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

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.

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.