The 2013 Toyota Prius C, the smallest and least expensive hybrid offered by Toyota, continues essentially unchanged from the car that debuted last year. Like the rest of the Prius family of four vehicles, it's a "dedicated hybrid," meaning it comes only with a hybrid powertrain--there's no gasoline version offered.
The five-door hatchback is classified as a subcompact by Toyota, and costs about $5,000 less than the Prius liftback that defines the Prius image. The smaller Prius C is simpler in its styling, looking more like a conventional hatchback that happens to have a very smooth and rounded nose and swept-back headlamps. The rear window in its upright tailgate is a single piece of glass, rather than the two-pane design of the liftback, and especially from the rear, it doesn't necessarily read "Prius" or "hybrid" visually.
Inside, the interior blends some of the Prius traits--the high-level Multi-Information Display at the top of the dash--with a large dose of economy-car upholstery...
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