Toyota Prius Vs. Chevrolet VoltEnlarge Photo
Both cars score high on safety tests. The Prius doesn't has earned four- and five-star results from the federal government, as well as mostly 'good' ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Volt also earns top scores from both agencies. And even years on, no Volts have experienced on-road incidents that would bring the safety of its lithium-ion battery pack or any other electrical components into question.In the end, the conventional hybrid Toyota Prius has become a mainstream car choice in its 15 years on the market. Toyota is building on that success in launching the three new Prius models, all of which provide high gas mileage without the complications of plugging in the car. The Prius is the third best-selling car Toyota makes, and the Prius name has come to represent quality, very high fuel efficiency, and a statement that its owner values driving green. Now, with a plug-in option for the greenest of the green Prius owners, Toyota has offered a competitor with a different mix of attributes than the Volt. On the other hand, the Chevrolet Volt is still in its infancy, and while owners love their Volts like no other GM car--it got the company's highest-ever owner approval scores--public debate still rages over whether it will succeed. Those exact same debates swirled around the earliest Prius models, by the way.
If you're looking for the car with the highest fuel economy on the market, and you're not ready to make the leap to a car with a plug, the standard Prius hybrid is clearly your choice.
If you think you would like to drive on grid electricity, but want the security of the Prius's history, reputation, and quality, the Prius Plug-In Hybrid may be your cup of tea.
But if you were the kind of pioneer who bought a Prius back in the early years--2000 through, say, 2004--you may be ready for your next big leap. If you can't afford a Tesla Model S all-electric sedan, and need more flexibility than an all-electric like the Nissan Leaf or BMW i3 can provide, the Volt could well be that leap.
|2015 Toyota Prius||2015 Chevrolet Volt|
|The 2015 Toyota Prius is still the most fuel-efficient gasoline car on the market, at 50 mpg; its iconic hatchback shape offers a spacious interior that can seat five, though the handling is nothing to write home about.||The 2015 Chevrolet Volt remains the only range-extended electric car, and Chevy hasn't done a good job of explaining it, but if you can live with four seats, it's smooth, quiet, comfortable--and one way into the future of cars.|
|Read moreThe 2015 Toyota Prius remains an iconic shape, but its interior design hasn't aged well and the instrumentation is scattershot.||Read moreThe 2014 Chevy Volt's shape is all about cheating the wind, but not appealing to all; the high-tech interior can come across as gimmicky.|
|Read moreThe 2015 Toyota Prius excels in fuel economy, but not in performance, handling, or road feel; it's numb and leaden, and the engine howls.||Read moreThe 2015 Chevy Volt surprises novices with its smooth, quiet electric power--even when the range-extending engine comes on|
|Read moreThe 2015 Toyota Prius is well-built, reliable, and offers five-door versatility with plenty of room, but the hard-plastic interior is grim.||Read moreThe 2015 Chevy Volt only fits four people--which compromises its utility despite the smooth ride, good handling, and quiet interior.|
|Read moreThe 2015 Toyota Prius led the pack in safety when it launched, but now it's only about average--albeit still a very safe car.||Read moreThe 2015 Chevy Volt gets decent crash-test scores, but it now lacks some of the latest electronic safety systems found in other cars of its price.|
|Read moreThe 2015 Toyota Prius offered advanced technology six years ago, but other mid-size cars have caught up to it.||Read moreThe price of a 2015 Chevy Volt, starting at $35K, seems high for a four-seat compact--and options can add up quickly.|
|Read moreThe 2015 Toyota Prius remains the most fuel-efficient gasoline car you can buy; only electric cars are more efficient.||Read moreThe 2015 Chevy Volt gets 37 mpg even in gasoline mode, higher than most small cars, and two-thirds of Volt miles are covered on grid electricity.|
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