The Chevy Volt made its auto-show debut in 2007 as an ultra-modern concept that promised lower emissions and less gasoline usage. When the Volt finally became a production model in 2010, it was toned way down and still used gasoline as a source of energy, though in a limited fashion.
The 2013 model year brings a small number of changes to the volt, including three more miles of all-electric range, a “Hold” drive mode for extra battery range, a body-colored roof and hatch, new Pebble Beige seating color, an upgraded optional audio system, and three new optional packages. This model comes standard with a 149-horsepower electric drive unit and a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery that allows the vehicle to run up to 38 miles on a single charge. A 84-horsepower, 1.4-liter engine kicks on when the battery is depleted to act as a generator for the electric drive unit, which allows for an extra 344 miles of range on a tank of fuel.
The 2013 Chevrolet Volt only comes in one trim level, and that is the Base level. On the outside, this trim level includes LED taillights so drivers behind you can easily see the taillights, heated and power adjustable mirrors for easy adjustment and clearing of frost, 17-inch rims with low-rolling-resistance tires for a stylish look and higher fuel economy, and a rear spoiler for a sporty look. On the inside, the Volt Base includes Chevy MyLink for easy control of all the car’s features, a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/Sirius XM radio with a USB port for awesome entertainment, premium cloth seating for extra comfort on long trips, 7-inch LCD instrumentation for a clearer look at the car’s vitals, and keyless access for easy entry.
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