Little things can make a big difference. When driving a car almost every day the details become important.

If looking for a fuel efficient car that does not have a range limitation, the popular choices are Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius.

We drove both to compare.

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Sun Visor

Volt wins. The 2015 Volt sun visor can be extended out to block the sun. The 2012 Prius sun visor does net extend.

2015 Chevrole Volt interior. View towards front from back
2015 Chevrole Volt interior. View towards front from back

 

2012 Toyota Prius interior front from back
2012 Toyota Prius interior. View toward front from back

Steering Wheel

Prius wins. The 2012 Prius has a space at the bottom of the steering wheel where you can place your hand to reduce strain on longer trips. The 2015 Volt has no place for your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel.

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Comparison of steering wheel

Cruise Controls

Volt wins. The 2015 Volt has an easy to use cruise control that can be adjusted with your left thumb. The 2012 Prius has the cruise control on a stick on the right of the steering wheel column. With long legs the Prius cruise control is not comfortable. Also, for right handed people who use a computer mouse a lot, having to use the right hand even more with a right hand cruise control is not good due to over fatigue.

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2012 Toyota Prius steering wheel

 

2015 Chevrole Volt Steering Wheel
2015 Chevrolet Prius steering wheel and gear lever

Back Seat

Prius wins. The 2012 Prius has more legroom in the back and the center seat exists. The 2015 and older Volts do not have a center seat in the back. The 2016 Volts do have a center seat in the back, but your legs would need to go left and right of the center column.

2012 Toyota Prius Rear Seat
2012 Toyota Prius rear seat. The center seat exists
2015 Chevrolet Volt Rear Seat
2015 Chevrolet Volt rear seat

Quietness

Volt wins. The Volt has better sound insulation and there is no combustion engine noise for 40 to 50 miles when fully charged. The Prius has less sound insulation and frequent combustion engine noise.

Comfort

Prius wins. Both the Volt and Prius have comfortable seats. However the Prius has a handle above the driver and front passenger’s head at the ceiling. This makes a good place to rest your hand to get it out of the sunlight. The handle is also good for reducing fatigue. It allows one to change their arm position.

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