2012 Chevrolet Volt Consumer Review: Volt v. Prius: Volt Wins in Ca

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Volt v. Prius: Volt Wins in California
By johndhenry on


2012 Chevrolet Volt 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD)


I have a 2nd Gen Prius and a Volt (first American car I’ve owned) so I have some basis to compare them.
To sum it up:
TOTAL COST: Volt wins over Prius – The new Prius costs nearly $43K ($36K for car and options + 8.5% CA tax + $4K in 5 year loan interest), while the Volt costs $40K ($44 for car & options + 8.5% CA tax + $0K for GM 5 year loan @ 0% interest - $9K in Fed/State tax incentives).
MPG: Volt wins over Prius – After several thousands of Bay Area commute miles I am getting 80mpg.
Calif HOV Lane Acess:
It is no wonder that the Volt has won so many ‘Car of the Year’ awards and Consumer Reports super high marks

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RIDE: Volt wins over Prius - The 3rd Gen Prius (like the 2nd Gen) was bouncy, loud, had a numb steering feel and was tinny – don’t get me wrong, I expect this from a light car that gets extremely high mileage. The best way that I can describe how the Volt drives and handles is that it is solid and extremely quiet. The doors close with a solid thud and when underway, the steering is connected to the road and the cabin is extremely quiet. Said differently, the Volt drives like a much larger/more competent ‘regular’ car without engine noise (oh, and the Volt accelerates much faster than the Prius…i.e. much better low-end torque ).

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Low front air dam scrapes driveways.
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By bob2304
on 04/19/12 10:04 AM (PDT)

Great review. However, I just bought a new 2011 (left over) Prius 2 including TTL for $23500. I'm sure it didn't have all the options your Prius did. Did all the options you have on the Prius come with the Volt? The Priius I have does seem to have a problem with road and wind noise. I am going to look at the Volt soon.

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