2016 Chevy Volt vs 2016 Toyota Prius
Over the years there has been a large movement to ditch the gas-guzzler and opt for cleaner and more efficient vehicles. With so many new options for sale though, how do people decide what eco-friendly automobile is best for their lifestyle? Looking at media coverage and overall popularity: two of the most prominent cars in this market have been the Chevy Volt and the Toyota Prius.
Prius vs Volt
The Prius’ name is familiar to most because this vehicle has four generations behind it. It has high ratings in terms of fuel efficiency and can get between 52 and 56 miles per gallon. The Chevy Volt, on the other hand, is only in its second generation and this year, it's all new. The 2016 model can now enable drivers to enjoy 50 miles just on the electric power that recharges its battery. After those miles, it becomes a regular gas-powered hybrid with 42-mpg efficiency rate.
When comparing vehicles, efficiency is very important. People spend a lot of time in their cars, so the vehicles that operate longer on one tank of gas are advantageous. Consumers also need cars that drive smoothly so they can enjoy daily commuting, errands and Sunday afternoon drives with the family. Those who have driven fuel-efficient vehicles in the past understand the vehicles can be slow to pick up speed, but the new 2016 models are starting to take care of that issue.
The Prius vehicles have several different models, but the Liftback is the most similar to the latest version of the Chevy Volt. The Prius offers two battery pack options with the cheaper nickel-metal-hydride pack and a lighter lithium-ion pack. There are also eco models that get even higher gas ratings than the others, but all Prius vehicles utilize high efficiency gasoline to assist the electric motor.
The Chevy Volt does things differently by providing about 50 miles of driving just on the battery alone. After that pack is depleted, the engine switches to the gas and will function like a regular hybrid until the battery is recharged again. It is hard to compare the two numbers, but those who drive to and from work or just run errands and rack up less than 50 miles a day are better off with the Chevy Volt. Drivers can use little to no gas with the Volt and recharge it overnight.
Side by side
The Prius and the Volt both maintain a basic profile with a high-tailed lift back appearance and five doors. They have a high roofline that drops off in the back. Both the Prius and the Volt can seat five people, with the Toyota being just a bit roomier. Each of the two vehicles have nicer interiors than their predecessors with pleasing display graphics.
It is hard to choose between these two vehicles by safety ratings because both have done very well. They have standard features like cruise control, crash braking, lane-departure correction and many other features. Owners of both vehicles rave about them and the Chevy Volt has gotten the highest owner-approval scores of any car in its factory's history.
The Prius and the Chevy Volt have both gone through an overhaul of improvements from past generations. Those who want to go green might consider the Chevy Volt over the Prius. After all, the Volt uses battery power exclusively for the first 50 miles before the gas engine kicks in. Stop by any of your local Valley Chevy dealers to test-drive a 2016 Chevy Volt today. Ask questions, make comparisons, and see what this outstanding vehicle looks like up close and personal.