2016 Toyota Prius V vs. Its Competition

2016 Toyota Prius V

The 2016 Toyota Prius V hybrid wagon faces its most direct competitor in the Ford C-Max Hybrid, each vehicle offering a more efficient alternative to larger minivans.

The C-Max doesn't have as much interior space, and its fuel-economy ratings have been lowered twice to below those of the Prius V, but it's nicer inside, more powerful, and quieter on the road.

But the all-new Prius liftback coming in February may offer a compelling proposition too: It has more space inside and will likely offer an EPA rating around 55 mpg combined.

If you want all-wheel drive, your nearest choice is the Toyota RAV4, which offers a new hybrid model as of this year.

The Ford Escape, with a choice of EcoBoost engines, is a more traditional compact crossover, but its fuel economy is likely only about half that of the Prius V.

Finally, the VW Golf SportWagen is a traditional compact wagon with startling interior volume for people and cargo--but its TDI diesel versions aren't presently sold, so you'll be stuck with a turbocharged gasoline engine, and only average fuel-economy ratings.

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Quick Specs
7.4
The 2016 Toyota Prius V is the largest, most practical, and most family-friendly vehicle in the Prius lineup.
7.8
The 2016 Ford Escape gives up a little comfort and utility in its quest to be the most exciting crossover SUV to drive.
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The 2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi offer a sportier alternative to the Toyota Prius range that feels premium inside and more capable on the road.
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The 2016 Toyota Prius has moved much closer to driving like a regular car, while maintaining the highest fuel economy of any car without a plug; that should attract new buyers—if they can overlook the styling.
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The 2016 Toyota RAV4 is a competent crossover utility with a new Hybrid model this year, updated safety systems, and lots of interior space.
MSRP From    
$26,675$23,590$24,170$24,200$24,350
Gas Mileage    
44 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy40 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy54 MPG City / 53 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 (SE)
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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