Over the past decade or so, hybrid and electric vehicles have started to take to the road in record numbers. Vehicle manufacturers have made these vehicles a priority especially over the past several years, as concerns about rising fuel prices, climate change, and fuel economy have all become of chief concern to many drivers. There are a couple models in particular that have taken the lead in the EV and hybrid vehicle battle — those being the Toyota (NYSE:TM) Prius and more recently, the Chevrolet (NYSE:GM) Volt.
The Prius has been a success for Toyota since its introduction to the United States in the early 2000s. Before the Prius was on sale, it was rare to see hybrid or electric vehicles cruising the roads of an American city, but now it is a common occurrence. The Prius paved the way for other vehicle makers to try its hand at mass-produced hybrids, which led to Chevrolet announcing its own model, the Volt. Having only been available for a few years, the Volt has quickly gained popularity, and is currently rated the one of the most fuel-efficient cars available.
When stacked against each other, the two models really shine. We took five categories to match the Prius Plug-in variation and the Chevrolet Volt up head-to-head. While we do not declare a clear-cut winner (since we have not been afforded the opportunity to slide behind the wheel of either), our comparison does bring out the strengths and flaws of each vehicle.
Read on for the head-to-head comparison between the Prius Plug-in and the Chevy Volt.