesta don’t have this, but the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio also don’t come with this. For additional safety, the 2019 Prius c comes standard with automatic dimming high beams. If you drive up behind another vehicle with high beams on, the Prius c will dim the lights so that driver in front of you isn’t blinded. While the 2019 Nissan Versa Note, the 2019 Ford Fiesta, and the 2019 Kia Rio all don’t offer this, Hyundai does not offer automatic dimming high beams on its 2019 Ioniq hybrid, much less its 2019 Accent.

If you are interested in the 2019 Toyota Prius c, you may want to jump on it quickly. The 2019 model year will be the last for the hybrid hatchback. Although it is sad to see it go, the 2020 Toyota Corolla comes with a new hybrid option for the first time this year. It starts at only $22,950, only a slight uptick from the 2019 Prius c’s starting price.

Regardless of if you’re interested in the 2019 Toyota Prius c, the 2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid, or any other Toyota vehicle, you can come down and visit us at Evans Toyota. We are located at 515 W Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808. You can also call us at (260) 482-3730. We hope to see you soon.

Websites/Articles Mentioned (in order mentioned):

MotorTrend (IntelliChoice Included) 2019 Toyota Prius c Buyers Guide: https://www.motortrend.com/cars/toyota/prius-c/2019/

Kelley Blue Book 2019 5 Year Cost to Own Awards: https://www.kbb.com/new-cars/5-year-cost-to-own-awards/best-cto-hybrid-car/