GRA wrote:In April, the Prime's U.S. sales passed the Volt for the first time, 1,819 to 1,807. I expect the Prime's lead to widen for the rest of the year, and that it will probably rank #1 for the year among PHEVs and maybe all PEVs. Low price will win out, unless the Ionic PHEV comes in not too much more expensive.
The sad part is the volt in reality is usually cheaper out the door and a lot more car than the prime,
The Prime has a small handful of gimmicks but doesn't handle or drive like a Volt.
if I had to guess the Ioniq will be less than the Prime but won't outsell the name Toyo.
Hyundai has a lot to prove given is relatively recent history
I wouldn't call a heatpump
heater a gimmick, in my neck of the woods it's almost a necessity for decent winter(5 months of the year
) EV range. I also wouldn't call 50+ MPG on ICE a gimmick.
My biggest complaint about the Volt is it's extremely tight quarters, front, rear and middle, tight!
As a owner of a 10 year old Prius(non PHEV) and 13 year old Scion I can also attest to Toyota's quality, I've basically had to do nothing other than oil changes and brake jobs on both, friends with Fords or Chevys(not a Volt though) much newer than my Toyotas have far more issues than I.
Truthfully I wanted the Volt to work, gave it several good tries but even dismissing any potential quality issues it just wasn't the vehicle for me, not that I don't dislike several things about our Prius, more than my Leaf, just neither did I have as many issues with as the several Volts I tried out.