The 2013 Toyota Prius V will deliver great gas mileage for familes that do a lot of running around town, where its hybrid system offers the most benefit.
If your family spends a lot of car time at freeway speeds, though, the Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen can be ordered with the TDI diesel engine, which usually delivers higher real-world mileage than its rated TK mpg.
The Prius V is rated at 40 mpg highway.
The Ford Escape no longer offers a hybrid model; that role falls instead to the new Ford C-Max Hybrid.
And at an EPA rating of 47 mpg, the C-Max Hybrid beats the Prius V on mileage and is considerably more rewarding to drive--although slightly smaller inside, where it may count.
|2013 Toyota Prius V||2013 Ford Escape||2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid||2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen|
|$26,650Browse Used Listings||$22,470Browse Used Listings||$25,200Browse Used Listings||$20,595Browse Used Listings|
|44 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||42 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric I4||Gas I4||Gas/Electric I4||Gas I5|
|Midsize Station Wagon||Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD||Large Car||Small Station Wagons|
|5-Door Wagon Two (SE)||FWD 4-Door S||Hybrid 5-Door HB SE||4-Door Manual S|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front-wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Wagon||Sport Utility Vehicle||Hatchback||4 Door|
|Continuously Variable Ratio||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Continuously Variable Ratio||Manual|