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Representing the immediate future of motoring, the 2013 Chevrolet Volt combines the benefits of an electric car with the freedom of a traditional gas car that eliminates range anxiety.

The Volt debuted a couple years ago along with the Nissan Leaf and the pair formed the first mass market electric vehicles to come to the United States. However, while the Leaf is a pure electric car, the Volt features both an electric motor and a traditional gas engine. The Volt’s electric motor pairs with a large lithium-ion battery to provide up to 38 miles of emissions free driving on a full charge. When the juice runs out, the gas engine kicks in, actually working as a generator to recharge the battery instead of driving the wheels. All told, the 2013 Volt has a range of 380 miles, more than four times that of the Leaf, and when the gas runs out you simply stop at a station and fill up.

From the outside the Volt has a futuristic appearance with its liberal use of shiny piano black trim under the windows and on top of the trunk. The gas tank is filled from a normal gas cap found on the rear passenger’s side, while the battery is charged via a port on the front driver’s side. 17-inch aluminum wheels, LED daytime running lights, and powered/heated side mirrors are standard.

Under the hood, the electric motor is powered by a 350-volt, 16-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and produces 149-horspeower and 273 pounds-feet of torque. The gasoline motor is a 1.4-liter four-cylinder that requires premium gasoline. Recharge times for the battery vary. Recharging the volt through a 120-volt household plug takes 10-12 hours, while with a 240-volt charging station (sold separately) it can be charged in only four hours. The Volt can also be scheduled to charge at off-peak hours which shaves money off the electric bill.

Inside, the Volt seats up to four passengers (the Volt’s T-shaped battery pack runs down the middle of the rear seat where a middle seat would go) and has 10.6 cubic feet of cargo volume. Styling is futuristic, with a large LCD where the instrument panel would normally be and touch-sensitive center console controls instead of knobs and buttons.  The Volt doesn’t skimp when it comes to standard features, offering automatic air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, Chevy’s MyLink multimedia system, and a USB/iPod port. Leather upholstery, a navigation system, heated front seats, and Bose premium speakers are optional.

When it comes to safety, the Volt performs admirably winning both a full five-star rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS for its performance in crash tests. Standard safety features include knee, side-impact, and side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, and OnStar.

The 2013 Chevrolet Volt serves as a bridge between the gas-only car and the electric car, offering the best of both worlds.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 101 MPG
  • Highway: 93 MPG

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Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries. Read an article on the current NHTSA crash test program.

Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: *****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

78 of 80 (97%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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