The 2015 Toyota Prius C's most direct competitor is no longer available, as Honda has cancelled its Insight hybrid for 2015.
The next-closest option would probably be Toyota's own Yaris hatchback, which is very similar to the Prius C but uses a gas-only powertrain that tops out at 33 mpg.
Then there's the Prius liftback, which gets similar fuel economy but offers more interior space and nicer appointments for about $5,000 more than the C.
Volkswagen's Golf lineup offers plenty of frugal and miserly options, the best among them being the turbodiesel TDI model, which is rated at 36 mpg combined but does much better in real-world driving.
As for high-efficiency hatchbacks, Nissan's Versa Note is one of the top earners, with a 35-mpg rating; it's cheaper than the Prius C and definitely feels it.
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