While the 2014 Toyota Prius faces newer competitors, its main rival--the Ford C-Max--took a hit last year when 2013 models had their gas-mileage ratings cut from 47 to 43 mpg.
The Prius consistently returns 45 to 50 mpg in real-world use for most drivers, and the more luxurious, comfortable, and powerful Ford just can't match its fuel efficiency.
The aging Honda Insight subcompact is not only much smaller than the Prius but is only a mild hybrid, which means it doesn't any any all-electric running.
One main competitor for the Prius is probably right next to it on the showroom floor: That's the Prius V wagon, which is rated at 42 mpg and offers more room in all dimensions.
There's also the Lexus CT 200h, another hybrid five-door hatchback, which has less room inside but far more luxury and can be surprisingly fun to drive--which no one has ever said about a Prius.
Drivers who rack up most of their miles at highway speeds may want to consider the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen with the TDI diesel engine, which is also more fun to drive than a Prius and will come close to matching it in fuel economy on the highway.
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