Unlike other competing hybrid cars, the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid can milk 38 juicy miles out of a single charge on the battery before the gasoline-powered engine kicks in, increasing the total range to 300 miles. For those who are driving shorter distances, a simple plug-in while you are in between destinations can mean that it’s possible to drive for a very long time without ever using up a drop of fuel. This car comes standard with 17” alloy wheels, bright LED headlights, keyless entry and ignition, 7” touchscreen display with OnStar and Bluetooth connectivity, and the popular MyLink system with voice command. The car also features a six-speaker surround sound system as well as USB/iPod inputs. The upgradable Premium Trim package adds leather seating, auto-dimming rearview mirrors and a few other niceties, like a backup camera and collision sensor system, as well as a Bose premium sound system. Built for reliability and commuting, and not necessarily speed, the Volt’s electric engine makes 149 horsepower (at about 111 kilowatts) with 273 pound-feet of torque and 38 miles to each charge. Few other hybrid plug-ins drive this long on a single charge. The limited 3-year/50,000 mile warranty ought to be upgraded to safeguard your investment.Read more Read less
The Volt remains essentially unchanged for 2015.
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, "extended-range electric" vehicle 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 designed to give buyers an incredibly efficient and low-emission vehicle without sacrificing any of the modern safety and convenience features expected from a 4-seat hatchback. As such, it is a great value considering how well the Volt delivers on this promise. In addition, Volt buyers are offered many federal and state tax credits as well, making this revolutionary car even more affordable than its base price suggests.