I'm in the market for buying a new car and I am torn between the 2016 Fusion Energi and the 2016 Chevy Volt. So I took some time and read a little bit about both vehicles and listed some items that are important to me (but might not be important to others). The summary table is listed below at the request of a person on this forum and I attached my spreadsheet that details each vehicle (I probabbly have some errors so let me know if I messed up or missed something important).
My goal is to buy new in the next 2-3 months because it’s been 10 years and I deserve a new technologically advanced car. My budget is $25K and these two vehicles seem to fit my needs. Though I know the Fusion is mid-sized and the Volt is closer to compact. The Fusion has tons of reviews saying it has a very comfortable driving experience and the Volt is expected to have a good/adequate driving experience but the back seat comfort easily goes to the Fusion.
My needs will be 90% commuter and 10% family (4) vehicle including 2 tweens. I have a relatively flat 25 mile commute one-way and my employer will have a free L2 charging station in August. The Volt could get me a free round trip every day with my only costs would go to maintaining the vehicle (except a few charges at home for local shopping, etc. The Fusion I estimate would cost me about $50/month in commuting gas due to the limited EV range (at least for me). Also, I own solar panels and so I could charge a Fusion at home for about $1 per charge.
Currently, I'm leaning toward the 2016 Volt over the Fusion due to my expected commuter cost savings of $600/yr BUT I figured a loaded, very comfy Fusion SE (little cheaper) or Titanium (~same price) might help me look the other way regarding the extra cost. Another factor, I have 2 kids that will be hopefully heading to college in 4-6 years so that extra money that I save with the Volt that could help them.
I’ve decided that I will test drive both before making a decision. I have a no commitment pre-ordered Volt at a local Chevy expected to arrive in Oct but they told me if I don't want it they could sell it in a heart beat. If the new Volt is comfortable and good driving experience then I will progably get one but if the driving comfort and experience is very differenct and is like night and day then I’ll just have to go with the Fusion (the kids can do community college =). Currently, I have a pros and cons list (see attached) comparing a 2016 Volt (LT) and Fusion Energi. It's an apples and organges comparison because the Fusion is mid-sized and the Volt is not but like I said earlier it will be mostly a commuter and the comparisons are items important to me. I've also attached a spreadsheet (pdf.file cause the forum would allow an excel attachment) showing dimensions, features, etc for people to modify/correct for their own needs because I probably didn't get it all right but I should be close.
Did I miss something? Any thoughts?
Edited by geohec, 02 August 2015 - 05:38 AM.