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Hybrids go head-to-head: 2014 Jetta Hybrid vs. 2014 Prius

Why do hybrids look so Well, actually, they You just probably haven’t many of today’s most hybrids look almost like their non-hybrid We compare the 2014 Volkswagen Hybrid, one of the most promising of incognito eco-champions, against the Toyota Prius.

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Toyota/Volkswagen Shoppping for a hybrid? out whether Toyota’s segment-leader or the to Volkswagen’s old standby make for the fit.

If hybrids are bought for reasons, it’s rarely the car itself, but rather the smug of doing one’s part to emissions and, in the process, money on fuel costs. are impressive, but it’s hard to get about paying extra for a car that might otherwise thousands less without the of pounds of batteries and electric apparatuses that make well, hybrids.

But if you’re going to get emotional a hybrid, it’s easier to do so it’s wrapped in a subtle that doesn’t scream mobile” wherever it goes. alert: exterior design is one of the reasons the 2014 VW Jetta gets the win against the wedge-shaped Prius in this NYDN comparison test.

But it’s far the only reason, of course. The also wins from a standpoint. It’s of German after all, and its Autobahn is evident in its strong acceleration, and communicative steering, and a smooth engine. The 7-speed transmission actual gears (versus the moaning CVT), affording the a very normal-feeling driving and engine sound around

Volkswagen The 2014 Volkswagen Hybrid features seven gears, making for a more driving experience.

The Jetta’s 170-horsepower hybrid powertrain has an “E-drive” mode that you to drive on electricity alone up to 47 mph (if really gentle on the gas pedal) for of more than a mile. The 134-hp hybrid powertrain has an electric-only drive mode, but its gas cuts in at a lower speed and the droney gas engine is turning on and off far often.

This matchup is by no a slam-dunk for the Jetta. The Prius the VW up from a versatility standpoint its spacious hatchback cargo unmatched “green cred” of course, that magic 50 mpg fuel economy number the Jetta Hybrid’s 45 mpg rating). And not as a Toyota, the Prius boasts a reputation for reliability, which many customers genuine of mind.

Toyota The wedge shape of the Toyota Prius was a mark it.

Then there are areas the contest is more or less a Both cars’ interiors, for offer their own sets of and shortcomings. The Prius offers amounts of space up front and an view of the road ahead and to the But it also has its share of ergonomic such as gauge cluster up into a strip of black near the base of the windshield and a that sprouts out from the The sloping roof also rear headroom, while the design hampers the view out the window.

The Jetta has a conventional, sensible layout and boasts an outstanding Fender audio system, yet it its occupants with hard, plastic all over the console and trim. The shiny “V-Tex” upholstery feels more, um, than comfortable. Certainly, at the price of my SEL-grade test I would have hoped for sort of padding on the door and maybe some classier seats—like, say, that plaid fabric used in the GTI.

Toyota A roomy up front is one positive for the 2014 Prius.

The Prius can get pricey, It’s available in five with high-end models up over $35-grand. At that you’ll enjoy features as remote vehicle air conditioning, Key access, and our favorite, a solar roof panel.

This clever tech sunlight to power a fan that ambient air circulating through the to keep the interior from into an oven on hot summer The solar-powered fan also reduces the on the air conditioner when you get back in and on the car. This boosts reduces emissions and raises eco smug-meter. The Jetta’s got nothing to this.


Volkswagen Inside, the has a conventional dashboard layout, but from cheap-looking plastic and vinyl upholstery.

Then the “green cred” issue. Prius drivers buy them because they’re conspicuously Green Badges of Courage—and they’re happy to live the weak, noisy powertrain and of … appeal. For them, the wins this matchup because it’s a Prius.

Jetta hybrid buyers probably be attracted to the car for the exact reasons. The VW is a subtle non-statement with real-car styling, a interior and real-car driving It’s an automobile that you have your car and your fuel economy, too, looking like you’re a block of cheese. And thus, the gets the win.

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