Alternative fuel vehicles are becoming more and more prevalent on today’s market, and in particular electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. We’re extremely proud of what the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime as turned into and look forward to seeing its progression, and there are plenty of other great options on there on the market, like the Chevy Volt for instance. If you’re looking to get a foot in the door of plug-in driving, we thought we’d help make your decision a little bit easier by comparing the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime vs 2018 Chevy Volt side by side, so you can see the advantages and disadvantages of each.
The Prius Prime, which made its debut in the 2017 model year, is the successor of the original Prius Plug-In which came out in 2012. The Chevy Volt has been on the market since 2011.
2018 Toyota Prius Prime
2018 Chevy Volt
|2018 Chevy Volt||Combined Fuel Efficiency||42 mpg|
|25 miles||Battery Only Range||53 miles|
|600+ miles||Total Range||420 miles|
|19.8 cu. ft.||Cargo Capacity||10.6 cu. ft.|
To make this comparison we thought we’d start right at the top of the table and work our way through row by row, starting of course with combined fuel efficiency. The Prius Prime manages to surpass 50 miles per gallon, clocking in at 54 mpg combined, which is a whopping 12 mpg more than the Chevy Volt manages. Furthermore, while not pictured here, the Volt achieves a 106 MPGe which sounds quite impressive – until you find out the Prius Prime achieves 133 MPGe.
Moving right along, the Chevy Volt does have one pretty huge specification in its corner, and that’s battery-only range. The Prius Prime can only travel 25 miles without using gasoline, but the Volt more than doubles that with 53 miles. Unfortunately for the Volt, its engineers didn’t translate that advantage into total range, as the Prius Prime – when full charged and filled – can travel 220 miles further than the Volt can under the same circumstances.
Finally, just the cherry on top, the Prime offers nearly twice as much cargo space with an extra 9.2 cu. ft. of space in its trunk. If you’re interested in having your own 2018 Toyota Prius Prime, be sure to get in touch with us right away here at Arlington Toyota.