2016 Toyota Prius: Prius or Volt - Which Would You Rather?
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on August 15, 2016
Prius or Volt?
I go back and forth over which might be the better car for me. I'm leaning 2016 Toyota Prius at the moment, but I can't pin down exactly why.
It might be that the Prius feels more agile out in 45-mph boulevard traffic, taking turns and corners. Not exactly sports-car handling (with its narrow tires, hardly), but it feels less lumbering than the Volt and certainly improves on the previous generation.
It's in these conditions, by the way, where the Prius' electric assist is sublime. From 25 mph to 50 mph, there's a seamless unspooling of power from under the hood, accompanied by that low electric whine that always reminds me of the landspeeder in Star Wars. That push-and-shove makes quick and satisfying work of city traffic and big-box parking lots alike.
Sure, most hybrids share this kind of instant electric thrust, and the Volt's got plenty of it. But there's just something about the way this new Prius drives. It's got its act together. If I had to choose, I'd take the Prius over the Volt and keep the difference in my pocket.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 4,592 miles