2018 Chevrolet Volt vs. 2018 Toyota Prius

September 19th, 2018 by

2018 Chevrolet Volt for sale in Purcell, OK

The Toyota Prius may have been the original poster child for hybrid vehicles, but as other manufacturers got in on the hybrid vehicle market the Prius began to look stale. Indeed, in 2018, the Chevrolet Volt for sale in Purcell Oklahoma surpasses the Prius in some key metrics. Take a test drive of both the Prius and the Volt and you’ll be left with no doubt which feels like the better car to drive. Chevrolet has perfected the hybrid vehicle in the Volt, making it the clear choice for smart Oklahoma buyers in 2018.

Let’s Compare the Chevrolet Volt & the Toyota Prius

Handling and Brakes

The 2018 Chevrolet Volt comes standard with front-wheel drive. This vehicle is like other hybrids in how it uses regenerative brakes; however, what you’ll find that you won’t with other hybrids is how it has an extremely smooth transition from the regenerative brakes to the mechanical brakes. You’ll find that with the 2018 Chevrolet Volt that it doesn’t have that strange jerking feeling that is apparent in so many other hybrid vehicles.

Another incredible feature is the steering wheel mounted paddle that produces stronger deceleration from the regenerative system whenever the driver lifts their foot from the accelerator. You’ll find that when driving the 2018 Chevrolet Volt that this actually causes it to capture even more energy. You’ll be able to slow the car down by a large amount without even pressing down on the brake pedal. The 2018 Chevrolet Volt can go from zero to 60 mph in about eight seconds, which is mighty quick for a hybrid vehicle.

The 2018 Toyota Prius also has an electronically controlled brake system which, of course, is a great feature. This brake system leads in the industry when it comes to safety and economy, which is certainly a very positive aspect when it comes to both the 2018 Toyota Prius and the 2018 Chevrolet Volt.

However, when it comes to handling the Prius, you’ll find that it does have that unfortunate jerking feeling like most other hybrid vehicles. The 2018 Toyota Prius can also only go from zero to 60 mph in approximately 10.4 seconds – much slower than the Volt.

Overall, it’s easy to see that the new 2018 Chevrolet Volt takes the lead in regenerative braking and handling. The braking systems may be categorized under the same name but it’s clear that when it comes to use and functionality the Volt leaves the driver and passengers alike experiencing balanced movement and natural driving feel.

Day-to-Day Usage

The 2018 Chevrolet Volt has been awarded the top safety pick award of 2018. This hybrid vehicle has a 1.5-liter direct injected high-efficiency engine paired with two electric motors. It has a 53-mile battery range and up to a 420-mile range with a full charge when using gas as energy to extend the range.

The 2018 Toyota Prius comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors. With a full charge, the Toyota Prius 2018 model will go approximately 25 miles before it switches over to gas as a backup. Unfortunately, this means more charging time for the driver or more fill-ups at the gas pump compared to other hybrids in its class.

Clearly, it’s apparent that the 2018 Chevrolet Volt wins by a landslide when it comes to not only the engine, but the battery range. The battery range for the Volt is more than double compared to the 2018 Toyota Prius when at full charge. This will not only help when you’re on the road with efficiency but also save your time related to fill-ups and battery charging.

Technological Features

The 2018 Chevrolet Volt comes with an audio system that includes Chevrolet MyLink Radio and an eight-inch color touchscreen. It has an AM/FM stereo system along with a digital clock interface. You’ll find that it has Bluetooth streaming audio for music for select phones as well. It has voice-activated technology. The audio system itself has six speakers and an auxiliary input jack that’s inside of the front storage bin of the vehicle. The audio interface has USB ports, including two in the storage bin. You’ll find it comes with SiriusXM radio options as well as built-in Wi-Fi hotspot that can support up to seven devices at once.

The more expensive 2018 Toyota Prius also has many technology-driven features, starting with its 11.6-inch HD multimedia display screen. You can use it similar to a tablet with zoom, tap, and swipe features. The Prius comes with ten JBL GreenEdge speakers as well as advanced voice recognition. It also has hands-free phone capability for safety that includes phone book access and music streaming using Bluetooth. It has Siri Eyes Free technology as well as an HD radio. You’ll also find it had a predictive traffic and doppler weather overlay function.

It’s obvious both the 2018 Chevrolet Volt and 2018 Toyota Prius have incredible technology features; however, it’s clear by the extra amenities provided with the 2018 Chevrolet Volt that when it comes to technology it is a leader in this category.

Summary

Both the 2018 Chevrolet Volt and the 2018 Toyota Prius have some excellent features and capabilities perfect for hybrid vehicles. It’s clear to see that the 2018 Chevrolet Volt wins by a landslide in many categories. The brake system for the Chevrolet Volt doesn’t leave the driver or passengers feeling jerked around, as you’ll find with the Prius. The Volt has a much quicker rate of acceleration, making it feel like a real car instead of the wishy-washy feeling you get from the Prius. You’ll find a much better battery life on the Volt. You will also find many more technological features included on the 2018 Chevrolet Volt than on the 2018 Toyota Prius.

While there are many things to consider when it comes to a hybrid vehicle, there is no denying that the 2018 Chevrolet Volt is the best choice if you want a car that feels like car.

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