2012 Chevrolet Volt Reviews & Lease Deals

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2012 Chevrolet Volt Quick Facts

High-tech powertrain

Better handling than most hybrids

Low operating cost

Stellar fuel economy

Only seats four

Confusing interior controls

Small trunk

High price

The 2012 Chevrolet Volt ranks 8 out of 19 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on U.S. News analysis of 28 published reviews and test drives of the Chevrolet Volt, and U.S.

News analysis of reliability and safety data.

Reviewers agree that the 2012 Chevrolet Volt is one of the best hybrid cars on the market, thanks to its impressive fuel economy.

The 2012 Chevrolet Volt is one of the automotive press’ favorite hybrid cars. Since the Volt has a gas engine that kicks in after the battery dies, they like that there’s no range anxiety that accompanies all-electric cars. Although the Volt is mostly categorized as a hybrid car, some people, including Chevrolet, call it an extended-range electric vehicle.

The electric motors, which power the Chevy Volt for an EPA-estimated 35 miles, provide lots of power, and reviewers say they are smooth and quiet. The gas engine is also well-liked by auto reviewers.

Test drivers also like that the 2012 Chevrolet Volt is easy and affordable to charge and has a high-quality, modern interior. Its sporty handling also makes it fun to drive. The Volt isn’t without its faults though. It’s expensive compared with other hybrid cars and even most upscale midsize cars.

It also has a small trunk, confusing interior tech and only seats four people.

Overall, test drivers say if you’re shopping for an electric or hybrid car, the 2012 Chevrolet Volt is a great choice because its high-tech powertrain helps make the car very fuel-efficient. Reviewers note that all this plug-in hybrid technology comes with a high price tag though.

As you cross-shop fuel-efficient cars, add the Toyota Prius Plug-in to your list. The Prius Plug-in is a new Prius model, and like the Volt, owners can recharge its battery at home. The Prius Plug-in gets better fuel economy in gas/hybrid mode, but the Volt operates more efficiently on electric power alone. The Volt also has a longer electric-only range of 35 miles, which is more than twice as far as the Prius Plug-in’s 15-mile range.

The Prius Plug-in can be recharged in about three hours using a standard 120-volt outlet, which is much faster than the Volt’s 10-to-12-hour charging time using a standard outlet.

The Nissan Leaf is another car to consider if you’re shopping for a pure electric vehicle. However, the Leaf’s range is limited to 100 miles. Once the battery dies, there’s no back-up gas engine to keep the car going.

This makes the Leaf ideal for drivers looking for a car for shorter commutes. Unlike the Volt, the Leaf can’t handle longer road trips though.

The 2012 Chevrolet Volt is available in one trim level with the option of a couple upgrade packages. For 2012, Chevrolet made the formerly standard navigation and Bose audio system optional, which lowers the base price slightly. Most everything else is unchanged for 2012.

See the full list of 2012 Chevrolet Volt specs.

The 2012 Chevrolet Volt is more fun to drive than most hybrid cars. Additionally, reviewers say the Volt’s electric motors and gas engine combine to give it plenty of power.

Car reviewers are divided on the Volt’s looks. Some say it’s handsome, while some say they wish it looked sleeker.

The 2012 Chevrolet Volt’s interior gets high marks from test drivers for its futuristic design and high-quality materials. But the Volt only seats four and has a small trunk, which disappoints many reviewers.

The 2012 Chevrolet Volt receives the highest overall crash test scores from the federal government and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The 2012 Chevrolet Volt reliability score shown is the Predicted Reliability rating provided by J.D. Power and Associates. Chevrolet covers the 2012 Volt with a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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