The Chevy Volt, GM’s plug-in electric range extender, continues to gain ground in the U.S. marketplace and has loyal following among its owners. Like its Opel cousin in Europe and the upcoming Cadillac ELR, the Volt is a plug-in electric vehicle with a four-cylinder gasoline engine that kicks in when the electric range has been reached.
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2014 Chevrolet Volt Overview
What's New for 2014
A $5,000 price cut is a welcome change – the 2014 Volt starts at $34,995, including an $810 destination fee. Even better news for bargain shoppers, the lower price doesn't remove any standard features from the Volt's 2013 equipment level.
With federal tax credits ranging up to $7,500, depending on individual tax liability, pricing could start as low as $27,495. Individual tax situations differ, so consult a tax professional about eligibility prior to claiming any credits.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Volt
The front-wheel drive Volt relies primarily on an electric motor with 149 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. There is also a "range extending" 1.4-liter gas engine that does require premium fuel. It is important to point out that gasoline engine powers a generator so the vehicle is kept in all-electric mode at all times.
You can expect exceptional frugality. Volt owners typically drive 900 miles between fill-ups and visit the gas station about once a month—all thanks to impressive economy numbers of 98 MPGe (electric), 35 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.
All Volts come with Chevrolet MyLink, Bluetooth an AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback and a 7-inch diagonal color touchscreen. Other standard features include automatic climate control, SiriusXM satellite radio, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, push-button start, power windows, power door locks, heated front seats and 17-inch wheels. Keep in mind that a console means you won't be squeezing any fifth passengers into the rear seat, even for the quick drive to a restaurant.
Option packages include:
- Premium Trim, with leather upholstery and heated front seats
- Enhanced Safety, with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear park assist and a rear camera
Standalone options include:
- Bose premium sound system with 7-speakers.
If you're not ready for the plunge into pure electric motoring, or need the flexibility of an extended range, the Chevrolet Volt is an ideal compromise.