2018 Toyota Prius C New Design Path

It looks like Toyota still hasn’t figured out, what kind of path Prius C will take. For 2017 model year Toyotas smallest hybrid got a lower body kit. But for 2018 Prius C takes a different approach. Its design is more SUV like. One of the reasons is that Prius C isn’t getting much praise. In other words, it looks like Toyota tries to get a winning combination with 2018 Toyota Prius C. But the truth is, it’s not all about the looks.

2018 Toyota Prius C-front view

2018 Toyota Prius C – Design

As for design, on front Prius C got redesigned headlights and a new hood. With the silver accents on front and rear that mimic the skid plates and black wheel arches, Prius C wants to make us believe that it has a more off-road attitude. All around lighting comes with LED technology. On the inside, there is slightly revised interior. There’s refreshed center stack with multi-information display stretching above and new steering wheel. For this model year, the Prius C comes with the standard rearview camera for parking in tight spaces. There’s also Toyotas Entune premium audio with navigation and app suite. Bluetooth comes standard.

2018 Toyota Prius C-interior

2018 Toyota Prius C – Powertrain

No news in the engine compartment. The powertrain is the same. The core of propulsion makes the 1.5-liter engine which produces 78 horsepower and two electric motors. Combined power output is 99 horsepower. Although this is enough to take it to its destination, it really lacks power. The acceleration from 0-60 mph takes almost eleven seconds, 10.9. But this car really isn’t about being sporty. Fuel consumption is its main advantage making it a good commute car. The EPA estimates are the same as last model year, 48 mpg in the city, and 43 on the highway. The Prius C also comes standard with an array of active safety features. Those are forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams.

2018 Toyota Prius C-rear view

2018 Toyota Prius C – Price

The department that gave trim its names probably didn’t feel good that day. Trim names One, Two, Three, and Four are here, and only the top level trim Four holds the same sticker price as the last year, $25.850. One now starts at $21.515, Two starts at $22.315, while trim Three goes for $23.740. Prius once was the king of hybrid vehicles, but as more and more are coming, its glory fades away. Just some of the other are Chevrolet Volt and Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid.

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