oliviajayden wrote:I really don't like how gas prices are changing every couple months from $3.50 to $4.50. Anyways, I'm asking which is more reliable? I do short drives, 15 miles total a day and I NEED to drive it everyday or else I'm f***ed. I've heard that the Volt has oil leaks with its on-board gasoline engine at around 5,000 miles.
The Volt looks amazing but the Leaf looks OK, which one should I get?
I already got a Prius, and im looking for something even more efficient.
I have a Leaf and a Volt both 2018 models and I really like both of them. In some ways, they are different tools for different jobs.
My commute is 36 miles round trip in the Volt so during the week I never have to use the range extender. I just charge it up when I get home and it's ready to go the next day. About once a month it seems like I always have to take a longer trip for work and so I use the range extender.
My wife mostly drives around town and only has to charge the Leaf once every couple of days. In fact, her driving habits sound a lot like yours.
If we go out of town, we'll usually take the Volt since charging is pretty sparse where we are going.
If we have stuff to haul or a home depot run we take our SUV. The nice thing about the other cars is that the SUV doesn't get used that much anymore.
The Leaf is a great car and sounds like it's a excellent fit for your driving needs, especially if you have a Prius you can use for longer trips.
The Volt would fit the bill too with the option of having the range extender for the occasional long trip where you don't want to be bothered or can't get access to charging. The tradeoff to me of having the flexibility of the range extender is the somewhat added complexity and the maintenance for it. The Leaf is more straighforward to maintain.
My experience with both vehicles so far is they are both very reliable. My Volt does not leak oil and I'm hard pressed to find fault with it
My wife loves her Leaf and I really enjoy driving it as well. It's such a happy little car and it's so relaxing to drive!