2014 Toyota Prius C vs. Its Competition

2014 Toyota Prius C

The 2014 Toyota Prius C's most direct competitor would seem to be the Honda Insight, but its mild-hybrid system falls short on gas mileage (42 mpg combined against the Prius C's 50 mpg) and its lack of all-electric running, not to mention its shallow load bay.

In the Toyota showroom, both the larger Prius liftback and the non-hybrid subcompact Yaris offer hatchback alternatives.

The Yaris tops out at 33 mpg, while the bigger Prius adds $5,000 to the bottom line.

Then there's the VW Golf TDI, whose diesel engine is rated at 34 mpg combined--and may comfortably exceed that on the highway, although hybrids will do better in the city.

Finally, one of the higher-efficiency gasoline hatchbacks is the new-for-2014 Nissan Versa Note, with a combined rating of 35 mpg.

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Quick Specs
The 2014 Toyota Prius C is the cheapest member of the Prius family, by roughly $5,000, but its gas mileage is the same 50 mpg as most other Priuses.
The 2014 Honda Insight is one of the better-handling small hybrids, but it faces tough competitors who beat it on gas mileage, interior space, and features.
The 2014 Toyota Prius remains the iconic, highest-mileage gasoline car on the market; it's a practical and spacious hatchback that can seat five while returning jaw-dropping fuel economy
The 2014 Toyota Yaris is built for city commuting, but on highways it reveals some major weak spots.
The 2014 Volkswagen Golf hatchback offers excellent handling and a good ride, premium interior design and materials, and a range of engines--including the efficient TDI diesel--but at a premium price.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
53 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy41 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy51 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy30 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric I-4Gas/Electric I-4Gas/Electric I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-5
EPA Class    
Compact CarsCompact CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
5-Door HB One (GS)5-Door CVT5-Door HB Two (SE)3-Door Liftback Manual L (TMC/CBU Plant) (GS)4-Door HB Automatic PZEV
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
CVT w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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