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I'm a new forum member and new owner of a 2017 Kinetic blue LT. I'm loving the Volt!!

Previously I had a GenIII Prius. I appreciated the amazing storage/hauling utility and the MPG efficiency for its time. I hated pretty much every thing else about it. Driving it was miserable. It had numb steering, wobbly handling, terrible acceleration, uncomfortable seats, bad freeway wind drift, horrible ABS issues, and a loud cabin. I honestly can't believe I kept it for 7 years, but I'm (sort of) practical.

I've been watching the new Volt for more then a year and finally went to drive a new Volt to see if it was actually that much better.

The Volt blew me away - so much faster, better handling, actually fun to drive, and much quieter. However, I held back and thought I'd wait some more to see if incentives improved so I left the dealer. As was driving home in my Prius I realized I couldn't drive it anymore knowing how much better the Volt was on the road. So I turned around and bought it on the spot.

Electric is amazing. I've used .5 gals of gas so far in a month.

The Volt is actually pretty perfect for me - my only issues are the high rear hatch lip and the limited back seat space/headroom.

Does anyone have Prius remorse? I certainly don't!
 

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Welcome to the club. The Volt is awesome for what it is. Enjoy the new ride. Feel free to ask questions, but most can actually be answered by the owners manual. I personally suggest downloading the owner's manual to your phone that way you always have it and don't have to keep it in the glove box.
 

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For me, the Volt proves that driving every day on electricity is fun, affordable, and doesn't have to include range anxiety.
 

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The Volt blew me away - so much faster, better handling, actually fun to drive, and much quieter. However, I held back and thought I'd wait some more to see if incentives improved so I left the dealer. As was driving home in my Prius I realized I couldn't drive it anymore knowing how much better the Volt was on the road. So I turned around and bought it on the spot.
GM should skip the stupid "focus group" commercials and just put testimonials like this up.
 

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We have both, a Gen III prius, 2010 model, and a 2016 Volt. The Volt is my wife's daily driver and the Prius mine. The Volt is great for my wife as her 32 mile round trip to her business is done daily without ever using any gasoline. We use the Volt take a couple of trips or so a month to the Portland Oregon area to shop, about 170 mile round trip. Not much difference in total cost for the trip compared to using the Prius with 50 mpg or so or the Volt with 48 mpg on the gas engine, and 45-50 miles of electric used as well. The trip to Portland, via highway 26, consist of sea level to 1642 feet with 3 grade / passes on the way there and of course the 3 on the way back. Less mpg for the Volt and the Prius, or for any vehicle for that matter compared to straight and level.

Infact our last trip to Ocean Park Washington using the Volt, about 90 mile round trip, it was less money to use the Volt even when considering the $1.80 cost for the charging, 16 KWH. 65.2 miles on electric, and over 58 mpg on gas. The Prius would have only obtained, based on the same type of drive, 55 mpg or so. This is mainly flat and level driving.
 

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I'm still driving a Prius C. I actually like the car a lot - it's the right size and form factor for me, and although it's certainly not as powerful as a lot of other cars it's more than adequate for my driving style. My biggest beef with it is that the [email protected] engine always comes on. That's not really a fault of the car, but for me the Prius C is like a gateway drug to EVs - you get just a little taste of that EV capability before it's snatched away by the gas engine.

I had planned to buy a Gen 2 Volt, but when I actually got to try one out I was sorely disappointed by the rear seat and rear visibility. It's a larger car than my Prius C with worse passenger space, a combination I just couldn't stomach.

So now I'm waiting for the Bolt EV to arrive here in Vancouver Canada.
 

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By almost any measure, hanging onto my 2007 Prius would have been more convenient, better cabin heating, greater passenger capacity, superior cargo space, and less hassle due to taking a battery pack at a remote charging station that wastes about twenty minutes every night plus shoveling-out the charging station which has been a few more hours during the winter. Now that I have paid-off the loan, the 2013 Volt saves me about $1.00 per day and lifetime cost will drop over time. I am convinced that a replacement with a used Prius Prime or Generation II Volt are equals since my daily commute is only 18 miles.
 

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...the Prius C is like a gateway drug to EVs - you get just a little taste of that EV capability before it's snatched away by the gas engine.
I think most any hybrid would be. I lease a 15 Optima EX Hybrid and I am hooked on EVs now. A Volt will be mine before the year end. The EV range and very low lease cost in my area make it a no brainer.

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Welcome to the family, I hope you have a Level II EVSE installed in your garage. Having this allows me to drive 50 to 100 miles in a single day running all my errands.

