2015 Chevrolet Volt vs. 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid
Are you searching to upgrade your miles per gallon this year? If you’re hoping to cut the gas bill on your commute here in Chicagoland, then you’ll probably consider both the 2015 Chevy Volt and the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid. These two high-tech hybrid electric vehicles provide super efficient transportation. So which one is the better value, and which one gives you more for the money? Why not read on and find out below.
Powertrain, Fuel, and Efficiency
There’s a fundamental difference between the Volt and the C-Max Hybrid. The Volt is a range-extended electric vehicle, with a gas engine that recharges the battery. The C-Max Hybrid is a hybrid electric vehicle that uses a gas engine and an electric motor in tandem.
What does that mean to you? The Volt can run for up to 38 miles on electric power alone, while the C-Max Hybrid cannot run on only electric power. On many trips, that means you might not even use any gas with the Volt, while you’ll always be burning gas with the C-Max Hybrid. If you do primarily short trips, and recharge your Volt at home or at the office, you might never burn any gas!
When you do decide to travel outside of the Volt’s all electric range, you’ll find that it does have an impressive EPA rating of 37 mpg city/37 mpg highway. The C-Max Hybrid offers a slightly higher city estimate at 42 mpg city/37 mpg highway, but the Volt more than makes up for that difference with its all-electric range.
Warranty and Maintenance
We know that some of our customers are worried about the durability of sophisticated hybrid powertrains, and that concern might have been valid ten years ago, but today’s cars are as reliable as any gas counterpart. Plus, both of these vehicles will give you 36-months/36,000-miles of bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage. And if it’s powertrain coverage you’re concerned about, Ford gives you 60-months/60,000-miles of powertrain coverage. That might be enough, but in case you drive a lot, Chevy offers more coverage with 60-months/100,000-miles of powertrain coverage.
Chevrolet also provides two years of free maintenance services—so you really should factor that into the bill when you consider total cost of ownership. Ford doesn’t give you any standard maintenance coverage.
Visit Mike Anderson Chevrolet of Chicago
You can find the current 2015 Chevy Volt here in stock at Mike Anderson Chevrolet of Chicago. We’re happy to show you the high-tech, efficient Volt here at our dealership at 5333 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL today!