2017 Chevrolet Volt vs. Toyota Prius Prime: What Model Reigns Supreme?

Jan 17, 2017 09:43 PM EST | Leian N.

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Two second-generation electric vehicles, the 2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier and 2017 Toyota Prius Prime went head to head in a stop-and-go drive in Los Angeles. One vehicle reigned supreme: the General Motors vehicle who's earned top-selling electric car title. In fact, it was considered to be the more cost-efficient than the opponent.

Mechanics. It was apparent that both models shared the same concept with respect to make and to model, energy efficiency, plug-in hybrid feature, and updates to its mileage. Given those similarities, both electric vehicles went out for the spin. What was looked at was how it could surpass L.A. traffic, how far each went for only one charge, and the overall design - both exteriors and interiors.

The Chevy. As was determined by the race, the 2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier was the champion. Firstly, the second-generation vehicle offered greater electric-only range and had improved powertrain. It had a larger 18.4 kW/h the battery that was 21lb. lighter than its previous make and model, and has a total of 40mi in mileage. It also has two motors which are able to generate 100lb. of torque. By the time the battery was at its lowest, the engine would switch the mode to gas usage. It could then run 101hp with its four-cylinder feature and maintain 149hp to a maximum. However, during the switching, the battery could still assist the gas engine to reach its maximum powertrain, reported MSN.

The Japanese EV. On the other hand, the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime performed poorly and looked below par compared to the 2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier. As reported by Car and Driver, the vehicle had similarly updated features with the Chevy but was poorly designed exterior-wise. It was referred as that kind of vehicle that looked gawky.

Although the Chevy looked generic, the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, detached from its touch switchgear, looked less-tech savvy. On top of which, the vehicle's value in the market was said to have a more expensive federal tax credit which undermined its efficiency especially when the Chevy had similar features.

With the results, the 2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier was considered to be far efficient compared to the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime. The largest difference between the two was the Chevy's better driving capacity, general design, and was labeled to be a more mature plug-in hybrid than the other.

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