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2013 Toyota Prius V vs. Its Competition

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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 three best-selling compact crossovers include two that have been redesigned since 2012--the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape--and one that's aging and soon to be replaced, the Toyota RAV4.

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.

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The 2013 Toyota Prius V is by far the roomiest Prius in the lineup, and its 42-mpg combined mileage is hard to beat. It's far from the fastest or most powerful family wagon, and it faces a new competitor, the Ford C-Max Hybrid--but it's still a capacious, comfortable, and highly fuel-efficient family wagon.
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After eleven years, a change-up: the 2013 Ford Escape drops the faux-SUV pitch and reels off authentically athletic looks and performance.
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Gas Mileage   
44 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy42 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric I4Gas I4Gas/Electric I4Gas I5
EPA Class   
Midsize Station WagonSport Utility Vehicle - 2WDLarge CarSmall Station Wagons
Style Name   
5-Door Wagon Two (GS)FWD 4-Door SHybrid 5-Door HB SE4-Door Manual S
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront-wheel driveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
WagonSport Utility VehicleHatchback4 Door
Continuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/Manual ShiftContinuously Variable RatioManual
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