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2009 Toyota Prius vs. Its Competition

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The 2009 Toyota Prius dominates the highly fuel-efficient compact car class, but it does have a couple of interesting competitors.

The Volkswagen Jetta TDI is a 50-state-certified clean-diesel vehicle that delivers excellent fuel economy and is more fun to drive than the Prius.

And in the SportWagen body style, the Jetta is even more spacious and versatile than the Prius.

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

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The 2009 Toyota Prius is not a driver’s car, but it delivers excellent fuel economy in a versatile package.
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It's been a long time coming back, but the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen gives crossover buyers something else to consider―and diesel power is on the way.
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The 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid excels in fuel economy and front-seat comfort.
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5-Door HB STD (SE)4-Door Manual S PZEVHybrid 4-Door Sedan
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5 Door Liftback4 Door4 Door Sedan
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