The Prius C, the smallest of three sizes of the hybrid Prius, came back for a second try at the small overlap test and scored well enough to get a Top Safety Pick. Toyota made structural improvements to the C for better occupant protection. The Good rating applies only to cars manufactured after May 2015.
Even with the improvements, the small overlap performance was not ideal. The safety belt allowed the dummy’s head and torso to move too far forward, and the head hit the instrument panel. However, an improved side air bag did deploy, helping the Prius C get an Acceptable rating, the minimum required for Top Safety Pick.
The Prius C is all about gas mileage, with its 53 MPG city, 46 highway one of the highest ratings available. But test drivers say that thrifty gas-electric hybrid power plant provides only sluggish acceleration, especially on the highway.