Used Car: 2013 Chevrolet Volt Review
The 2013 Chevrolet Volt can go farther than most plug-in rivals on electric power alone, but reviewers pointed out that it has limited passenger and cargo space.
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The 2013 Chevrolet Volt has a lithium-ion battery, two electric motors and a four-cylinder gasoline engine. Auto writers said that the Volt has lively, responsive acceleration. According to the EPA, the Volt can travel up to 38 miles on battery power alone and gets 98 mpg-e combined, which is better than most plug-in hybrid rivals’ estimates. Critics wrote that the Volt drives like a normal car, which isn't always the case with hybrids. Some reviewers mentioned that the Volt rides too firmly over bumps, but others said that it’s comfortable. Test drivers agreed that the Chevy Volt remains composed while cornering. Some wrote that its steering is accurate but can feel a bit numb. The Volt’s regenerative brakes seemed touchy to some automotive critics, but they noted that stopping power is decent.
Most critics wrote that the 2013 Chevrolet Volt’s interior has top-notch materials and an attractive design. However, unlike most upscale midsize cars, the Volt’s seating capacity is limited to four people and some reviewers reported that head- and legroom are disappointing in the two back seats. The 2013 Chevy Volt’s cargo space is also quite limited compared to the space in other midsize hybrids at 10.6 cubic feet. Some reviewers noted that the Chevrolet Volt’s touch-sensitive audio and climate controls aren't immediately intuitive and don’t work with gloved hands. Standard features include Chevy’s MyLink touch-screen infotainment system, proximity key, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio and automatic climate control. Available features include front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, navigation, heated front seats, leather trim and a Bose audio system.
Other Cars to Consider
The mild hybrid 2013 Buick Regal eAssist gets excellent fuel economy compared with most upscale midsize cars, and reviewers were impressed with its luxurious cabin materials and user-friendly infotainment system. They also liked the Regal’s agile handling and comfortable ride.
The 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in has more than twice as much cargo space as the Volt, and automotive experts noted that its hatchback design and folding rear seats make its cargo area very versatile. Reviewers also reported that the Prius Plug-in’s rear seats are roomy.