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TEST DRIVE: The Chevy Volt vs. The Plug-in Prius
We were surprised how much more upmarket the Volt felt compared to the plug-in Prius. We have to mention that the vehicle we were driving was not a final production model, so some features and trim might not be the final versions, but there was a clear difference in the level of amenities each car provided. The Volt had two full-color animated video screens, while the Prius had single-color digital displays on the dash. Plus the Volt was quieter in the cabin and had a smoother ride. However, the cars are quite similar. The Volt copies the Prius’s rear flat-bottom hatch, its bucket rear seats, contoured roof, and aerodynamic shape. The Prius has been rocking these features for nearly a decade already. And you have to remember that although these cars have similar technology under the hood, the Prius is half the price of the most expensive Volt. Those nice touches in the Volt may be worth sacrificing if you want to get into a plug-in hybrid at an affordable price.
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