Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Toyota Prius VS 2018 Audi A3 Near New Bern, NC

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2018 Toyota Prius

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2018 Toyota Prius

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2018 Audi A3

Safety Comparison

The Prius has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The A3 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Prius Four/Four Touring offers an optional backup collision prevention system which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The A3 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Prius’ driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The A3 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Prius Four/Four Touring offers optional Safety Connect™, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The A3 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Prius and the A3 Sportback e-tron have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Prius the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A3 Sportback e-tron has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Prius 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A3 Sportback e-tron. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the A3 Sportback e-tron ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Prius for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the A3 Sportback e-tron.

There are over 4 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Prius’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Prius’ engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The A3 Sportback e-tron’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the A3 Sportback e-tron’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 13th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Audi is ranked fourth.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Prius gets better fuel mileage than the A3 Sportback e-tron running its gasoline engine (54 city/50 hwy vs. 34 city/39 hwy). The Prius Eco gets better fuel mileage than the A3 Sportback e-tron running its gasoline engine (58 city/53 hwy vs. 34 city/39 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Prius uses regular unleaded gasoline. The A3 Sportback e-tron requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Prius’ wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the A3 Sportback e-tron (106.3 inches vs. 103.5 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Prius’ turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the A3 Sportback e-tron’s (33.5 feet vs. 35.8 feet). The Prius Touring’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the A3 Sportback e-tron’s (35.4 feet vs. 35.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Toyota Prius may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 600 pounds less than the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron.

The design of the Toyota Prius amounts to more than styling. The Prius has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .24 Cd. That is significantly lower than the A3 Sportback e-tron (.32) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Prius get better fuel mileage.

The front grille of the Prius uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The A3 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Prius has .7 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the A3 Sportback e-tron.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Prius has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the A3 Sportback e-tron with its rear seat up (24.6 vs. 13.6 cubic feet). The Prius has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the A3 Sportback e-tron with its rear seat folded (66 vs. 43.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Prius Three/Four offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The A3 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Prius Four/Four Touring’s optional Intelligent Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The A3 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Prius owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Prius will cost $2170 to $5985 less than the A3 Sportback e-tron over a five-year period.

The Prius will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Prius will retain 42.9% to 43.33% of its original price after five years, while the A3 Sportback e-tron only retains 40.99% to 41.54%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Prius will be $18230 to $23726 less than for the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron.

Recommendations Comparison

The Toyota Prius has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

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Consumer Reports® Recommends

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Car Book “Best Bet”

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