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2017 Toyota Prius vs. Its Competition

2017 Toyota Prius
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The 2017 Toyota Prius is still the most fuel efficient car without a plug on the road, and does significantly better with its fuel than the 42-mpg Ford C-Max Hybrid.

That wagon may be slightly more useful to families looking to haul more cargo, and screaming deals on those can be found on lots in the States these days.

Perhaps the most aggressive competitor will be the Chevrolet Volt, which we like very much, although the Prius has slightly better packaging.

Families looking to stay in the Toyota family who need more space may be swayed by the Prius V, although that's based on older technology and isn't nearly as fuel efficient.

The newly released Prius Prime goes farther on electricity alone, but is also pricier.

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Quick Specs
6.5
The 2017 Toyota Prius closes the gap between "driving a hybrid" and "driving a normal car," even though it still looks like nothing else on the road.
7.0
The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is a solid mid-sizer in the segment, punctuated by good, efficient powertrains, and a quiet ride.
7.7
The 2017 Chevy Volt offers excellent fuel efficiency, and refined driving, improving on its predecessor in every way that counts.
5.8
The 2017 Toyota Prius V is the largest Prius model offered, though it's now also one of the oldest.
MSRP From   
$23,475$21,680$33,220$26,675
Gas Mileage   
54 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy43 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy43 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas/Electric I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas/Electric I4Gas/Electric I-4
EPA Class   
Mid-Size CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsMid-Size Station Wagon
Style Name   
One (SE)4-Door Sedan L w/1VL5-Door HB LTTwo (Natl)
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront wheel driveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/A44N/A
Body Style   
HatchbackSedanHatchbackWagon
Transmission   
CVT w/ODAutomaticAutomaticCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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