Compare 2013 Toyota Prius C vs 2013 Volkswagen Golf

2013 Toyota Prius C
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5-Door HB One
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door HB One 53 46 $18,127 $19,080
5-Door HB Two 53 46 $18,829 $20,030
5-Door HB Three 53 46 $20,261 $21,765
5-Door HB Four 53 46 $21,746 $23,360
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2-Door HB Manual PZEV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual PZEV 23 33 $17,371 $18,095
2-Door HB Manual PZEV w/Convertible 23 33 $18,268 $19,030
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $18,427 $19,195
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $19,195 $19,995
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible 24 31 $19,325 $20,130
2-Door HB Manual PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 23 33 $20,069 $20,905
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible 24 31 $20,251 $21,095
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $21,125 $22,005
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $22,075 $22,995
2-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $23,266 $24,235
4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $24,192 $25,200
2-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $24,322 $25,335
2-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $24,917 $25,955
4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $25,248 $26,300
4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,819 $26,895
2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,973 $27,055
2-Door HB Manual w/Tech Pkg TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $26,534 $27,640
4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,875 $27,995
4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,481 $28,625
2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,590 $28,740
4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $28,537 $29,725
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,127
$17,371
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,080
$18,095
Monthly Payment Estimate
$318 / month
$302 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2013 Toyota Prius C has all the gas-mileage virtues of larger Prius models, but it's smaller, more fun to drive, and--crucially--almost $5,000 cheaper. The 2013 Volkswagen Golf masterfully balances frisky performance, fuel-efficiency, and refinement in its GTI and even TDI editions, but as such it's priced as a premium model.
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Fuel Economy
City
53 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
46 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
50.8 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.3 54.700
Passenger Volume (ft³)
87.4 93
Second Head Room (in)
37.0 38.500
Second Shoulder Room (in)
51.7 52.800
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 41.200
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
51.0 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
50.8 35.500
Front Head Room (in)
38.6 39.300
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
58.3 60.700
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.400
Length, Overall (in)
157.3 165.400
Height, Overall (in)
56.9 58.300
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 59.600
Wheelbase (in)
100.4 101.500
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
66.7 70.300
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
17.1 15.000
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.200 x 0.500
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.83 x 0.98 11.300 x 1.000
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
9.5 14.500
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
31.4 35.700
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P175/65R15 195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
T125/70D16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P175/65R15 195/65R15
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2500 2968
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.000
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 140
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
82 @ 4000 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.5L/- TBD - 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
73 @ 4800 170 @ 5700
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Gas I5
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
46 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
53 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
50 26
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 3.780
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.360
Trans Type
1 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.770
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.600
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.120
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.19 3.650
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.030
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Ratio Manual
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Toyota Prius c Volkswagen Golf
Body Style
Hatchback 2 Door HB
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.95 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
10 - TBD -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
3.7 7.0
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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