2015 Toyota Prius V vs. Its Competition

2015 Toyota Prius V

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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Quick Specs
7.4
The 2015 Toyota Prius V brings a fresh face and the same outstanding fuel economy that the Prius is known for, all in a more family-friendly shape.
8.0
With athletic looks and the performance to match, plus a roomy interior and loads of available cabin tech and convenience features, the 2015 Ford Escape is bolder and more exciting than most rivals, without much compromise.
7.8
With their stylish interiors and perky driving feel, the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi are somewhat sportier alternatives to the Toyota Prius lineup.
7.2
The 2015 Toyota Prius is still the most fuel-efficient gasoline car on the market, at 50 mpg; its iconic hatchback shape offers a spacious interior that can seat five, though the handling is nothing to write home about.
7.4
The 2015 Toyota RAV4 is a practical crossover with confident handling. Just know that driving enjoyment is not its strong point.
MSRP From    
$26,675$23,450$24,170$24,200$23,680
Gas Mileage    
44 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy40 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy51 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas/Electric I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Gas/Electric I-4Gas/Electric I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Mid-Size Station WagonSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDLarge CarsMid-Size CarsSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name    
5-Door Wagon Two (Natl)FWD 4-Door S5-Door HB SE5-Door HB Two (SE)FWD 4-Door LE (GS)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
WagonSport UtilityHatchbackHatchbackSport Utility
Transmission    
CVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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