Chevrolet released its first ever Volt back in 2015 as a 2016MY and that Volt aimed to surpass the Toyota Prius. However, the all-new Volt is coming with vengeance to destroy the Prius. Well, if you don’t believe this, we’ll let the figures do the talking.
The 2017 Chevrolet Volt, with a base price of $38,445, is fitted with a 18.4 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery and has a 1.5-liter inline-four mill worth 101 horsepower and 103 lb-ft torque. This model is capable of a combined power of 149 horsepower.
The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, on the other hand, comes at a base price of $33,965. It is equipped with an 8.8 kWh air-cooled lithium-ion battery and a 1.8-liter inline-four mill worth 95 horsepower and 105 lb-ft torque, with a total combined power of 121 horsepower.
The all-new Volt is able to reach 0-60 mph in 7.6 seconds in full electric mode and 7.4 seconds in hybrid mode, whereas the Toyota records at 12.2 seconds and 10.2 seconds, for electric and hybrid mode, respectively. The Volt has a top speed of 102 mph while the Prius hits top speed at 115 mph.
Going Head to Head
Based on Car&Driver‘s test results, the Volt scored an 81 score out of 100 for comfort, aesthetics and price while the Prius raked in 74.
For the powertrain, the report took into consideration the 1/4-mile acceleration, flexibility, fuel economy, engine NVH and transmission which saw the Volt scoring 53/55 whereas the Toyota scored a mere 39.
In regards to chassis, consisting of performance, steering feel, brake feel, handling and ride, the Volt scored 55 out of 60. The Prius fell short in this category, as well, with its 45 total score.
And, when it comes to how fun the car is to drive, the Volt scored a 20 out of 25 while the Prius managed a score of 17.
Overall, the 2017 Chevrolet Volt came out as the winner in this comparison with a total score of 209 out of the possibly 240 whereas the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime limps behind with a total score of 175.