2019 Chevrolet Volt vs. 2019 Toyota Prius Prime

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Volt and the Prius Prime have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Volt’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Prius Prime’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 2 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Volt’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine

The Volt’s standard 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 28 more horsepower (149 vs. 121) and 188 lbs.-ft. more torque (294 vs. 106) than the Prius Prime’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the Chevrolet Volt is faster than the Toyota Prius Prime:

 

Volt

Prius Prime

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

10.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

22.5 sec

30.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.4 sec

10.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.1 sec

4.7 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.3 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

17.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88 MPH

79 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Volt’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 53 miles, over twice as far as the Prius Prime’s 25-mile range.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Volt’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Prius Prime:

 

Volt

Prius Prime

Front Rotors

11 inches

10 inches

The Volt stops much shorter than the Prius Prime:

 

Volt

Prius Prime

 

70 to 0 MPH

180 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Volt has larger tires than the Prius Prime (215/50R17 vs. 195/65R15).

The Volt’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Prius Prime’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Volt has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 15-inch wheels are available on the Prius Prime.

The Volt has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Volt is .4 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Prius Prime.

The Volt Premier handles at .86 G’s, while the Prius Prime Premium pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Volt Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Prius Prime Premium (26.9 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Volt Premier is quieter than the Prius Prime Advanced (66 vs. 71 dB).

Passenger Space

The Volt has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Prius Prime can only carry 4.

The Volt has 2.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Prius Prime.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Volt and the Prius Prime have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Volt is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Prius Prime prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

On a hot day the Volt’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Prius Prime can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Volt’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Prius Prime’s headlights are rated “Acceptable.”

The Volt has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Prius Prime has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Premium/Advanced.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Volt has standard extendable sun visors. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the Volt and the Prius Prime offer available heated front seats. The Volt Premier also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Prius Prime.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Volt is less expensive to operate than the Prius Prime because typical repairs cost much less on the Volt than the Prius Prime, including $266 less for a water pump, $153 less for fuel injection, $196 less for front struts and $411 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its February 2017 issue and the Chevrolet Volt Premier won out over the Toyota Prius Prime Advanced.

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