2020 Toyota Prius vs. 2019 Chevrolet Volt

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Prius 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 Prius has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Volt doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Prius LE/XLE/Limited has standard Parking Support Brake that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Volt doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Prius offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Volt doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Prius’ driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Volt doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Prius and the Volt 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 blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors 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 Prius is safer than the Chevrolet Volt:

Prius

Volt

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

157

383

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.7 inches

Neck Stress

173 lbs.

240 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

203/179 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, results indicate that the Toyota Prius is safer than the Chevrolet Volt:

Prius

Volt

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

183 G’s

222 G’s

Hip Force

8 lbs.

279 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

269

349

Hip Force

484 lbs.

690 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Prius the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 101 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Volt has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Prius 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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The Volt’s redline is at 5600 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Prius has a 4000 RPM redline.

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 Prius’ reliability 55 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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Prius AWD-e’s standard fuel tank has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Volt (10.6 vs. 8.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Prius FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Volt (11.3 vs. 8.9 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Toyota Prius higher (7 out of 10) than the Chevrolet Volt (3 to 7). This means the Prius produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Volt every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Prius stops shorter than the Volt:

Prius

Volt

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Prius XLE/Limited’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.

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

The Prius Limited handles at .90 G’s, while the Volt Premier pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Prius Limited executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Volt Premier (26.3 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.4 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Prius’ turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the Volt’s (33.5 feet vs. 36.4 feet). The Prius Limited/XLE FWD’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Volt’s (35.4 feet vs. 36.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota Prius may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 500 pounds less than the Chevrolet Volt.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Prius L Eco is quieter than the Volt Premier:

Prius

Volt

At idle

26 dB

37 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

67 dB

Passenger Space

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

The Prius has 2.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Volt (93.1 vs. 90.3).

The Prius has 1.6 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 1.6 inches more rear headroom and .6 inches more rear hip room than the Volt.

Cargo Capacity

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The Prius has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Volt (27.4 vs. 10.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Prius (except L/LE) offers an available 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 Prius’ 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 Prius 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 Prius XLE/Limited’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Volt’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Prius has a standard rear wiper. The Volt doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Prius (except L/LE) offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Volt doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Prius’ standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet charges extra for heated mirrors on the Volt.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Prius owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Prius with a number “5” insurance rate while the Volt is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The Prius will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Prius will retain 44.07% to 45.12% of its original price after five years, while the Volt only retains 25.02% to 27.06%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Prius is less expensive to operate than the Volt because it costs $527 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Prius than the Volt, including $71 less for a water pump, $200 less for a muffler and $16 less for front brake pads.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Prius will be $6183 to $10198 less than for the Chevrolet Volt.

Recommendations

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

The Toyota Prius outsold the Chevrolet Volt by over seven to one during the 2019 model year.

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