Up until last year, the battle between these two vehicles was lopsided. In 2014, Toyota sold 122,776 units of the Prius in the US. On the other hand, Chevrolet sold only 18,805 units of its Volt plug-in hybrid model.
The main difference between the two is that the 2016 Toyota Prius is a non-plug in hybrid electric model, while the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid. They both are some variations of a hybrid car, and they both have their strengths and weaknesses. But when you are in a dilemma on which one to buy, take a look at some of their differences.
One of the biggest strengths of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is that it can run on electric power for 53 miles, judging by the EPA rating. In gas only model, the Volt returns an EPA standard of 42mpg. Chevrolet claims that most of your trips will be within the battery range and you might never use the gasoline. However, during winter and cold days, the Volt will kick into what Chevrolet calls “Engine Running due to temperature” mode, which burns gas in order to give the engine some boost. Apart than that, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is an electric vehicle with gas as a backup.
The 2016 Prius, on the other hand, offers 55 mpg in base trim. Toyota will also release an Eco version that should provide better mileage.
Therefore, if your trip is below 100 miles, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is the better option as it saves more gas. The trick is to stay within the electric mode with the Volt, which is quite possible given that daily trips are under 50 miles. However, for longer trips, the 2016 Toyota Prius is the way to go, because, as the mileage increases, the efficiency of the Prius increases as well.
Space and Functionality
The 2016 Prius is a midsize vehicle, while the 2016 Volt is a small and compact vehicle. The result is that the Prius can fit five passengers without any problems. Technically, the 2016 Volt is a five-passenger car, but the middle rear seat can only fit kids or small adults. Leg room is also an area of strength for the Prius. Going deeper, the 2016 Toyota Prius also offers more cargo room with 94 cubic feet space for passengers, while the Volt offers 90 cubic feet passenger space.
Speed and power
Even though power is not the deciding factor when it comes to electric vehicles and compact plug-in hybrids like the 2016 Volt and 2016 Prius, some people want faster acceleration. We are yet to see the cars in action, but some reports state that the 2016 Chevrolet Volt can sprint to 60mph within 8 and 9 seconds, while the 2016 Toyota Prius needs approximately 10 seconds.
It might all come down to the pricing and this is where the 2016 Toyota Prius may win hands down. While the price is still unknown, some suggest it will be cheaper than the outgoing model, which costs $25,000. A price tag of $23,000 is very plausible and likely scenario for the 2016 Prius. On the other hand, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt has a price tag of $33,170 for the basic LT trim, while the premier trim costs $37,520.
So which is your favorite pick? Share your views in the comments section below!