2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid vs. 2019 Chevrolet Volt

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry Hybrid have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Chevrolet Volt doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry Hybrid are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Volt doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Camry Hybrid has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Volt doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Camry Hybrid has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Volt doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Camry Hybrid XLE offers an optional Rear Cross Traffic Braking that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Volt doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Camry Hybrid XLE offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Volt only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Compared to metal, the Camry Hybrid’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Chevrolet Volt has a metal gas tank.

Both the Camry Hybrid and the Volt have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota Camry Hybrid is safer than the Chevrolet Volt:

Camry Hybrid

Volt

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

140

320

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

20 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

335

383

Chest Compression

.7 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

21%

27.4%

Neck Stress

136 lbs.

240 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

266/310 lbs.

436/432 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota Camry Hybrid is safer than the Chevrolet Volt:

Camry Hybrid

Volt

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

134

165

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

136 G’s

222 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

289

349

Spine Acceleration

48 G’s

58 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

36 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Camry Hybrid its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Volt has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Camry Hybrid’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Volt’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry Hybrid for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Chevrolet only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Volt.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Camry Hybrid’s reliability 31 points higher than the Volt.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked fourth.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Chevrolet is ranked 23rd.

Engine

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The Camry Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 59 more horsepower (208 vs. 149) than the Volt’s 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Camry Hybrid is faster than the Chevrolet Volt:

Camry Hybrid

Volt

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.6 MPH

84.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Camry Hybrid has 4.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Volt (13.2 vs. 8.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Camry Hybrid’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Volt:

Camry Hybrid

Volt

Front Rotors

12 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.06 inches

10 inches

The Camry Hybrid stops shorter than the Volt:

Camry Hybrid

Volt

70 to 0 MPH

180 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Camry Hybrid SE/XLE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Volt (235/45R18 vs. 215/50R17).

The Camry Hybrid SE/XLE’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Volt’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camry Hybrid SE/XLE has standard 18-inch wheels. The Volt’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

The Camry Hybrid has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Volt; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Toyota Camry Hybrid has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Volt has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Camry Hybrid has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Volt’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Camry Hybrid has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Camry Hybrid flat and controlled during cornering. The Volt’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camry Hybrid’s wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the Volt (111.2 inches vs. 106.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camry Hybrid is 2 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Volt.

The Camry Hybrid’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.3% to 42.7%) than the Volt’s (58.5% to 41.5%). This gives the Camry Hybrid more stable handling and braking.

The Camry Hybrid XLE handles at .84 G’s, while the Volt Premier pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Camry Hybrid a Mid-size car, while the Volt is rated a Compact.

The Camry Hybrid has 9.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Volt (99.9 vs. 90.3).

The Camry Hybrid has .5 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, 3.3 inches more rear legroom, 3.3 inches more rear hip room and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Volt.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Camry Hybrid. The Volt doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

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The Camry Hybrid uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Volt uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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The Camry Hybrid XLE offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Volt doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Camry Hybrid’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Volt’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Camry Hybrid the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Volt can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Camry Hybrid’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Volt’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Camry Hybrid XLE offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Volt doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Camry Hybrid XLE keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Volt doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Camry Hybrid’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Volt doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Camry Hybrid and the Volt offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Camry Hybrid XLE has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Volt doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages

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The Camry Hybrid will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Camry Hybrid will retain 44.81% to 47.38% of its original price after five years, while the Volt only retains 25.02% to 27.06%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Camry Hybrid will be $7108 to $7313 less than for the Chevrolet Volt.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Camry Hybrid as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camry Hybrid first among midsize cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Volt isn’t in the top three.

The Toyota Camry outsold the Chevrolet Volt by over 35 to one during the 2019 model year.

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