Toyota Prius vs the Competition

Toyota Prius

The Longtime Favorite Toyota Prius Goes Head-to-Head with Other Hybrid Electric Vehicles for the San Diego Area

Things could get pretty charged during this comparison between the Toyota Prius and some of its competitors from other brands. The Toyota is world renowned for efficiency and hybrid driving. It's come a long way since the Prius first hit the market, gaining new body styles, more range and efficiency, and plenty of new tech. During that time, other hybrid-electric vehicles have come onto the market, but there's no beating the original. Not that they won't try. Check out our quick comparison to see why drivers from Carlsbad, San Diego, Oceanside, Escondido, and San Marcos, CA still prefer the Toyota Prius over the competition from Ford, Hyundai, and Chevrolet.

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Toyota Prius vs. Ford C-MAX Hybrid

  • Power: The Ford C-MAX Hybrid has a slightly more powerful powertrain than the Toyota Prius, with the former offering 188 combined hybrid-electric horsepower. The Toyota Prius sees 121 combined horsepower.
  • Efficiency: Some folks might look at that difference in horsepower and think the C-MAX  is far and away the better choice, but consider their respective efficiency ratings: the Ford C-MAX gets 42 city/38 highway mpg, while the Toyota Prius gets 54 city/50 highway mpg.
  • Price: The Ford C-MAX Hybrid starts at $24,120, while the Toyota Prius starts at $23,475. Already, the Toyota Prius offers the better value. Let's see how good it can get.
  • Passenger/Cargo Space: Both of these hybrids seat five comfortably. When it comes to cargo space, the Ford C-MAX and Toyota Prius are rather evenly matched, with the Prius giving you 24.6 cubic-feet while the Ford C-MAX gives you 24.5 cubic-feet.
  • Technology: The Ford C-MAX offers some smart tech like SmartGauge® with EcoGuide, letting you customize your display screen. Additionally, you can find helpful features like rain sensing windshield wipers, a power liftgate, or Ford SYNC® 3, but those are all available or optional, and will run your cost up a bit. The Toyota Prius features a similar eco-gauge, called
  • Safety: The Toyota Prius is the clear leader here, giving drivers standard Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) which gives you standard Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).

Toyota Prius vs. Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

  • Power: The Toyota Prius sees 121 combined horsepower, while the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid sees 138 max horsepower.
  • Efficiency: The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid receives favorable efficiency ratings, with up to 57 city/ 59 mpg highway, whereas the Toyota Prius is just under, at 54 city/50 highway mpg.
  • Price: The Toyota Prius starts at $23,475, while the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid starts at $22,220.
  • Passenger/Cargo Space: Both offer comfortable seating for five, and in terms of cargo space, the Hyundai Ioniq has just a touch more than the Prius, with the former giving drivers 26.5 cubic-feet, while the Prius offers 24.6 cubic-feet.
  • Safety: Standard Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) gives the Toyota Prius an edge here, offering features like Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) as standard equipment.

Toyota Prius vs. Chevrolet Volt

  • Power: The Toyota Prius sees 121 combined horsepower, while the Chevrolet Volt sees up to 149 combined horsepower.
  • Efficiency: While the Volt may be a touch more powerful, it's not as efficient as our Toyota Prius, with the Chevy Volt seeing 42 mpg city/highway combined and the Toyota Prius giving you 52 mpg city/highway combined.
  • Price: The price tag on the Chevy Volt has quite a higher starting price than the Prius, ringing in at $33,220, while the Toyota Prius starts at $23,475.
  • Passenger/Cargo Space: Again, both of these seat five comfortably-no huge changes there. Cargo space is a different story-the Chevy Volt only offers 10.6 cubic-feet of dedicated cargo room, while the Prius more than doubles that at 24.6 cubic-feet.
  • Safety: While the Ioniq offers some great active safety features, most of then are available or optional, while the Toyota Prius gives you standard Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P), which brings the following four features, standard across every trim level: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).








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