The 2014 Toyota Prius C's most direct competitor would seem to be the Honda Insight, but its mild-hybrid system falls short on gas mileage (42 mpg combined against the Prius C's 50 mpg) and its lack of all-electric running, not to mention its shallow load bay.
In the Toyota showroom, both the larger Prius liftback and the non-hybrid subcompact Yaris offer hatchback alternatives.
The Yaris tops out at 33 mpg, while the bigger Prius adds $5,000 to the bottom line.
Then there's the VW Golf TDI, whose diesel engine is rated at 34 mpg combined--and may comfortably exceed that on the highway, although hybrids will do better in the city.
Finally, one of the higher-efficiency gasoline hatchbacks is the new-for-2014 Nissan Versa Note, with a combined rating of 35 mpg.
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