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Pros: The Prius c offers low running costs, manoeuvrability (with a 4.8-metre turning radius), and a solid reputation as a reliable hybrid.

Cons: There’s no manual transmission available on the Prius c.

2015 Toyota Prius c Price and Fuel Economy: There are two Prius c models available: the base unit ($20,995) and the Prius c Technology ($25,955).

As for fuel efficiency, that’s why you buy a Prius c so the numbers are impressive. In the city, you’ll average just 4.5L/100km, while on the highway that number only changes slightly to 5.1L/100km for a combined rating of 4.8L/100km. Saving money at the pumps is the name of the game here.

Improvements and Changes: The Prius c’s fun-to-drive personality shines through even more with its sharpened front end, including a new bumper and grille design and standard LED headlamps, and distinctly restyled rear end including all-new taillights. This redesign also ensures plenty of room inside. The high roofline translates into ample headroom both front and rear.

2015 Toyota Prius c Powertrain: Toyota engineers revisited the award-winning Hybrid Synergy Drive system for its use in the compact Prius c, redesigning and downscaling key components to be smaller and lighter for improved efficiency.

At the heart of the system is a 1.5L Atkinson Cycle 4-cylinder gasoline engine teamed with a smooth, fuel-saving CVT transmission. Both ECO mode (for dumbed down throttle response) and full EV mode are available via buttons and can be activated at will. The Prius c is also equipped with n Exhaust Heat Recovery System.

Safety: Like all Toyota models, the Prius c includes the STAR safety system as standard equipment, regardless of trim grade. Toyota’s STAR safety system includes six active safety technologies: Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology (SST).

Comparing the 2015 Toyota Prius c: Nissan Versa Note, Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent.