2015 Toyota Prius C vs. Its Competition

2015 Toyota Prius C

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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Quick Specs
6.8
The 2015 Toyota Prius C is the least expensive member of the Prius family, but it still manages mega gas mileage and its small size makes it great for crowded cities.
7.2
The 2015 Toyota Prius is still the most fuel-efficient gasoline car on the market, at 50 mpg; its iconic hatchback shape offers a spacious interior that can seat five, though the handling is nothing to write home about.
6.8
The 2015 Toyota Yaris gets an eye-catching new face, spruced-up interior trims, and a somewhat quieter interior, but it lags behind the current crop of U.S.-market subcompacts in many ways.
7.8
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI trade flashy looks for great interior and cargo space, especially in the SportWagen model—but they don't give up anything for driving fun.
MSRP From   
$19,540$24,200$14,845$17,995
Gas Mileage   
53 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy51 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy30 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas/Electric I-4Gas/Electric I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class   
Compact CarsMid-Size CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name   
5-Door HB One (GS)5-Door HB Two (SE)3-Door Liftback Manual L (GS)2-Door HB Manual Launch Edition *Ltd Avail*
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
HatchbackHatchbackLiftbackHatchback
Transmission   
CVT w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
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