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How do the Toyota Prius c, Prius, Prius v, and Prius Prime compare?

2017 Toyota Prius vs Prius v vs Prius Prime California
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The Prius is a perennial favorite with Cartelligent clients and we're often asked for help comparing the various members of the Prius family. In this post, we've looked in depth at the compact Prius c, the original Prius hybrid, the larger Prius v hybrid, and the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid.

  

Toyota Prius c vs. Prius vs. Prius v  vs. Prius Prime

We've configured a sample vehicle for each car and then examined some of the key differentiating factors of each. Our sample models are based on popular configurations among Cartelligent clients.

  • 2018 Toyota Prius c Four: We've configured a Prius c Four with a back-up camera, premium audio, navigation, and Toyota Safety Sense. MSRP as configures is $26,524.

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Four: Our example Prius comes with Toyota Safety Sense, blind spot monitoring, back-up camera, and heated front seats. MSRP as configured is $30,462.

  • 2017 Toyota Prius v Four: Our sample Prius v Four is the S with premium audio, navigation, back-up camera, push button start and heated front seats. MSRP as configured is $30,785.

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime PremiumWe've chosen a Prius Prime Premium with Toyota Safety Sense, lane departure alert, back-up camera, and push button start. MSRP as configured of $28,624.

 

Vehicle Comparison

We'll look at the features of each vehicle side-by-side.

  Prius c Prius Prius v Prius Prime
Model Type Prius c Four Prius Four Prius v Four Prius Prime Premium
MSRP $26,524 $30,462 $30,785 $28,624

 

Engine and Fuel Economy

  Prius c Prius Prius v Prius Prime
Horsepower 99 71 134 95
Combined MPG (gasoline) 46 52 41 54
Combined MPG (gasoline + electric) n/a n/a n/a 133

  

Charging and Range

  Prius c Prius Prius v Prius Prime
Range n/a n/a n/a 25 miles (battery only)
Charge time n/a n/a n/a 5.5 hours
California HOV Lane Access No No No Yes (with sticker)

 

The plug-in hybrid Prius Prime offers the best fuel economy (and access to the carpool lane), but requires access to a charging station. 

 

Capacities

  Prius c Prius Prius v Prius Prime
Seating 5 5 5 5
Cargo volume (behind seats) 17.1 ft3 27.4 ft3 34.3 ft3 19.8 ft
Cargo volume (rear seats folded) 60/40 60/40 67.3 ft3 60/40

 

The Prius v is the only model with true folding seats and it offers the most cargo space of the four. The remaining models have 60/40 folding seats that do offer additional storage capacity.

 

Cost to purchase: Toyota Prius c, Prius vs. Prius v  vs. Prius Prime

First, we'll examine the cost of each when purchased. All payments represent pricing based on market conditions at the time of writing.

  Prius c Prius Prius v Prius Prime
MSRP $26,524 $30,462 $30,785 $28,624
Down payment $2,500 $2,500 $2,500 $2,500
Monthly payment (inc. tax) $415 $495 $500 $490
Total of payments over five years $26,985 $31,705 $32,000 $31,410
Federal Rebates (income tax credits)       up to $4,502 
California State Rebates (with qualifying income)       up to $1,500

 

The Prius c has the lowest monthly payment, while the other three vehicles are almost identical in their cost to buy (as configured here). Purchasers of the Prius Prime can also apply for Federal income tax credits of up to $4,502. California residents may also be eligible to apply for State rebates of up to $1,500 on the Prius Prime (depending on their income level). See Understanding the changes to California plug-in and electric vehicle rebates.

 

Cost to lease: Toyota Prius c, Prius vs. Prius v  vs. Prius Prime

Next, we'll compare the four vehicles on a three year, 12,000 mile/year lease.

  Prius c Prius Prius v Prius Prime
MSRP $26,524 $30,462 $30,785 $28,624
Down payment $2,500 $2,500 $2,500 $2,500
Monthly payment (inc. tax) $330 $385 $325 $350
Lease disposition fee $350 $350 $350 $350
Total of payments over three years $14,400 $16,325 $14,225 $15,100
Federal Rebates (income tax credits)       up to $4,502 
California State Rebates (with qualifying income)       up to $1,500

 

Because of the way Toyota has incentivized the lease, the Prius c and the Prius v are the most economical of the four to lease (before rebates). The Prius Prime becomes more attractive once California and Federal rebates are applied.

 

Which to buy: Toyota Prius c, Prius vs. Prius v  vs. Prius Prime

All four vehicles can be fantastic options depending on your personal circumstances. Your Cartelligent agent can talk you through the pros and cons of each vehicle (as well as any other brands) to help you make an educated decision.

 

Whether you want a new Prius or any other new car, Cartelligent can help you get a great deal on exactly what you want. Call our team of car-buying experts at 888-427-4270 or get started today.