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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, dashboard layout and boasts an available Fender audio yet it surrounds its occupants with Tupperware-grade plastic all over the and door trim. The shiny vinyl upholstery feels um, sturdy than comfortable. at the $32,265 price of my SEL-grade vehicle, I would have for some sort of padding on the panels, and maybe some cloth seats—like, say, cool plaid fabric in the Golf GTI.

Toyota A roomy interior up is one positive for the 2014 Toyota

The Prius can get pricey, too. available in five grades, high-end models creeping up $35-grand. At that level, enjoy features such as vehicle air conditioning, Smart Key and our favorite, a solar cell panel.

This clever uses sunlight to power a fan keeps ambient air circulating the cabin, to keep the interior turning into an oven on hot days. The solar-powered fan also the load on the air conditioner when you get in and turn on the car. This MPGs, reduces emissions and your eco smug-meter. The Jetta’s got close to this.


Volkswagen Inside, the Jetta has a dashboard layout, but suffers cheap-looking plastic and less-than-comfortable upholstery.

Then there’s the cred” issue. Many drivers buy them specifically they’re conspicuously eco-friendly—veritable Badges of Courage—and hence, happy to live with the noisy powertrain and lack of sex For them, the Prius wins matchup simply because a Prius.

Jetta hybrid will probably be attracted to the car for the opposite reasons. The VW is a subtle car, with real-car a real-car interior and real-car dynamics. It’s an automobile lets you have your car and high fuel economy, without looking like driving a block of cheese. And the Jetta gets the win.

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