Red toyota prius c compared to blue toyota prius v

What’s the difference between the Prius c and Prius v?

The Toyota Prius is renowned for its fantastic fuel economy and eco-friendly design. What about the Prius variants? Lots of people have seen the Prius c and Prius v out on the roads, but they might not know what the differences are. How are they different from the traditional Prius? Keep reading to learn more. 

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Prius c vs. Prius v 

Let’s keep it simple to start. The most noticeable difference is the body. The standard hatchback is still present on all models, but the Prius c (smallest in the lineup) shows off a “boxier” shape with less passenger volume. The Prius v, meanwhile more resembles the shape of a station wagon with its extended body length. The Prius v is basically the same as the standard Prius but with more cargo space. Now, other than the bodies, how else to these cars compare and contrast? See our table for more details.

2017 Prius c Vs. 2017 Prius v
$20,630 Starting MSRP $26,675
73-hp, 1.5-liter I4 Engine specs 98-hp, 1.8-liter I4
48 EPA-estimated city MPG 43
17.1 cubic feet Maximum interior cargo volume 67.3 cubic feet

Basically, the Prius c was designed for life in the city, hence the “c.” Its smaller body and engine make it ideal for those living in a downtown area or within major city limits. The Prius v, on the other hand, is probably better suited for drivers with kids or larger family. Its huge cargo area makes it ideal for road trips and traveling. 

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Of course, both cars showcase outstanding fuel economies. The major differences are the respective sizes and driver preferences. If you prefer to stay closer to home and a cozier car, the Prius c might be better for you. If you’re looking for more adventure and space, the Prius v can give you both. Neither car features a huge engine, but that is to be expected. The Prius c includes the smallest engine in the Prius lineup. 

light blue toyota prius c driving on road near water
Blue toyota prius v parked in lot facing water

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