Does the term cladding and roof rails mean anything to you? Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Nov. 13, 2017 2018 Toyota Prius c – $21,655 to start including mats and $895 D&H while providing owners with a 48/43 city/highway rating. In our previous drives of the c back in 14 and 15, it proved itself to be the second most efficient vehicle we had driven to that point only being bested by the now defunct Jetta TDI with a stick. Since that time, only the next segment up all-new Hyundai Ioniq and 4th gen Toyota Prius c can unseat it. And they retail for a whole lot more… 2018 Toyota Prius c Toyota’s B-Segment hybrid, the Prius c, provides one of the lowest total cost of ownership vehicles available in the U.S. today. For the 2018 MY, a refresh sees a few off-road “like” touches added to this stalwart of low cost transportation. The 2018 Prius c now includes black roof rails, silver-accented lower body guards, color-keyed rear spoiler and black side rocker and wheel arch moldings with new 15” alloys standard. The body provides a 0.29 coefficient of drag (Cd). All trims now come standard with an integrated backup camera for 2018 plus Toyota Safety Sense C (TSS-C) including Pre-Collision System (PCS) - automatic emergency braking, Lane Departure Alert (LDA), and Automatic High Beams (AHB). The Prius c provides up to 35-inches of rear seat legroom and the 17.1-cu. ft. cargo volume behind the rear seatbacks. The 87.4 cu. ft. of passenger volume however shows this is a B-segment. One of the c’s highlights is its very tight Turning Circle with a 31.4 ft. curb-to-curb spec. Prius c Trims The Prius c One ($21,655 incl. mats and D&H) - Color-keyed power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators; tilt/telescopic steering wheel with steering wheel controls; auto climate control; remote keyless entry system with illuminated entry; PWR windows and locks. In addition, a 3.5” full-color TFT Multi-Information Display provides the driver with an outside temperature display, clock, fuel economy information, cruising range, odometer, trip distance, EV miles driven, Hybrid System Indicator, ECO Savings, ECO Score, and energy monitor. On the infotainment front, standard Entune Audio w/ a 6.1-in. touch-screen display; AM/FM CD player (with MP3/WMA playback capability); four speakers; auxiliary audio jack; USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and control; advanced voice recognition and Bluetooth for hands-free phone capability, phone book access and music streaming. Apple iPhone users can speak requests using Siri Eyes Free. Prius c Two ($22,455incl. mats and D&H) - Two-tone fabric-trimmed seats; six-way adjustable driver’s seat; 60/40 split fold-down rear seats; cruise control, a cargo area cover and engine immobilizer. The cabin includes piano black, chrome and soft-touch upgraded accents, shared with the Three and Four, as well. Prius c Three ($23,880 incl. mats and D&H) - Adds the Smart Key System on the front doors and liftgate; Push Button Start and remote illuminated entry; and Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite. This comprehensive multimedia system includes everything from the standard setup and adds two more speakers (six total), plus the Entune App Suite; HD radio; HD predictive traffic and Doppler weather overlay; AM/FM cache radio; SiriusXM All Access Radio with three-month complimentary trial; and Gracenote album cover art. Prius c Four ($25,990 incl. mats and D&H) - Adds LED fog lights and, on the inside, a power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade; SofTex-trimmed seats, plus heated front seats and outside mirrors. 2016 Toyota Prius c Interior What’s missing? Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The std. NAVI on 3 and 4 are outdated and these additions to all trims would provide a world class system vs. an also ran. Prius c Chassis For 2018, the Prius c rides on a diminutive 100.4" WB. While lively at higher speeds, it handles well at more standard speeds. The hybrid battery and fuel tank are located under the rear seat which helps to improve the handling. For 2018, all-new 15” alloys are standard on all trims. 16” alloys w/ P195/50R16 tires are available for the Prius c Four. Like many recent Toyota’s, the c arrives LED projector low- and Automatic High Beam headlights and LED tail and brake lights standard. No other OEM offers that except on very expensive luxury automobiles with price tags 3 to 4 times the price of the c or as high trims or as extra expense options. Prius c Hybrid Drivetrain Like the rest of the Prius family lineup, the Prius c hybrid system integrates a downsized heavily Atkinsonzed 73 hp and 82 lb.-ft. of torque 1.5L gasoline engine, two electric motors within a continuously variable transaxle, a tried and true nickel-metal hydride battery (4th gen Prius liftback comes equipped with Li-Ion above the 2 trim), a power control unit (inverter), a DC-DC converter, and a step-up converter. A hybrid control computer governs the seamless application of gasoline engine and electric power depending on driving demands and selected drive mode. Total system output of 99 hp provides sub 12 second times to 60 while driving the 2.530 lb B-segment hatch. Prius c Hybrid Safety Passively, the 2018 Prius c is equipped with nine airbags includes front, side, driver knee airbag, driver and front passenger seat cushion, and side curtains. Actively, the c arrives with the Toyota brands Star Safety System which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop Technology (SST), and HillStart Assist Control (HAC). Toyota Safety Sense-C (TSS-C) features Pre-collision System (PCS), which operates at vehicle speeds of 7 to 85 mph. If PCS determines there is a possibility of a collision, audio and visual alerts prompt the driver to take evasive action and brake. If the driver notices the hazard and applies the brakes, PCS may provide additional braking force using Brake Assist. If the driver does not brake in a set time, and PCS determines that the possibility of a frontal collision with another vehicle is extremely high, the system may automatically apply the brakes, helping reduce speed by approximately 19 mph in order to help the driver lessen the impact and, in certain cases, avoid a collision. Lane Departure Alert (LDA) is designed to use a camera to detect visible white and yellow lane markings in front of the vehicle and the vehicle’s position on the road. If LDA determines that the vehicle is starting to unintentionally deviate from its lane, the system alerts the driver with an audio and visual alert. Automatic High Beams (AHB), using an in-vehicle camera to help detect the headlights of oncoming vehicles and taillights of vehicles traveling ahead, automatically switches between high and low beams as appropriate to enhance forward visibility. For 2018, the Prius c can be purchased w/ two new colors, Sandstorm and Tide Pool Pearl. Toyota Warranty Toyota’s 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and against corrosion with no mileage limitation. The hybrid-related components, including the HV battery, battery control module, hybrid control module and inverter with converter, are covered for eight years/100,000 miles. The Prius c also comes standard with ToyotaCare, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. 2018 Toyota Prius c All-in, the 2017 can be found with $3k on the hood and as much as $5k off retail. In other words, if you are looking for a c, forgo the new wheel arches and roof rails and instead find a 2017 Prius c Three with the large discounts for around $18k + TTL.