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I just bought a 2013 chevy volt after having a Prius for a couple years.

My question is i plan on taking a long road trip across country with around 3-4k miles total. I wont be able to charge much so without electric i will be getting around 40 mpg.

Now this is great but considering i was getting around 40 mpg with my prius on regular gas it seems the trip will cost me more now that im using premium gas @40mpg on the Volt.

Would i be better off taking the prius then my volt since ill be taking turns driving with my fiance all the way there with no real time to charge up. Or can i stretch the eletric mode by using hold the whole time?

I love the volt so far my normal daily driving is less then 50 miles so i rarely have used gas but for the highway i was wondering what your alls thoughts was.

thanks!
 

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I drive my 2012 from Toronto to Tampa Florida a couple of times a year. I don't have the option of HOLD, but use Mountain Mode and get 40 m.p.g or better on the trip. Every time. I don't bother plugging in while travelling (the whole point of having a Volt) and just enjoy the ride. It is a very comfortable cruiser. If I was choosing, I would ask, what is the most comfortable car for you?
 

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I believe the biggest reason for requiring premium fuel is for the shelf life vs regular gas.. on a road trip or like myself having to fill the tank ever couple weeks i would not hesitate to use regular unleaded..
Of course its just my opinion and practice..
 

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I believe the biggest reason for requiring premium fuel is for the shelf life vs regular gas.. on a road trip or like myself having to fill the tank ever couple weeks i would not hesitate to use regular unleaded..
Of course its just my opinion and practice..
 

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Sure, you can probably save a few $ by driving the prius. If that's of primary importance to you, then do so. You're going to be spending a pile of $$ anyway though, so is a few dollars either way going to make enough of a difference to you to sway your choice? Or would you be more comfortable in the volt? It's your choice. Having done road trips in both, I think I'd slightly prefer the volt, although they're both excellent road trip cars.
 

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The difference is like $40.
I third the question - which is the most comfortable extended duration?
If it's the volt, my comfort is worth the $40 for sure.
If it's the prius, then you already have your answer.
 

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We have a 2010 Prius and a 2013 Volt in our family. Starting with a full battery in Asheville, a round-trip to Chicago, with no charging during the trip, the Volt got 41 mpg. Yes, the Prius would have been a little cheaper, in terms of gasoline cost. But we always take the Volt when we go on road trips, because it is a much more comfortable car than the Prius. And quieter. And more powerful. Perhaps even safer, particularly on snow or ice, due to its greater weight and lower center of gravity.
 

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Whats going on guys first post.

I just bought a 2013 chevy volt after having a Prius for a couple years.

My question is i plan on taking a long road trip across country with around 3-4k miles total. I wont be able to charge much so without electric i will be getting around 40 mpg.

Now this is great but considering i was getting around 40 mpg with my prius on regular gas it seems the trip will cost me more now that im using premium gas @40mpg on the Volt.

Would i be better off taking the prius then my volt since ill be taking turns driving with my fiance all the way there with no real time to charge up. Or can i stretch the eletric mode by using hold the whole time?

I love the volt so far my normal daily driving is less then 50 miles so i rarely have used gas but for the highway i was wondering what your alls thoughts was.

thanks!
Before my Gen2 Volt, I had a Lexus CT200h, which has a Prius drivetrain but in sport mode. The Lexus was rated 43/40, and I actually got around 45/42, and I'd say my Volt on gas gets identical mileage on ICE. You have to weigh any tiny gas mileage difference against other considerations, comfort, driving sportiness, etc. The gas mileage is inconsequential.
 

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Whats going on guys first post.

I just bought a 2013 chevy volt after having a Prius for a couple years.

My question is i plan on taking a long road trip across country with around 3-4k miles total. I wont be able to charge much so without electric i will be getting around 40 mpg.

Now this is great but considering i was getting around 40 mpg with my prius on regular gas it seems the trip will cost me more now that im using premium gas @40mpg on the Volt.

Would i be better off taking the prius then my volt since ill be taking turns driving with my fiance all the way there with no real time to charge up. Or can i stretch the eletric mode by using hold the whole time?

I love the volt so far my normal daily driving is less then 50 miles so i rarely have used gas but for the highway i was wondering what your alls thoughts was.

thanks!
Which vehicle do you want to age by 4K miles?
 

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My vote is for rent a car. No wear on your car, no risk if there's an accident in the winter. Let your credit card pay for an accident ( primary rental coverage is great ).

Driving especially during the holidays is when all the idiots come out that don't drive any other times of the year, and they do it on snow and ice, with bald summer tires.
 

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I've driven both and the Volt is MUCH more comfortable on a long trip. Use Hold mode for stop and go traffic, otherwise just drive it and have fun.
 

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Although the EPA rates the Volt at 40 on the highway, most of us tend to see at least a couple extra MPGs. I typically see about 44 mpg in my '13 when taking a gas only drive. my longest trip in the Volt was about 1,000 miles and I saw an average of 47 mpg with no charging opportunities except the full battery at the start of my trip. I think you'll be pleased with the gas rating as most of us see more than the EPA estimate. I personally have only used premium fuel so I can't comment on what you may see using regular, but that's mainly because I only use 2-3 tanks on such a trip and the added cost for premium is usually minimal at a couple extra dollars/tank and I just don't see the point in going outside what the factory recommends just to save a buck or two.
 

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Assuming you are equally comfortable in either, I would put those miles on the Prius because long trips without charging opportunities are what that car does best. Then you are "saving" the Volt for local driving on electricity, which is what that car does best. But I agree with those who say it makes little real difference.
 
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