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2013 Chevy Volt Hatchback

2013 Chevrolet Volt Review

(0 Stars)  The poster child for American electric vehicles.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
The Volt’s electric-only range went up by 3 miles to 38 miles, and a body-color roof and hatch are now standard. Drive modes—Normal, Sport, and Mountain—can now be manually selected to help drivers get the most out of their battery charge. Lane-departure warning and forward-collision alert have been added to the options list, and GPS-enabled navigation using Chevy MyLink is now available.
Overview
Although it’s now entering its second model year, the Volt has yet to come close to the original sales goals projected by GM. The company is remaining optimistic, though. It helps that the Volt achieved its highest monthly sales to date in August and that it continues to outsell the Nissan Leaf. Despite the slow sales, little has changed about the Volt since its introduction: it has a gasoline four-cylinder under the hood as well as a 150-hp electric motor. The electric motor can power the vehicle on its own for about thirty-eight miles, after which the gasoline engine kicks in to spin a generator, propelling the car for an additional 300-plus miles. 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 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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2013 Volt Base Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.4L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Electric / premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 95 MPG city, 93 MPG highway, 98 MPG combined and 380 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: 84 hp @ 4,800 rpm; 93 lb ft

'13 Chevy Hatchback Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  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 Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
  Safety  
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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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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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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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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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