2014 Toyota Prius vs. Its Competition

2012, 2013, and 2014 Toyota Prius
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

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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The 2014 Toyota Prius remains the iconic, highest-mileage gasoline car on the market; it's a practical and spacious hatchback that can seat five while returning jaw-dropping fuel economy
Compared to the Toyota Prius, the 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi provide more driving enjoyment as well as a more comfortable, stylish interior -- even if they don't quite measure up in real-world fuel efficiency.
The 2014 Honda Insight is one of the better-handling small hybrids, but it faces tough competitors who beat it on gas mileage, interior space, and features.
The 2014 Lexus CT 200h is still the only compact luxury hybrid hatchback--and it's a lot more fun to drive than you might imagine.
The 2014 Toyota Prius V combines a spacious interior with excellent real-world gas mileage but it can feel underpowered when heavily loaded.
The 2014 VW Jetta stands out in TDI and GLI trim, and its new four-cylinder erases our bad memories of the old five-cylinder.
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51 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy41 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy43 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy44 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
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5-Door HB Two (GS)N/A5-Door CVT PZEV5-Door Sedan Hybrid5-Door Wagon Two (GS)N/A
Front Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/A
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