Toyota Prius Prime or the Chevrolet Volt: Which Is the Winner?

Posted Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 by North Hollywood Toyota

While the Chevrolet Volt is the best-selling plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the new Toyota Prius Prime is catching up to it. As these two vehicles battle for supremacy on the sales floor, the only thing you’re probably wondering about is which one makes the most sense for you. Well, the answer to that question depends on a number of factors, some obvious and some that may not have occurred to you. So, read on and find out if heading to a Los Angeles Toyota dealer is the right choice for you.


Currently, the Chevrolet Volt and the Toyota Prius Prime are the only second-generation plug-in hybrids available, with offerings from all other dealers being more or less the same technology as the first model years they released. Electric and hybrid vehicles are getting better and better as the technology develops and matures.

Why Are Plug-Ins Popular?

Plug-in hybrids are popular due to their versatility. For short trips, they can run off all electric power stored in the battery and, over longer distances, they can function as regular hybrids, combining the efficiency and environmental consciousness of electric vehicles, with the range and versatility of hybrid electric vehicles.

While a normal hybrid simply charges the electric battery with the engine and regenerative braking, a plug-in hybrid can be plugged in to charge the battery. Plug-ins are an ideal choice for those who want to save on fuel but are skeptical of the ranges of today’s electric-only cars.

Volt or Prius?

If range is your primary concern, then you need look no further than the Chevrolet Volt. Under electric-only power, it can travel up to 53 miles, which is almost two days’ worth of driving for the average American. The Toyota Prius, however, has a range of 25 miles. However, the ranges don’t tell the whole story.

First of all, the Volt has an MPGe rating of 106, whereas the Prius has one of 133. Essentially, each mile the Volt travels costs a bit more than a mile for the more efficient Prius, and, once the electric power runs out and the vehicle functions as a normal hybrid, the story goes back to plain old fuel efficiency. On that front, the Prius Prime blows the Volt out of the water again. The Prius Prime boasts a fuel efficiency of a combined 54 mpg, compared to the 42 mpg of the Volt. So, outside the range offered by the Volt, the Prius Prime is likely to save you money.


Apart from the efficiency, both cars differ on interior comfort and cargo space. Both are equipped with plenty of space in the front seat and, being hatchbacks, can carry a lot, but the Prius Prime manages to intelligently balance passenger comfort, cargo space, and overall size, as it boasts 91.5 cubic feet of passenger space and 19.8 cubic feet of cargo, compared to the Volt’s 90.8 cubic feet for riders and mere 10.6 cubic feet of cargo space. So, if comfort and carrying capacity mean anything to you, the Prius Prime is the clear winner.

And the Winner Is … Prius!

For more information about the Toyota Prius Prime, including pricing and availability, contact North Hollywood Toyota, one of the best Toyota dealers in Southern California.