The 2016 Toyota Prius vs. the 2016 Chevrolet Volt

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2016 Toyota Prius
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2016 Chevrolet Volt

Perfect for drivers in the Marina Del Rey, Culver City, and Beverly Hills area, the 2016 Toyota Prius continues the evolution of the pioneering and innovative Prius line. Balancing fuel economy, power, and comforts, the 2016 Prius an unbeatable driving experience, and it stands head and shoulders above other compact hybrid cars. It finds fierce competition in the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, but the Prius thrives on competition, and this head-to-head pairing will demonstrate just how impressive the 2016 Prius is.

How Does Each Car Handle?

Toyota Santa MonicaWith its 1.8L 4-cylinder 16-valve VVT-i engine, the 2016 Toyota Prius delivers a robust 121 horsepower and 105 lb-ft of torque. But it also comes with a permanent magnetic AC synchronous motor, which offers an additional 71 horsepower and 120 lb-ft of torque. This combination allows the Prius to achieve a maximum available 58 mpg* city. And with a low center of gravity and a narrow 106.3-inch wheelbase, the Prius handles heavy traffic or winding roads with energy and verve.

By comparison, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt delivers an impressive 149 horsepower. That makes it slightly more powerful than the Prius, but not enough for drivers to feel the difference. Further, that slight increase in power comes at the expense of fuel economy. With a maximum available 43 mpg* city, the Volt is significantly less efficient than the 2016 Prius. Unlike that minor difference in power, however, drivers will definitely notice that difference in economy. Featuring a higher center of gravity and a slightly wider wheelbase, the Volt won’t be able to handle curves quite as precisely as the Prius.

What Features Does Each Car Offer?

Toyota Santa MonicaYou also want a comfortable drive, so let’s take a look at what available features both vehicles come equipped with.

2016 Toyota Prius

  • SofTex-trimmed sports seats
  • Heated seats
  • Entune premium JBL audio with integrated navigation
  • Entune app suite
  • 7” high-resolution touchscreen
  • Integrated backup camera
  • Qi-compatable wireless smartphone charging

2016 Chevrolet Volt

  • Front bucket seats
  • Heated seats
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • MyChevrolet
  • 8” diagonal touchscreen

Which Vehicle is Right for You?

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is strong competition; there’s no doubt about that. It offers robust power and impressive fuel economy. Unfortunately, it doesn’t handle quite as well as the 2016 Toyota Prius, and while it does slightly edge out the Prius on raw power, it comes at the loss of fuel economy. The Volt lags behind the Prius in its suite of features as well, and in the end the Prius reigns supreme.

Learn More About the 2016 Toyota Prius Today

If you’re a driver in the Marina Del Rey, Culver City, or Beverly Hills area and you would like to learn more about the 2016 Toyota Prius or how it compares to the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, contact Toyota of Santa Monica online or call us at (424) 238-1869. If you’re in the area, stop into 801 Santa Monica Blvd in Santa Monica, CA for a test drive today!