Test Drive Chevrolet Volt a highpowered package Times Free Press

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Test Drive: Chevrolet a high-powered package


* Model: 2013 Chevrolet Hatchback

* Exterior color:

* Interior color: Pebble

* Engine: Lithium-ion electric 1.4-liter gas engine

* Horsepower: 149

* economy: 98 MPG (equivalent), combined

* Dealer: Integrity Chevrolet

* (as tested): $42,780

Any discussion of the new of plug-in hybrid cars as the Chevy Volt starts the bottom line.

Chevrolet’s returns the equivalent of 98 miles per in all-electric mode according to tests, saving the average a cool $6,850 in fuel over a five-year span compared to a mid-size, gasoline-powered

The Volt accomplishes this mileage while delivering a driving experience. Although its battery-powered motor makes 149 horsepower, it delivers 273 pound-feet of In the parlance of human athletes, the has an incredibly quick first

But it’s the Volt’s auxiliary range-extending gas engine that it a practical choice for commuters who need to travel several miles between charges. The can travel about 38 miles on power only, while the gas sits in reserve to generate in a pinch, extending the range to 300 miles.

To compute the true of owning a Volt requires a math. Consider the MRSP, in the of our top-of-the-line test car $42,780, the five-year fuel savings and a federal credit you may recoup at tax ($7,500), and you come up with (more or less) to compare traditional, mid-sized cars. have to assign your own for saving the planet.

Integrity Chevrolet sales Aaron Knight noted an commuter might spend $1.60 a day to keep a Volt and might go about 900 miles fill-ups.



Two things jump out at you about the

A.) It’s a nice looking Our black test car from looked especially aggressive compared to most hybrids — let’s face it suffer from rather wimp factor.

B.) The interior is more upscale that high-mileage champs — perhaps the electric Tesla S which costs about as much and exists in a luxury of its own. (Can’t wait to see the new ELR which should give some competition among electric cars.)

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The cockpit of our Volt tester is furnished, with firm, seats, a futuristic dash and cluster and high-quality materials. Fit and inside and out is first rate.

As an to the T-shaped battery pack, the seat is built for two passengers and leg for back-seat passengers is consequently

The Volt does offer storage options however, about 10.6 cubic of space available with the seats up — enough for a trip to BiLo and a side to Home Depot thrown in for measure. Folding the rear down introduces even options.

Standard equipment includes entry and ignition, 17-inch wheels, heated outside GM’s MyLink infotainment OnStar emergency system and LED lights.

Our test car added the Premium Trim Pack: seating surfaces, heated seats, leather wrapped wheel and rear-seat arm-rests. A speaker package from ($495) and navigation ($895), the price up a bit more.


Driving the Volt on a test around Chickamauga Lake, it was to imagine a comfortable daily punctuated by short bursts of There’s something about an car, with its instant that never fails to me smile.

Finding a good driving is easy and outward visibility is (although the A-pillars are a bit large). The operation of the electric motor be a joy after a stressful day at work. The noise you hear is the rush of under the tires.

The four-cylinder gas engages seamlessly when the are about 70 percent discharged, to GM. Recharging after an average takes about 10 hours in garage.

No matter what you about fuel cells and exotic energy sources, electric hybrids with vast fuel economy and drive systems are definitely to stay. A test drive in the reminds you that it will one day be one of the true landmark automobiles of generation.

And that alone is enough to it a look.

Contact Mark at mkennedy@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6645. Follow him on @TFPCOLUMNIST. Subscribe to his Facebook at www.facebook.com/mkennedycolumnist.

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