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Federal Tax Credit Up To $7,500!

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt electric car qualifies for a federal tax credit of up to $7,500, effectively reducing the net base price from $41,000 to $33,500. Some states offer additional purchase incentives that can be combined with the federal credit. Other electric vehicle-related perks that vary by city or state include single-occupant access to carpool lanes, free metered parking and significantly reduced vehicle registration fees. Home charging stations, which cut charging times in half compared to standard wall outlets, are also eligible for attractive incentives. You can find more incentive information at fueleconomy.gov and pluginamerica.com.

2013 Chevrolet Volt

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2013 Chevrolet Volt Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.5

The 2013 Chevrolet Volt electric plug-in hybrid represents a unique twist on the hybrid-car theme. Unlike the Toyota Prius Hybrid, which uses its gasoline engine to power the car and the electric drive as a supplement, the Volt runs purely on electric current. Once its battery pack is depleted (after 25 to 50 miles), the Volt's gasoline engine kicks on to run a generator, powering the electric motors and helping recharge the batteries. This extends the Volt's range an additional 300 miles or more. With its cool and elegant styling, and even more cool and elegant interior, the 2013 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid not only makes a statement about your environmental consciousness, it also says something about your good taste and appreciation for style.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're worried a pure electric car won't be able to satisfy your distance requirements before needing to be recharged, the 2013 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid electric sedan is the answer: It carries a charging station around with it, in the form of its 1.4-liter gasoline engine.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Buying a 2013 Chevy Volt is an expensive proposition, even with the federal and state tax breaks. If you just want long range, good fuel economy and low emissions, a VW Golf TDI or Toyota Prius is cheaper.

What's New for 2013

The 2013 Chevrolet Volt gets a new Hold mode in its drive selection to conserve battery charge, and a new no-cost-option low-emissions package qualifies the Volt for single-occupancy HOV lanes in California and New York. New features include lane-departure and collision-warning systems, and GPS-enabled navigation.

Driving the Volt

Driving Impressions The 2013 Chevy Volt's electric motor delivers a big dose of torque right from the get-go, letting the car sprint away quickly from a standing start. The absence of engine...

noise is a bit disconcerting at first, and when it does kick in, the way the engine's revs don't track road speed can seem odd, but you'll soon get used to the quirks. We can't call the Volt's driving dynamics "spirited," but the Cruz-based platform works well. The electric power steering is quite well-weighted and responsive, though the regenerative braking feels a bit unnatural through the pedal. This year, the EPA raised its estimate of the Volt's electric-only range from 35 to 38 miles, but obviously, actual range varies hugely depending on circumstances. The new Hold mode is useful, for example, when driving on a freeway heading into the city, where you'll want the full electric charge available.

DELAYED START AND DEPARTURE TIME MODE
Using information supplied by your local electricity provider, you can program the Volt to start recharging its battery pack when rates are at their lowest. And if you tell it when you plan to leave in the morning, the car will automatically schedule the charging process to ensure it's ready.

VOLT SMARTPHONE APP
The OnStar MyLink app lets you check your Volt's battery level, tire pressure, available electric range, lock/unlock the doors and start the A/C system to pre-cool the interior, all from your smartphone. You can control charging rate and get a text or e-mail alert when the battery is "full."

2013 Chevrolet Volt Details
2013 Chevrolet Volt photo Interior

Taking a page from the Apple computer school of design, the 2013 Chevy Volt's interior is covered in bright white and dark accented plastics and touch-sensitive controls for the audio and climate-control functions. Two 7-inch LCD screens replace the traditional analog gauges, with one serving as the instrument cluster (speedometer, fuel and range gauges) and the other in the center stack displaying the electric motor/battery operation as well as the available navigation screen. The cool-looking touch-sensitive buttons are a little tricky to identify and operate. The rear seat takes only two occupants and their head- and legroom are snug.

Exterior
2013 Chevrolet Volt photo

With the goal of total operating efficiency, the Chevrolet Volt's design team crafted a body shape that could cheat the wind while delighting the eyes. Up front are a rounded nose, closed grille opening and steeply raked windshield. Sharp edges along the Volt's rear fenders help slice through the wind, as does the functional rear hatch spoiler. This is one of the most aerodynamic cars in GM's long and storied history. Even the Volt's wheels and tires are designed for maximum efficiency; the ultra-lightweight wheels (17.8 pounds) mount Goodyear Fuel Max low-rolling-resistance tires.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base 2013 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid comes with a more comprehensive feature set than just about any other Chevy on the market. It's also the recipient of all of Chevy's latest and greatest technology and features, including touch-sensitive climate, audio and drive controls, and an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty on its battery pack and associated electrics. Other standard features include air conditioning, keyless access, power mirror/locks/windows, 110-volt charge cord, color-touch AM/FM/CD radio and 17-inch wheels. Standard safety features include electronic traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes and eight airbags. You also get USB connectivity and five years of OnStar.

Optional Equipment

For 2013, most Chevy Volt options are grouped into a few packages, including Comfort (heated front seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel), Premium Trim (adds leather seat trim and a rear center armrest), and two Enhanced Safety packages, one including rear park assist and rearview camera and the other adding front park assist and the new lane-departure and collision-warning systems. Stand-alone options include an energy-saving Bose sound system (it's 40 percent lighter and uses 50 percent less energy than a conventional sound system), MyLink, and a navigation system with 30 GB hard-drive music storage and Sirius NavTraffic.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Chevrolet Volt's propulsion system consists of an electric drive unit that makes 149 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, a 16kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a 1.4-liter/84-horsepower 4-cylinder "range-extender." That engine takes over when battery charge is depleted – normally after 25-50 miles of driving – and generates on-the-fly electricity for another 300-340 miles. Recharging takes 10-16 hours using a standard 110V outlet or about four hours on a 240V dedicated unit. The Volt has four operating modes. Normal is the most efficient, Sport provides more direct accelerator response, Mountain helps the battery cope with extended steep grades and Hold runs only on the gas engine/generator, conserving battery charge for when it may be wanted (in town, for instance).

