Plus, the first Tor node that you connect to can see your real IP address. A VPN isnt a requirement to use Tor, but it helps a lot. It encrypts your whole traffic, masking it from the ISP. In short, its much safer to use Tor with a VPN.
Absolutely yes. Even using TOR alone is enough to protect your privacy by hiding or actually masking your IP address with one from the server. A VPN and the TOR Browser work almost in the same way.
To put it simply, Tor is best for those transmitting sensitive information. A VPN is usually a more effective solution for everyday use as it strikes a great balance between connection speed, convenience, and privacy.