A plug-in hybrid vehicle, the 2013 Chevrolet Volt is equipped with a EV Hold drive mode that enables a switch between electric and extended range modes. The Volt is powered by a combination of a 115kW electric motor, 16kWh lithium-ion battery and 1.4-liter gasoline engine producing 149 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Fuel mileage is an impressive 101 mpg city and 93 mpg highway, and a full charge yields 40 miles. Features include a rearview camera, push button start, OnStar Remote Link, standard USB port, turbo-by-turn navigation system, premium sound system, automatic climate control, and hands-free phone capabilities. Safety is comprised of advanced airbags, stability control system, traction control system (TCS), forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and automatic crash response. The Volt is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The Volt sees a few changes for 2013. Most notably, it features larger batteries, which Chevy claims will up the all-electric range from 35 to 38 miles. The effective miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) has increased as well, up from 94 to 98. Also a new optional rear seat armrest, as well as two new exterior colors are available--Pebble Beige and Silver Topaz Metallic. A new "EV Hold Mode" allows the Volt to store energy from the gasoline engine for later battery use at the driver's discretion, when battery usage is best optimized, such as city driving.
The latest in plug-in hybrid technology provides extreme fuel economy with few compromises in performance or features.
The Chevy Volt is the first mass-produced, purpose-built, plug-in hybrid from a major manufacturer. The Volt is an electric car, so its batteries can be charged when it is plugged into an outlet, but the Volt also carries a small gasoline-powered engine on board to charge the batteries, should a longer range be required. The Volt was intended to include all the modern safety and convenience features expected from a 4-seat hatchback, and as a result, the MSRP of the Volt seems steep at $39,995. However, some estimates have placed the cost-per-mile at only two cents. Volt buyers may be able to take advantage of federal and state tax credits as well, making this revolutionary car more affordable than its base price suggests.