Chevy Volt vs Toyota Prius Plug In: Prius Owners Praise Volt as an Excellent Alternative
These opinions are taken from Plugin Prius Facebook group, which is a public group. In them one can see what current Prius owners think about Volt, discussing some pros and cons when it comes to Toyota Prius Plug In vs. Chevy Volt.
"I made a spreadsheet of my utilization and the best fuel economy numbers I could come up with, comparing 2012 Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius models at the time, and their prices", writes Prius owner Jim Scarborough. "The Prius edged out the Volt, but not by much. On the other hand, the Consumer Reports reliability score was much higher for the Prius. I like reliability."
Apparently the numbers are numbers are different when you compare the 2017 Volt to 2017 Prius. "Try the same spreadsheet using the new 2017 Volt (already available): 53 miles on a charge and then, once the charge is used-up, 48 miles per gallon," replies Korvettes Roseville to Scarborough. He also adds that most of our average driving will be electric if you own the 2017 Volt or the Prius Plug In. Most people commute less than 40 miles to work.
There is an interesting comment from a 2011 Prius owner, published in the May 26th article in Business Insider comparing the Volt to a Prius and presenting the Volt as the "excellent alternative" to Prius. In which, that consumer writes this. "I own a 2011 Prius, and the 2016 Volt's performance blows it away. My family has to gas up the Prius only once a month, meaning that we spend around $24o a year of fuel, at current prices."
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To this, in the same group discussion Scarborough replies that this is the funny thing about the Prius electric. "A full charge is about 33¢ and gets me about 10 miles, or about 3¢/mile. Gas is about $2.20/58 miles = 3.8¢/mi."
Volt vs Prius Price Considerations
Both are great cars. Yet, Toyota Prius is a lot less expensive. The 2015 Prius Plug-In 5dr HB's base MSRP price is $30,825. The 2016 Chevy Volt's base MSRP starts at From $33,170, the Premier is 37,520 dollars. "The Prius is a lot less expensive and gets 25 percent better gas mileage if you are driving over 50 miles," comments David Radzieta in the same group.
Select the one that best fits your needs. Whether it's Plug in Prius or Chevy Volt.