2016-2019
2016 Redesign Year
GM's second-generation electric car with a backup gas engine is much improved. It is quicker and quieter, rides more comfortably, and has easier-to-use controls.
Electric-only range is 50 miles, at which point the engine kicks in to extend the range. It takes 4.5 hours to recharge the car using a 240-volt connection. We got 38 mpg in gas mode. This new 1.5-liter engine acts as a generator, which eliminates the range anxiety common to electric-only vehicles. Visibility is still limited, and the rear seat is cramped and awkward to get into. However, the infotainment system is among the best. The Volt's tepid heat makes the heated seats and steering wheel must-have features. 2019 is the Volt's last year.
$19,825 - $23,250
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$17,000 - $19,800
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$14,825 - $17,725
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$13,450 - $16,175
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2011-2015
2011 Redesign Year
The Volt extended-range electric car is quick, quiet, and responsive, and uses a backup gas engine to extend beyond its electric range. Typically it runs for about 35 miles on electric power.
Once the lithium-ion battery is depleted, the relatively unrefined 1.4-liter engine turns on to extend the driving range. It takes about four hours to recharge about 13 kWh on a 240-volt supply and about 10 hours on 120 volts. We got 2.93 miles per kWh overall and 32 mpg overall on gas mode. Running costs are less than four cents a mile based on national electricity rates, but the cost advantage diminishes once you venture beyond the electric range, in part because the Volt requires premium fuel. Ride and handling are sound. Visibility is wanting, controls are a jumble, and as a four-seater, practicality is compromised.
$11,225
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$9,775
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$8,325
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$7,200
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$6,100
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