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I'd like to know whether the battery of Prius can withstand the use up to 200K miles and/or more than 10 year old. Has anyone need to replace the batter?
I'd like to know how reliable Volt is, excluding the requirement to do the recall from GM. Has anyone needed to replace the batter?

Priorities: Fuel economy / Reliability & durability / Safety & braking

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan / Hatch

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Errands about town

Primary Driver(s): Tall driver

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 40000
Maximum age: 4 years

Maximum price: US $ 15000

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Response from mkaresh

8:06 pm July 27, 2016

We have hundreds of Prii in the survey. Some have needed partial or complete battery replacements once well over 100,000 miles. There's a good chance one will go 200k, but I would not count on this.

That said, often only one or two cells fail, and it is possible to replace individual cells pretty cheaply, especially if you do it yourself. In general I would not worry about the likelihood or cost of battery replacement in a Prius.

The Volts in the survey aren't old enough to tell how long their batteries will last. Their batteries are larger and much more expensive than those in a Prius, though.


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Response from LectroFuel

10:45 pm July 27, 2016

I have a 2005 Prius with 241,000 miles and bought it new. Nothing has ever broken on it except for the A/C, which was $300 (and some recalls that were fixed for free). The battery should last to at least 250,000 miles. I couldn't have been happier with the reliability of the 2005 Prius, so I got a 2016 Prius (wanted a car with more tech). Like mkaresh said, you can replace some of the cells yourself, which will take the cost down. Even if the battery fails early, it isn't as expensive as it used to be; probably $2,500. I love my 2005 and 2016 so much that I would spend that. I truly worry more about when the engine will explode because the engine revs really loudly. I've heard of a Prius with 650,000 miles on the first battery (used as a taxi).

I you're considering a used Prius, get one 2012 or newer because those have much improved MPG from the older ones. The good news is that all Prii are well equipped with bluetooth, apps, etc.

I wouldn't recommend a Volt due to the fact that it's made by GM. They don't have a lot of experience in making hybrid or plug-in batteries. Toyota has been in the business for almost 20 years.


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Response from Member3171

1:16 pm August 15, 2016

We have a 2014 model Volt. It hasn't had a single problem, is fun to drive (excellent torque), and gets terrific overall mileage.

My wife's commute is just over the typical electric range, so it switches over to hybrid mode from electric only mode most weekdays. Even so, we've received 71.4 mpge (181 mpg of gasoline). Only 83% of our miles have been electric only, because we've taken it on trips of up to 2,000 miles where it ran almost the whole way in hybrid mode at 70+ mph. Based on our electric rates and the amount of electricity we've used, I've done the math and found that driving it in electric mode is like paying 63 cents per gallon of gas in a car that gets 40 mpg.

There have been an extremely small number of complete battery replacements reported (zero due to loss of range), and the battery is covered by an 8-yr or 100,000 mile warranty. Occasionally you will hear of somebody who needs a battery interface circuit board replaced (about $300), but the Volt is designed to protect the battery in all situations and only uses about 80% of capacity so the battery is never actually completely discharged. They've been out in the wild now for five years and have surpassed 100,000 in sales. The drivetrain has proven to be so reliable and efficient that GM is now using modified versions of it in several other models, including the new Malibu Hybrid.

Finally, the ultimate test of whether buying a Volt is a smart decision: it is always at or near the top of owner satisfaction scores every year.


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Response from NormT

10:14 am July 20, 2017

The Volt has been proven to reliable for close to one half of a million miles.

2012 Volt passes 400,000 miles in 2017

If you stay close to home or plug in at work you can drive for free, not so with the Prius. At least with the Prius you get a free car wash with your recalls.

Prices for 2012 are very similar but driving them back-to-back is not. The Volt halves better, brakes better, and accelerates so much quicker than the Prius ever has.


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