AC synchronous electric motor/generator
16kWh lithium-ion battery pack
1.4-liter inline-4 (drives generator only)
111kW/149 horsepower @ 4,800 rpm
273 lb-ft of torque @ 0-4,800 rpm
EPA projected full-charge range: 38 miles (all-electric), 344 miles (gasoline range-extender only)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 93 MPGe (all-electric, mpg equivalent), 37 mpg (on gasoline engine/generator)

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2013 Chevrolet Volt Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 212 Ratings for the 2011 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

This Car will go Way beyond your expectations

By on Sunday, January 31, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive. and simply an amazing car"

Cons: "Not much leg room in the back seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The only word that even comes close to describing a Volt is AMAZING. * No transmission to service or breakdown * No exhaust system or muffler * No timing chain or belt to worry about. I have a 2014 Volt with 20,400 miles + 0 to 30 in 3 seconds + It generates its own electricity + I'm averaging 205 Miles per gal. during the 20,000 miles. + I saved over $2,500 in gas my first year. + Only had to have one oil change in two years. + Plug in to save but you never need too if can't. (use gas if you want to or electricity if you want to) It is simply the Best car ever developed take the time to try to understand how it really works, You will be amazed."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

great in town car

By on Saturday, January 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "VERY EFFICIENT AND GREAT DRIVING CAR"

Cons: "More room and better visibility would be great"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"New owner so keep that in mind. So far love the car. Is a great around town car. I have purchased only 19 gallons in first 3800 miles so am at about 180 miles per gallon. (and the only reason is that we had multiple doctor appointments at the Mayo about 45 miles away. So drive home was on gas.) Features we like are the heated seats, and console between the two back seats. BACK UP CAMERA IS AWESOME This is great for us two. As 99% of our driving is under 40 miles a day so we are on battery virtually 100%. Car is quick and quiet. We average around 43 miles per charge due to favorable battery saving suburban driving (under 50mph). Also being in Phx. we seldom use any heating except for seat heaters. . Our efficiency driving rating is almost always over 95% and is 100% on climate efficiency.(due to minimal heater use) cars works for two - is not a family car. Family would need to have a second vehicle as only seats four. Cabin is small and seems cramped (cozy?). Relatively inexpensive electricity in Phoenix helps. We use 120 volt charging only. Would like the 220 volt but not worth the price for our situation. (Our son who has has a Leaf has the 220volt charger in his garage and is great but do not really need it. THE ONLY CONS I HAVE I KNEW ABOUT JUST BY DRIVING THE CAR. WE ARE WILLING TO SACRIFICE SPACE FOR THE ECONOMY AND DRIVING EXPERIENCE LAST COMMENT AS WE ARE RETIRED WE TYPICALLY LOOK FOR A CAR AROUND $25000 - WE WOULD HAVE NOT PURCHASED THIS CAR WITHOUT THE $7500 FEDERAL TAX CREDIT ONLY BECAUSE IT WAS OUT OF OUR PRICE RANGE BUT OVERALL A GREAT CAR I STRONGLY RECOMMEND IT"

Smooth and Efficient

By on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive!"

Cons: "seats are a little stiff"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"It is nice to read on the dashboard "155mpg". It only takes 3.5 hrs for a full 45-50 mile range charge.I spend $22 in gas every month and a half and my electric bill only went up $17/mo. The money I saved in gas, I could have bought 2 volts. When you put the car into "Sport mode" I can take almost any car off the line up to 50 mph...very spunky. It beats any hyrid/electric in looks, performance and efficiency."

Not the worst but still a long way to go

By on Wednesday, January 06, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
4/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Torque, good radio, comfortable seats, quiet"

Cons: "MPG, Resale Value, Quality"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"After owning nearly 26 cars over the past few years, i feel i am a good person to review these cars.. I have owned mine for all of 3 months, and while it is not a terrible car, it's not great either.. The reliability issues are abundant, i have never had a car break so much, and i have owned 26 cars, the reliability is OK but things seem to just break at random.. So far in 3 months, the car has been in the shop for a total of 2 weeks time.. At which i got a nice Malibu to drive around.. Maybe nice isn't the right word for that disaster.. but that's a different review. In 3 months: 1. Inverter shorted out 2. Push button start sensor broke 3. Charging port shorted out Voltec Charging station 4. Steering Column separated at the ball joint. 5. front strut mounts clunking 6. rattles in the door panels 7. fuel release door sticks and at times you can't put gas in the car. 8. Trunk rattle 9. really poor fuel economy on the highway.. 22-30MPG EV/ER The EV range is good, at 38 miles in the summer months, and charging can be done at no more than 48Cents at .06 per KwH. In the winter however due to the battery warmer, it takes close to 3.00 to charge it and you only get about 8miles with the heat on.. which averages out to about 6MPG. Would i buy it again.. If i lived in florida, yes.. but, i don't so, probably would have gotten a corolla.."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

I Love It So Far

By on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Economy, ride, acceleration."

Cons: "Can't think of any."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought a new 2015 base Volt at the end of the model year. So far, I am totally impressed with how it drives and how economical it is. By using "sport" mode and "low" gear, it feels very peppy. The much-maligned controls are actually quite easy to use."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Best vehicle ever owned. High quality

By on Saturday, December 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Exceptional quality performs as expected"

Cons: "Resale, likely due to unsustailable low gas prices"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Volt has performed better than expected. Average 42 miles electric year round on single charge. Comforatble to drive, handles like a sports car."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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