The oldest of the plug-in hybrids, the Volt came out in 2010. Chevy likes to call it a range-extender electric vehicle, because its electric motor drives the wheels most of the time, while the gasoline engine primarily charges the batteries. Under certain conditions at highway speeds, the gasoline engine contributes motive power to the wheels.
Gasoline engine: 84 horsepower 1.4-liter four-cylinder Electric motor: 111 kilowatt Battery pack: 16 kilowatt-hour Electric range: 38 miles Total range: 380 miles Fuel economy: 93 mpg equivalent, 37 mpg (gasoline)
- Overall score: 7.1 (3.5 stars)
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Starting at: $39,145.00
The good: The 2012 Chevrolet Volt features an extremely flexible power train, offering the best of electric efficiency and gasoline-powered range. Power delivery is smooth and effortless. A good array of standard cabin tech options and great-sounding premium audio are available.
The bad: The Volt's instrument cluster and dashboard are a cluttered mess. The brakes don't inspire confidence. The navigation system lacks advanced features.
The bottom line: Mileage has never varied more than it will between two 2012 Chevrolet Volt owners, but with regular charging, this part-time EV is capable of fantastic efficiency -- just don't look too hard at its dashboard.
August 14, 2013 4:27 PM PDT
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