Toyota Prius v vs. Ford C-Max Hybrid vs. Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

Toyota Prius v vs. Ford C-Max Hybrid vs. Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

Ask AutoGuide No. 38

Whether they come in the form of a subcompact hatchback or a full-sized pickup, hybrids are some of the most technically advanced vehicles on the road today. Blending the best of internal combustion and electric propulsion these cars and trucks can save drivers major dollars at the filling station thanks to their Star Wars-grade technology that’s advanced enough to make Han Solo jealous. “Traveling through hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops, boy!”

With cutting-edge battery packs, more integrated circuits than a Foxconn factory and millions of lines of computer code tying everything together, hybrids are capable of delivering massive fuel-economy numbers and respectable performance for hundreds of thousands of miles. But despite these key advantages drivers oftentimes have to pay extra for the luxury of saving petroleum distillates; about the only instance we can think of where an automaker doesn’t charge more for a gasoline-electric model is the Lincoln MKZ sedan – the standard and hybrid variants both start at a little more than $37,000 including destination fees.

Han Solo

But back on track, all of this malarkey about electronics and vacuum tubes, oil refining and Harrison Ford characters is just a bunch of double-speak gobbledygook obfuscating the true nature of Ask AutoGuide. Like a first-rate charity we’re in the business of helping those in need, not yammering for the sake of making noise.

This week Kelli wrote in asking for some car-buying assistance, and we’re more than happy to oblige. She wants a small but spacious vehicle and is in love with the idea of an earth-friendly hybrid. She’s not certain what kind of car she wants but efficiency is a top priority. Power windows and door locks, a backup camera and heated front seats are mandatory; a sunroof and navigation system would be appreciated. What vehicles fit the bill? Hit the next page for all the scrumptious details.

  • MistyGreen

    Sounds to me like she’d rather go for a regular Prius or even prius c, not the v. I’d recommend the Jetta Hybrid before the prius v. I know the Civic Hybrid doesn’t really make a good business case for itself, but it’s a lot cheaper than these and may be all the car she needs.

  • Just wondering

    I have a 2013 C-Max and love it. I continue to be amazed that Ford rarely ever mentions the C-Max in any kind of advertising. Why is Ford not putting the C-Max in front of the public to better sell the car?

  • Shiratori1

    The c-max is a scam. It doesn’t get anywhere near the mpg that is advertised in the real world (which has been proven by multiple magazines on multiple occasions).

  • I went through a similar decision process earlier this year and decided on the Subaru. The seating position is a little higher, without handling like a truck, and the AWD is great to have in the snow. I see the hybrid motor as a bonus bit of power, because with gas at two bucks a gallon, it’s not going to it for itself. The car is nice and torquey on hills and the brakes are the best of any car I’ve ever driven. Highway and city range have been about equal for me, but the stop-start engine saves a bit of fuel and emissions. Despite not being a particularly fuel efficient car, it’s way better in that respect than the 2005 Accord it replaced. Don’t let the numbers alone decide this for you, try the cars yourself.