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2008 Toyota Prius vs. Its Competition

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The high-mileage fuel economy derby has one big name--the Toyota Prius--and a couple of interesting competitors.

The Honda Civic Hybrid approaches the Prius's fuel economy numbers, but has a little less interior room.

The Volkswagen Jetta gets a new clean-diesel option later this year, and it could have fuel economy of up to 50 mpg or more on the highway--along with a much richer interior and a more conventional sedan shape.

2008 Toyota Prius Touring2008 Toyota Prius2008 Honda Civic Hybrid2008 Honda Civic Hybrid2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLX2001 Volkswagen Jetta
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The 2008 Toyota Prius isn’t that entertaining a car to drive, but it delivers exceptional fuel economy and a roomy interior.
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The 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid excels in fuel economy and front-seat comfort.
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Gas Mileage  
48 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy40 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric I4Gas/Electric I4Gas I4
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Style Name  
5-Door HB Base (SE)Hybrid 4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan GL Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
5 Door Liftback4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan GL
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