The most direct competition for the 2015 Toyota Prius V wagon comes from the the Ford C-Max hybrid.
The Ford is slightly less spacious inside but more powerful, and it also has a nicer interior.
Both vehicles return 40 mpg or better in real-world use--never mind their EPA ratings--and will suit families with a desire for a smaller, more-efficient alternative to a minivan.
Other rivals come from within the Prius V's own showroom, either the less expensive and even more fuel-efficient Prius liftback, or for families who want all-wheel drive, the Toyota RAV4 that was redesigned last year.
The RAV4 is roomy inside but doesn't come close to thehybrids' fuel economy .
Another traditional small crossover is the Ford Escape, which no longer offers a hybrid model but is still relatively efficient and nicer inside than the RAV4 with better handling.
The upcoming Volkswagen Golf TDI SportWagen is the only mass-market wagon offered with a diesel option.
Its fuel economy is only slightly better than average around town, but on the highway it consistently outperforms its EPA ratings--and some drivers may prefer its freight-train torque to the hybrid howl under acceleration.
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|44 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||40 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||51 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Gas/Electric I-4||Gas/Electric I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Midsize Station Wagons||Small SUV 2WD||Large Cars||Midsize Cars||Small SUV 2WD|
|5-Door Wagon Two (Natl)||FWD 4-Door S||5-Door HB SE||5-Door HB Two (SE)||FWD 4-Door LE (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Wagon||Sport Utility||Hatchback||Hatchback||Sport Utility|
|CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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