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2012 Chevy Volt Hatchback

2012 Chevrolet Volt Review

(0 Stars)  The only extended-range electric vehicle for sale in the United States.

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Overview
It's understandable if you've never seen a Chevrolet Volt in person because, until just recently, it was available only in a handful of markets. By the end of 2011, however, the revolutionary Volt will be available from sea to shining sea. In fact, after the recent upgrades at the Detroit plant where the Volt is assembled, GM claims that the Volt will be produced in large enough numbers to be sold in Canada, China, and Europe by year's end. Although it drives like any other single-gear electric vehicle, the Volt is unique because it packs a 1.4-liter gasoline four-cylinder engine under the hood. The 150-hp electric motor can power the vehicle on its own for about thirty-five miles, after which the gasoline engine kicks in to spin a generator, propelling the car for an additional 300-plus miles. It goes without saying that the Volt is no sports car, but it steers well, has a decent ride, and is surprisingly buttoned down despite riding on low-rolling-resistance tires. Inside, the Volt is comfortable but lacks the refinement of Chevrolet's newest vehicles, such as the Cruze and the Malibu. The center console in particular is a low point both in design and functionality. The Volt is offered only in a single trim level with just two available options packages: the premium trim package, which adds heated front seats and perforated leather trim on the seats and steering wheel; and the park assist package, which includes a backup camera and front and rear parking sensors.

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2012 Volt Base Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.4L in-line four-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Electric / premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 95 MPG city, 93 MPG highway, 94 MPG combined and 350 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
9.3gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 149 hp and 273 ft lb of torque
Secondary fuel economy:
Secondary power: 83 hp @ 4,800 rpm; 93 lb ft

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'12 Chevy Hatchback Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
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Cup Holders
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Knee Air Bag
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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