Chevrolet Volt Vs. Toyota Prius: Compare Cars

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Chevrolet Volt Vs. Toyota Compare Cars

Toyota Vs. Chevrolet Volt

Buyers for the greenest of cars often to the Toyota Prius, but with the Volt entering its fourth on the market and a new plug-in version of the launched early in 2012, the is getting more complicated.

So one would meet your mix of needs? Regrettably, the answer out to be: Well, it depends.

The Chevy went on sale in December as a 2011 model, and in its first about 7,500 of the range-extended car—the first such car offered commercially by a big auto sold. Its lithium-ion battery is now rated at 38 miles of electric by the EPA. Once the pack is the Volt’s gasoline engine switches on to generate electricity to the drive electric motor. that the engine doesn’t the wheels directly (with one exception), but turns a generator produces electricity to replace provided by the battery. When the is operating that way, the EPA it at 37 mpg.

The third-generation Toyota Prius is the definitive and best-known hybrid It now comes in four models: a V wagon, a smaller Prius C and a plug-in hybrid version of the liftback. The Prius liftback and C are EPA-rated at 50 mph combined; the taller, Prius V wagon comes in at 42 mpg and then there’s the Prius Hybrid (to give it its full

So for gas mileage, the conventional hybrid of the Prius liftback (50 mpg) better than the Volt (37 the Volt’s engine is running. But the Prius gets only 1 mile of electric range, the Volt’s 25 to 40 miles (depending on temperature, use of climate control, and factors). Then there’s the plug-in, which falls in the with 50 mpg as well when running as a hybrid, plus 6 to 15 of battery range—but only at below roughly 50 mph, and lighter loads. Hammer the in the plug-in Prius, and it’ll on the engine—unlike the Volt, whose is capable of powering the car regardless of you ask it to, until it’s depleted.

The shape of the Volt is similar to the Prius, which can be pegged 100 feet. Both have a front, flat sides, a that stays high and drops off abruptly, and two-piece windows—with a long, almost panel in the upper part of the plus a smaller vertical in the lower section. Each design has supporters and detractors, but the is bigger inside and can seat while the Volt won’t more than four has less load space as

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

They’re very different the wheel, though. The standard Prius is still primarily a car, and while it can accelerate rest to about 30 mph solely on that takes a light on the accelerator and a gradual gathering of Otherwise, the engine will on, as it will at first when the car is And the plug-in Prius is the same, it provides a much longer range and runs in electric-only at higher speeds. But the Volt electrically all the time, so its power is quiet, and continuous under any regardless of whether the engine is or not.

Gas mileage of all three falls somewhat in cold as does electric range. packs of any size are like they prefer to be at about 70 F.) We confirmed that the Prius about 50 mpg in real-world usage.But the mileage that Prius and Volt owners get will entirely on how much and how often plug in to recharge the battery That process takes the up to 9 hours on regular 110-Volt current, or about 4 hours a specially installed 240-Volt 2 charging station, versus 3 hours for the Prius Plug-In. The hybrid Prius, of course, plug in at all.

A Volt owner who does 30 miles a day and recharges every may not switch on his engine for weeks at a (Volts actually ask permission of drivers to switch on the engine for a few every few months, to circulate the and prevent damage to due lack to Owners may easily record gas of 100 to 400 miles per gallon under circumstances. But Volt owners who 50 or more miles every day be powered by a mix of grid electricity and so their mileage will be 37 mpg or higher.

So who saves more gasoline? As we it depends. If you do 100 miles a day, the hybrid wins. If you do 30 miles a day and in religiously, the Volt wins. And if somewhere in the middle, the math really complex and the Prius Hybrid may come out ahead in combinations of usage.

Other The Volt has a more stylish but has many identical looking switches on the center stack, some drivers say require concentration to operate properly. And occupant sits in a defined seat, even in the rear, the battery pack precludes a seating position. The Prius has a sort of Space Age design and is of patterned hard plastics, simple numeric and diagram in the upper Multi-Information Display at the of the windshield. The flying buttress console that sweeps from the dash is impressionistic but impractical. The seats are comfortable and plenty of room inside,

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

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