2017 Toyota Prius Prime vs. 2017 Chevrolet Volt: Plug-In Hybrid Video Test

They’re two high-volume plug-in hybrids, but they take different approaches to energy efficiency.

The Toyota Prius Prime, new for 2017, is the plug-in version of the world’s best-known, and best-selling, hybrid car. The 2017 Chevy Volt was new last year, a greatly improved version of the pioneering range-extended electric car.

They’re now going head to head in the expanding market for cars with plugs, but how do they match up?

Both cars are compact five-door hatchbacks with designs that work hard to be highly aerodynamic. But the executions differ a lot. The Prius Prime is the newer of the two. Most onlookers think it’s a visual improvement on the regular Prius hybrid that spawned it.

The plug-in Prius has a new and more aggressive front end, horizontal taillights—rather than the bizarre vertical shapes of the base Prius—and a large tablet-style touchscreen display inside most models.