The Chevy Volt is the most fuel-efficient car with a gasoline engine currently sold in the U.S. -- and it's easy to see why. While most plug-in cars can make it about 20 miles tops before switching to hybrid mode, the Volt can run up to 38 miles on battery before switching over to its 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine.
On top of being economical, the Volt also has a decent range of standard features and excellent crash test scores to recommend itself. But perhaps the biggest perk to choosing a Volt in 2014 is its new price tag: $5,000 less than in 2013. This makes the Volt less expensive than competitors such as the Honda Accord Hybrid, and levels the playing field among rivals like the Toyota Prius.
Not much is different for the Volt in 2014, aside from its enormous price drop -- and we think that's change enough.
The Chevy Volt comes in just one trim level. It gets class-leading mileage, averaging up to 18 miles more on battery life than competing models. Front-wheel drive is standard.
Standard features including a 7-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, automatic climate control, keyless entry and ignition, and a six-speaker sound system.
The Premium Trim package, Enhanced Safety package 1 and Enhanced Safety package 2 throw in niceties like leather upholstery, parking sensors, a rearview camera, and lane departure warning.
Buyers interested in just one or two items can choose from features like an upgraded 7-speaker Bose sound system and heated front seats.
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Quick charging time and known for its reliability, but not as fun to drive as other models
High fuel economy and a quality interior, but the price tag is higher than most rivals
Good interior space with a wide selection of features, but the electric motor doesn't cover as much ground as some competitors
Stylish design and engaging handling, but it could have higher mileage, considering how much it costs