Best Bet
(4.8) 81 reviews
MSRP: $6,341$20,121
Body Style: Hatchback
Combined MPG: 94
Engine: 149-hp, (electric)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 1-speed automatic
2012 Chevrolet Volt

Our Take on the 2012 Chevrolet Volt

Our Take

The Volt is a car Chevrolet hopes will revolutionize transportation. Unlike conventional hybrids, which drive the wheels with electric or gas power, the Volt is a battery-powered electric car that has a gas-powered range-extending generator onboard to keep the car going if the charge runs out. T... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Limited cargo space
  • Requires premium gas
  • Rear window wiper needed
  • Range varies with temperature, terrain
  • Look, feel of touch-sensitive center control panel

Notable Features

  • Now eligible for $1,500 California rebate, single-occupant HOV-lane access
  • Plug-in battery-electric car
  • Gas-powered range-extending generator
  • 35-mile electric range
  • Gas-powered range of 300-plus miles
  • 8-year/100,000-mile battery warranty

1 Trim Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.