Okay, so that may be a bit of a loaded question. At David Stanley Chevrolet in Oklahoma City we’re pulling for the home team. Yet according to a USA Today report last month, the Chevy Volt is leading the Toyota Prius in sales.
As more Americans begin leaning towards buying hybrid cars, the competition between the latest in plug-in electric hybrids is becoming more heated. In our Chevy Volt vs Prius blog, we’ll take a look at how these two plug-in cars match up.
Chevy Volt vs Prius: Mileage
When it comes to stacking up hybrid cars, there is one number that is more important than any other—fuel mileage. This is a category in which the Chevy Volt excels. With some battery modifications to the latest Volt, its 16.5 kWh will take you 38 miles on a single charge, a 3 mile increase from the previous Volt. The new Volt also boasts an mpg equivalent of 98 miles per gallon.
The new plug-in Prius has an mpg equivalent of 95 mpg, but will only take you 15 miles on electricity alone. When it comes to overall battery life and battery performance, the Chevrolet Volt simply performs better than its Prius opponent.
Chevy Volt vs Prius: Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Chevy Volt also has a clear advantage. While the Prius weighs in with a 40hp electric motor and a 98hp gas motor, the Chevy Volt brings a nice punch with its 149hp electric motor, offering more electric horsepower than the combined Prius motors.
With hybrids, the electric horsepower competition is about more than just get-up-and-go ability. The reduced electric horsepower of the Prius means that a driver will spend more time using the gas motor. You know what that means—more time at the pump.
Chevy Volt vs Prius: Cost
Many car buyers make the misconception that the Prius V’s lower MSRP ultimately means that they are getting a better deal. You can buy the Prius V at just over $30,000. The 2013 Chevy Volt, on the other hand, has an MSRP of $39,145.
While you may drive the Prius off of the lot for cheaper, the real difference in cost comes in the long run. Like we said before, the low electric horsepower of the Prius means you’ll be using more gas. In the long run, you’ll pay more over the lifetime of a Prius than if you’d purchased the Volt.
Chevy Volt vs Prius: Long Term
Many car experts predict that Prius will outsell the Chevy Volt in the long run. While only released in 15 states, the Prius has achieved exceptional sales numbers. Many speculate that this is simply because of the Prius brand. As one of the first attempts at hybrid vehicles, the Prius stands out in terms of name.
If you’re not taking the bait for a car that doesn’t perform as well as the Chevy Volt, view our new cars page or stop by our Oklahoma City lot to check out the new Chevy Volt. Buy a Volt today and quit feeling the pain at the fuel pump.