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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