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2019 Toyota Prius c: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Senior Pricing Analyst - July 24, 2018

Model Overview

The Toyota Prius c will be a carryover for the 2019 model year. Despite our initial belief that the car could be redesigned (or possibly discontinued completely), the model will in fact live on. Initial order guides indicate the most significant change will be a slimmed-down choice of trims.

No major changes are coming in terms of styling or features. However, we've learned that Toyota will cut the number of variations in half from 4 trims to just 2. This will likely help maintain the car's relatively low price while reducing complexity given that sales of the Prius c (and hybrids in general) have suffered.

Instead of the trim names of One, Two, Three and Four, the Prius c will only be offered in L and LE forms. Full specs haven't been announced, but we anticipate no updates to the current 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor that produce a combined 99 hp with up to 50 mpg in overall driving.

Exterior paint choices will see a few tweaks for 2019 worth knowing about. Moonglow, Sandstorm and Tangerine Splash Pearl have all been discontinued. For 2019, a new color called Blizzard Pearl will be available for an additional charge.

In terms of safety, the Prius c will continue to come equipped with TSS-C, a simplified version of Toyota Safety Sense that consists of a pre-collision system, lane departure alert and auto high beams.

For comparison, the regular Prius comes with TSS-P, which adds pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control. There are no signs that either model will gain TSS 2.0, an updated system in the new Corolla Hatchback that gets you cyclist and traffic sign detection plus a lane-tracing feature.

Stay tuned for updates as they become available.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2019 Toyota Prius c does not yet have an official release date. However, based on its typical schedule, we currently anticipate an on-sale date sometime in the fall of 2018.

Official pricing is expected to be unveiled very soon. For reference, the 2018 Prius c ranges from $21,550 to $25,885 when including a mandatory destination & handling charge.

In terms of competition, the Prius c has no direct rivals. However, somewhat pricier alternatives include the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and redesigned Honda Insight.

Learn about the current Prius c on sale now »

Pictured: 2016 Prius c

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