INTRO: Coming off an introductory year filled with accolades, the mid-size Chevrolet Volt carries its innovative gas/electric design into 2012 with few changes.
FEATURES: The 4-seat hatchback improves its uncompromised experience with Bluetooth streaming audio and passive entry for all doors and liftgate. With a full tank of gas topping off at just over nine gallons, the Volt can travel 379 miles utilizing a gas engine to charge its batteries.
PERFORMANCE: A 149 horsepower electric motor provides instant torque to the Volts front wheels through a single speed automatic transmission, while an 80 horsepower 1.4-liter inline 4-cylinder gas engine is used to recharge its Lithium-ion batteries.
FUEL ECONOMY: When using the gas-powered generator, EPA fuel economy estimates are 35 miles per gallon city and 40 miles per gallon highway. Battery-only driving attains an equivalent of 93 miles per gallon based on fuel costs $3.60 per gallon and electricity costs 4 cents per mile.
PRICING/WARRANTY: Base MSRP for the 2012 Chevrolet Volt is $39,995. The Volt is backed by a 5-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The battery pack is covered for 8-years or 100,000 miles.
CLOSING: A true pioneer on the alternative fuel vehicle frontier, the 2012 Chevrolet Volt employs cutting edge technology to deliver economy, performance and convenience.