Monday, June 2, 2014

Prius Versus Volt: Toyota Comes Out on Top

How Toyota is winning the hybrid race

It's an exciting time to own a hybrid car. As the price of gas continues to rise, more and more manufacturers are entering the space. This creates more choice for hybrid-hungry consumers and lowers prices for all entrants. Despite a bevy of new competitors, however, the Toyota Prius remains at the top of the pack. In fact, it handily beats out the other hot hybrid of the moment: the Chevy Volt.

Prius and Volt: Side by Side

First, it's important to note that the Prius and Volt appear most commonly as gas-electric hybrids. At low speeds, they're powered exclusively by electric engines. For highway driving, they mostly use gas. Both the gas engine and the car's braking system are responsible for recharging these vehicles' batteries. Although Chevy and Toyota offer plug-in electric versions of these vehicles, these options remain a bit less common than the traditional models. However, this will change in the coming years.

Price and Performance

For cost-conscious hybrid buyers who want to stretch their buying dollars (and gas budgets) as far as possible, the relative cost of a new vehicle is a critical consideration. On this measure, Toyota handily beats out Chevy: The base model of the Prius Plug-In Hybrid starts at under $30,000, and the "advanced" model fetches less than $5,000 more. Meanwhile, the Volt's base model costs about the same as the most expensive version of the Prius Plug-In. On sticker price alone, it clearly makes more sense to opt for the Prius.

Safety and Convenience

Although both vehicles are quite safe, the new version of the Prius has a bevy of updates to the model that it replaced. By contrast, the new version of the Volt has few updates over the previous model. Additionally, the Plug-In Prius boasts a relatively low clearance for ease of access and takes just three hours to charge on a standard outlet. By contrast, the Volt can take up to nine hours to charge.

Your New Vehicle Dealer for Cheboygan and Northern Michigan

You don't have to buy a brand-new Prius to become the proud owner of a new Toyota. From efficient Corollas and Camrys to powerful Tundras and Sequoias, we offer a range of Toyota models for every taste, need and budget. Whether you just need a quick ride to work each day or actually make your living on the highways and byways of the Great Lakes State, we're here to help. Call 888-409-1731 or visit our Cheboygan location to see what we have in stock.

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