2009 Toyota Prius vs. Its Competition

2009 Toyota Prius Touring

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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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2009 Toyota Prius is not a driver’s car, but it delivers excellent fuel economy in a versatile package.
8.8
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.
8.6
The 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid excels in fuel economy and front-seat comfort.
MSRP From  
$22,000$19,075$22,600
Gas Mileage  
48 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy40 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas/Electric I4Gas I5Gas/Electric I4
EPA Class  
Mid-sizeWagonCompact
Style Name  
5-Door HB STD (SE)4-Door Manual S PZEVHybrid 4-Door Sedan
Drivetrain  
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
555
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
5 Door Liftback4 Door4 Door Sedan
Transmission  
CVTManualCVT
Detailed Spec Comparison
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