2014 Toyota Prius V vs. Its Competition

2014 Toyota Prius V
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

The main competitor for the 2014 Toyota Prius V wagon is the Ford C-Max, which is slightly less spacious inside but more powerful and with a nicer interior.

Both vehicles give 40 mpg or more in real-world use--never mind their EPA ratings--and will suit families with a desire to save on gas costs.

Main competitors may come in the same showroom, either the less expensive and even more fuel-efficient Prius liftback, or for families who want all-wheel drive, the Toyota RAV4 that was redesigned last year.

It's nowhere near the hybrids for gas mileage, though.

Another traditional crossover is the Ford Escape, though it no longer offers a hybrid model, but it's nicer inside than the RAV4 and handles better as well.

Finally, the Volkswagen Jetta TDI SportWagen is the only mass-market wagon offered with a diesel option.

It's only slightly better than average around town, but on the highway, it consistently outperforms on its EPA ratings--and some drivers may prefer its freight-train torque to the hybrid howl under acceleration.

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6.8
The 2014 Toyota Prius V combines a spacious interior with excellent real-world gas mileage but it can feel underpowered when heavily loaded.
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With authentically athletic looks and performance balancing out good passenger space, cargo versatility, and loads of high-tech features, the 2014 Ford Escape is attractive to a wide range of buyers.
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Compared to the Toyota Prius, the 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi provide more driving enjoyment as well as a more comfortable, stylish interior -- even if they don't quite measure up in real-world fuel efficiency.
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The 2013 Toyota RAV4 excels at mass-market talents like gas mileage and interior room--but for turbocharged fun in a crossover, you'll have to look elsewhere.
MSRP From     
$26,750$23,100N/A$15,695$20,995$23,300
Gas Mileage     
44 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Electric I-4Regular Unleaded I-4N/ARegular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-5Gas I4
EPA Class     
Mid-Size Station WagonSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDN/ACompact CarsSmall Station WagonSport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
5-Door Wagon Two (GS)FWD 4-Door SN/A4-Door Manual Base4-Door Manual SFWD 4-Door LE (SE)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
55N/A555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
WagonSport UtilityN/ASedanWagon4 Door
Transmission     
CVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODN/AManual w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic