Two leading contestants in the high-mileage sweepstakes are the 2017 Toyota Prius v and the 2016 Ford C-Max hybrid sedans. Both of these vehicles offer outstanding mileage and high-tech design. In fact, many customers end up buying one of these hybrids rather than small crossover SUVs. These two cars share many features and are priced similarly. However, when you dig into the details, you find that the Prius v offers certain advantages that make it better choice. See for yourself – test drive both vehicles and we think you'll agree that your money buys you more when you get a Prius.
Both vehicles incorporate an electric motor with a 4-cylinder gasoline engine. The Prius v is the mileage winner, providing 43 mpg city and 39 highway. The C-Max offers 42 city/37 highway mpg. Other technology features are similar. For example, both cars come with an automatic continuously variable transmission. Both cars provide an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty on hybrid/electric components. Of course, Toyota has been the leader in electric and hybrid cars for a long time, so you rest assured that the Prius v will give you many years of dependable service. The 2017 Prius v is available in the Two, Three, Four and Five trim levels.
Both hatchback vehicles are classified as midsize station wagons by the EPA. Both have four doors and seat five. There are some differences in terms of dimensions, however. For example, the Prius v has a 109.4-inch wheelbase and is 182.8 inches long, whereas the C-Max's wheelbase is 104.3 inches and a length of 173.6 inches. The Toyota's overall height is 62.0 inches while the Ford is 63.9 inches high. The Prius v weighs a trim 3,340 pounds, versus 3,607 pounds for the C-Max. The Toyota has a tighter turning diameter and 14.7 more cargo space with second row seats folded flat. With seats up, the Toyota has 34.3 cubic feet, compared to 24.5 cubic feet in the Ford. Prius v also boasts more rear hip room and a wider rear track.
The 2017 Toyota Prius v Five offers several features that cost extra or are not available in the 2016 Ford C-Max SEL. For example, the Prius v comes with standard with a navigation system, an option on the C-Max. The Toyota also comes with an auxiliary input jack, not available on the C-Max. One important feature that is standard only on the Prius v is the backup camera. If you live in a hilly area, you will prefer the Prius, since only it provides Hill Start Assist. Active Head Restraints are standard on the Prius v Five, but you won't find them on the C-Max SEL. The Prius v Five Advanced Technology Package includes lane-departure warning, dynamic radar cruise control and automatic high beams.
Lone Star Toyota in Lewisville, TX is your headquarters for a hassle-free car buying service. We understand you are busy, so we make shopping fun and convenient. We have our famous 72-hour return policy if you are not satisfied with the vehicle you purchase. Stop in today to test drive the superior hybrid sedan, the 2017 Toyota Prius v.
*Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.