The Toyota Prius c has held its place as “the small one”, just under the mainstream Prius Liftback and its larger brother the Prius v. And to keep it fresh, Toyota updated its style and feature content for 2015.

So what did they do? What more did they give us pleading needy drivers who want something new? We start with the dramatic spectacle of a re-designed face now standard with LED headlights. Not a bad start huh?

For the drum roll moment, here it is… has new tail lights Toyota calls “light pipe”. Some might be asking, light my pipe? And what’s in it? Seriously though, these are futuristic more than the standard red ones we have now so be happy.

And because it’s the small one, we get more bright colors to scream to the world who we are. These include for 2015 Electric Lime Metallic, Tangerine Splash Pearl and Sparkling Sea Metallic.

A welcome addition for 2015 are some upgraded materials inside which is one of the key areas we had complaints with the current car. So we have addressed all the new stuff. But why?

Because it’s the small one with the big numbers. Not only does it remain the least expensive hybrid you can buy today but the most efficient one as Toyota says, “without a plug in”.

Unlike some brands who had to lower their EPA ratings, the Prius c still proudly wears an EPA-estimated 53 mpg city, 46 mpg highway, and 50 mpg combined on its window sticker like a student with an A report card.

Prius c still comes in four trim levels as before with a high level of standards at the outset including those new LED headlamps, automatic climate control, and color multi-information display. Push button start still costs extra though.

The engine and power-train is carried over from before which consists of a 1.5 liter Atkinson Cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine paired with electric motors and a constantly variable transmission, all of which Toyota calls Hybrid Synergy Drive.

Oh and we forgot to tell you that Toyota made some improvements in the area of noise, vibration and harshness for the 2015 Prius c. They didn’t explain what they were, but they can only be good as the small one can be a bit noisy when pushed.

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