The closest comparison to the 2013 Toyota Prius C would seem to be the Honda Insight, but its mild-hybrid system can't propel the car solely on electric power--and its combined EPA rating of 42 mpg is lower than the smallest Prius.
Its rear seat and luggage space are also smaller than the Prius C's.
Shoppers in the Toyota showroom may also consider the Toyota Yaris subcompact hatchback, which tops out at 33 mpg; the larger Prius Liftback, which gets the same 50 mpg as the Prius C but is $5,000 or more pricier; and also the aging and somewhat grim Matrix five-door compact hatchback, with gas mileage below 30 mpg.
One comparison we think more buyers should make is to the Volkswagen Golf hatchback, with its TDI diesel engine, which is rated at 34 mpg but customarily delivers better real-world mileage than that.
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|Hatchback||5 Door Wagon||Hatchback||2 Door HB|
|Continuously Variable Ratio||Manual||Manual||Manual|