Also suggest you join VoltStats.net. This will allow to gather and compare real world stats on the Volt's capabilities/performance. As a start you can search for my 2017 Von Zipper and see what kind of stats they collect and how your car compares to thousands of other owners. The more truth we can gather and provide the better.
 

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Duek has 2 premiers in stock according to their web site.
Every time I talk to them and other dealers they tell me that their entire allocation is spoken for, there's a waiting list, they don't expect any additional allocations and that I'll probably have to wait until 2018...
 

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I just got in a head on collision in my 2008 Prius. Totaled. Prius was very dependable, practical roomy and payed for. Got a constant 42mpg.
But it rode like a tin can with 4 wheels. Worst driving and riding car I ever had.
When I drove the Volt what sold me was the power, handling and the smooth quiet ride. Visability sucks. Oh well.
I just hope it is as dependable and reliable as the Prius. Time will tell
 

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I'm a new forum member and new owner of a 2017 Kinetic blue LT. I'm loving the Volt!!
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Does anyone have Prius remorse? I certainly don't!
I had a 2013 Lexus CT200h, which is a slightly more sporty version of the Prius, and 27 months was all I could take of its pokiness. I had it all planned so that I could get a small Tesla, but the promised Supercharger station never showed up, and the Model E, became the Model 3, and as more time passed, I realized I should get the Volt and stop waiting for broken promises. I'm very happy with the '16 Volt and would consider adding a Bolt in a year or so, but the more I wait, the more EV options there'll be.
 

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I drove a 2013 Prius V for a short while. I loved the efficiency and technology it had, but I know what you mean when it comes to ride experience. The jittery acceleration and road/wind noise was what really bothered me. I can't imagine going back to that from the Volt. I do miss the storage space though, but that's what my wife's CR-V is for.
 

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This would be the commercial I would make if there were such a thing as Volt commercials. This seems like a common experience.

I loved my Prius when I got it (in 2006). It was really high tech back then. And there are still use cases when it would be more efficient, like on long trips. But I also test drove a Volt and decided I was done with driving my Prius. The Volt is way more fun. For me, it also fits my commute. I am 85% electric. The fact that I am not range limited and have driven back to see my folks is awesome. It's a great car.

My wife was jealous. Now she has one too.
 

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When the wife's 2008 Prius was totalled, we needed a replacement. She was considering a new Prius but I talked her into test driving a Volt. She was very impressed by the power and handling/ride and commented that it felt like driving a luxury car. We ended up buying a new 2015 Volt and have never regretted that decision. The Prius had the edge in back seat room and cargo space, but the Volt's power and ride quality more than compensated. Thus far, the Volt has proven to be as reliable as the Prius.
 

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I'm a new forum member and new owner of a 2017 Kinetic blue LT. I'm loving the Volt!!

Previously I had a GenIII Prius. I appreciated the amazing storage/hauling utility and the MPG efficiency for its time. I hated pretty much every thing else about it. Driving it was miserable. It had numb steering, wobbly handling, terrible acceleration, uncomfortable seats, bad freeway wind drift, horrible ABS issues, and a loud cabin. I honestly can't believe I kept it for 7 years, but I'm (sort of) practical.

I've been watching the new Volt for more then a year and finally went to drive a new Volt to see if it was actually that much better.

The Volt blew me away - so much faster, better handling, actually fun to drive, and much quieter. However, I held back and thought I'd wait some more to see if incentives improved so I left the dealer. As was driving home in my Prius I realized I couldn't drive it anymore knowing how much better the Volt was on the road. So I turned around and bought it on the spot.

Electric is amazing. I've used .5 gals of gas so far in a month.

The Volt is actually pretty perfect for me - my only issues are the high rear hatch lip and the limited back seat space/headroom.

Does anyone have Prius remorse? I certainly don't!
I have a 2017 volt and I couldn't be happier with it. But that said, with your experience with a Prius, why didn't you look at the prime?

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I have a 2017 volt and I couldn't be happier with it. But that said, with your experience with a Prius, why didn't you look at the prime?
That's a good question - two main reasons:

1) the Gen4 Prius is IMHO the most ugly car currently in production (e.g. post Pontiac Aztek).

2) Also several Prime vs Volt magazine comparisons had the Volt as the winner.

I wouldn't buy an ugly car just for its MPG. Too much of a car guy. I use my ecologically smart car for errands, commuting, and road trips. Then I have a fun car for ripping around twisty roads for a few miles a month. The GenIII Prius was actually decent looking with the right color/wheels for the utility it offered and it was a technological leap forward at the time. The Volt is the next leap whereas the Prime felt like just a small evolution. Also the Volt with incentives was nearly the same price as a Prime in my area.
 
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