Power Usage & Mileage
Yamaha and E-Z-GO both have golf carts that run on gasoline or electricity; however, the Yamaha carts use less energy.
Yamaha's "The Drive" electric cart uses approximately 2,600 DC watt-hours per every three rounds of golf. This is about 10 percent less energy than the E-Z-GO TXT DSC which uses approximately 2,900 DC watt-hours over the same 54 holes.
When it comes to gas-powered golf carts, the Yamaha cart averages 38 percent more mileage per gallon than the E-Z-GO cart. Yamaha's "The Drive" averages more than 28 miles per gallon. E-Z-GO's "Freedom TXT" averages just less than 22 miles per gallon.
Yamaha golf carts have no filter, whereas E-Z-GO carts have oil pumps and filters included in them. Yamaha uses a splash-style lubrication system. This system makes a fuel pump unnecessary. If you are hoping to save money on maintenance, the Yamaha golf cart might be more cost-efficient because there is no need to maintain fuel pumps or replace filters.
Yamaha uses coil-over-shock struts to maximize comfort and minimize the amount of bounce you feel as you drive over the golf course. E-Z-GO golf carts use coil over spring shocks, which makes for a smooth, comfortable ride.
Yamaha key switches are made of Teflon and protected with rubber to help keep out moisture. E-Z-GO golf carts feature metal switches, which can be prone to rusting if they get wet a lot.
While both E-Z-GO and Yamaha make durable carts, it is worth noting that eventually golfers will need to get a replacement part. Due to E-Z-GO's popularity, it is generally easier and cheaper to find replacement parts for their carts. However, that gap is continuing to narrow as Yamaha expands production with their increasing popularity.