2012 Toyota Prius V vs. Its Competition

2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon, Half Moon Bay, CA, May 2011

Taking another tack toward green, the clean-diesel Volkswagen Jetta TDI SportWagen is as sporty as the Prius V is earnest.

Both good good fuel economy, but they go about it in opposite ways.

More likely competitors are the traditional small crossovers: the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

Neither of them gets remotely near the Prius V's 42 mpg, but they're basic and reliable family vehicles in their four-cylinder variants.

Closer, perhaps, will be the upcoming 2013 Ford Escape fitted with the smallest 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, which should get surprisingly high gas mileage ratings for a crossover.

But really, the closest match to the Prius V won't be out for at least a year: It's the Ford C-Max Hybrid, a five-seat people mover fitted with Ford's well-reviewed and economical hybrid system.

Both the C-Max and the hatchback Prius will also come in plug-in hybrid models, but the C-Max Hybrid lines up best against the Prius V.

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The 2012 Toyota V wagon offers all the classic Prius hybrid virtues--low-speed electric running, top-of-class fuel economy, and interior space--in a super-sized package that still offers remarkable gas mileage ratings. We think it will do very well among Prius owners with families who need the extra space for people and stuff.
The 2012 Honda CR-V is a great family vehicle, with a thoughtfully designed and comfortable interior, and improved refinement, but it lacks the confident, sprightly feel present in past CR-Vs.
The unlikely Toyota-Tesla partnership has produced what may just be the best battery-electric vehicle below Tesla's own Model S luxury sedan. Its power, 100 miles of real-world range, and interior space add up to a very appealing electric crossover.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
44 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
Midsize Station Wagon2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Style Name  
5-Door Wagon Two (GS)2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door I4 (SE)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
WagonSport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Continuously Variable RatioAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
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