2012 Chevrolet Volt

The Good The 2012 Chevrolet Volt features an extremely flexible power train, offering the best of electric efficiency and gasoline-powered range. Power delivery is smooth and effortless. A good array of standard cabin tech options and great-sounding premium audio are available.

The Bad The Volt's instrument cluster and dashboard are a cluttered mess. The brakes don't inspire confidence. The navigation system lacks advanced features.

The Bottom Line Mileage has never varied more than it will between two 2012 Chevrolet Volt owners, but with regular charging, this part-time EV is capable of fantastic efficiency -- just don't look too hard at its dashboard.

Editors' Rating
  • Cabin tech 6.0
  • Performance tech 9.0
  • Design 6.0
7.1 Overall

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Review

2012 Chevrolet Volt

The Volt's been around for about a year now and still no one that I ran into during my week with this high-profile vehicle seemed to understand how it works.

"Don't you have to plug it up?" "Wait, so it's a hybrid?" "I can't drive a car that only goes 40 miles!" These quotes come from automotive enthusiasts, people who I talk cars with regularly. Clearly Chevrolet/GM has some issues with its message.

The confusion probably lies in Chevrolet's unwillingness to call the Volt what it is: a plug-in hybrid. Instead, the automaker prefers the term range-extended electric vehicle (RE-EV). Granted, neither designation is technically wrong, but when people hear the term "hybrid" they immediately understand that there's a gasoline filler somewhere on the vehicle. Instead, every conversation about the Volt has to begin with a long explanation about why you'd put gas into an EV.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $39,145
  • Brand Chevrolet
  • Available Engine Hybrid
  • Body style Hatchback
  • Trim levels 4dr
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model 2012 Chevrolet Volt

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