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2012 Toyota Prius V vs. Its Competition

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Taking another tack toward green, the clean-diesel Volkswagen Jetta TDI SportWagen is as sporty as the Prius V is earnest.

Both good good fuel economy, but they go about it in opposite ways.

More likely competitors are the traditional small crossovers: the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

Neither of them gets remotely near the Prius V's 42 mpg, but they're basic and reliable family vehicles in their four-cylinder variants.

Closer, perhaps, will be the upcoming 2013 Ford Escape fitted with the smallest 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, which should get surprisingly high gas mileage ratings for a crossover.

But really, the closest match to the Prius V won't be out for at least a year: It's the Ford C-Max Hybrid, a five-seat people mover fitted with Ford's well-reviewed and economical hybrid system.

Both the C-Max and the hatchback Prius will also come in plug-in hybrid models, but the C-Max Hybrid lines up best against the Prius V.

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The 2012 Toyota V wagon offers all the classic Prius hybrid virtues--low-speed electric running, top-of-class fuel economy, and interior space--in a super-sized package that still offers remarkable gas mileage ratings. We think it will do very well among Prius owners with families who need the extra space for people and stuff.
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The 2012 Honda CR-V is a great family vehicle, with a thoughtfully designed and comfortable interior, and improved refinement, but it lacks the confident, sprightly feel present in past CR-Vs.
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The 2012 Toyota RAV4 remains a strong, refined choice for families, even though some of its design might be a blast from the past.
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The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen isn't exactly like its sedan counterpart--it's noticeably smaller but nicer inside.
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44 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I5
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Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors   
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Continuously Variable RatioAutomaticAutomatic w/ODManual
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