2012 Chevrolet Volt

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$39,145

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2012 Chevrolet Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Ride quality
  • Quiet cabin
  • $7,500 federal tax credit
  • Charges on 110 or 220 volts
  • Remote monitoring with smartphone
  • Lowers petroleum use, carbon released

The bad:

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

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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

2012 Chevrolet Volt review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

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. The Volt is essentially a four-door hatchback family car with two rear seats separated by a console that houses part of the car’s long, T-shaped battery pack.

New for 2012
For California buyers, Chevrolet has a new low-emissions version of the 2012 Volt that’s eligible for a $1,500 state rebate and single-occupant access to the state’s high-occupancy vehicle lanes. Newly available features include the Chevrolet MyLink entertainment system, a keyless-entry system and 17-inch aluminum wheels with black accents. Turn-by-Turn Navigation is now included with OnStar.

Exterior
The Volt is unmistakable as a recent Chevy design, and though its profile and rear hatch design suggest it’s something different, it’s not as conspicuously styled as some efficient cars, including the Nissan Leaf. The shieldlike front grille looks like it allows little cooling air into the engine compartment and it’s true, but plenty of air enters through an opening low on the bumper.

As expected, the Volt has two places to “fuel” up: a conventional gas filler door on the right rear fender and a charging port on the driver-side front fender. Exterior features include:

  • LED daytime running lights
  • Power-adjustable heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Seventeen-inch aluminum wheels
  • Available front and rear parking sensors

Interior
The Volt’s cabin seats four and is outfitted with cloth seats; leather is an option. At 10.6 cubic feet, cargo volume is modest for a car of this size, and especially for a hatchback, which typically provides more space than a trunk. For the 2012 model year, the Volt includes three years of full OnStar service standard. Interior features include:

  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Touch-sensitive center controls
  • Cruise control
  • Manually adjustable front seats
  • Folding rear seats
  • CD stereo with 7-inch touch-screen, MP3 jack and USB input
  • Bluetooth cell phone connectivity; Bluetooth streaming audio available (MyLink)
  • Available Pandora and Stitcher compatibility with connected smartphone (MyLink)
  • Available Bose premium speakers
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood
For electric-only operation, the 350-volt, 16-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack propels the car with 149 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque. When the battery is depleted, a 1.4-liter four-cylinder gas engine kicks in with 84 hp to drive an electric generator. The Volt requires premium gasoline.

Chevrolet estimates a fully depleted Volt battery will recharge in 10 to 12 hours using common 120-volt household power. With 240 volts — which requires a charging station — the time drops to four hours. The charging station is sold separately, with installation extra. The car allows owners to schedule charging times to take advantage of off-peak rates. An application for smartphones gives owners remote control over this feature along with detailed monitoring capability. Mechanical features include:

  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electrically assisted power steering

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Front-row knee airbags
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • OnStar, which includes automatic rescue notification in the event of an airbag deployment

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

4.4

One of our three Volts and are still enjoying them

A 2012 is one of our three Volts with the other two being a 2011 and 2016. They have been excellent cars for errands, commuting, and highway travel. Charge them on 120v garage outlets. Mainly drive them on electric but great to have a gas engine as a backup and for longer travel.

3.1

Has engine and battery issues

I wish I never bought this car. I have so many problems with it. When I start driving my engine completely becomes unavailable WHILE I AM AROUND CARS! My battery will not use up at all. It has so many issues. Propulsion power is low. If I were to drive it on the highway it is scary. When it's cold outside, the check engine light comes on and a bunch of messages pop up. I've had this car for 2 months from Planet Auto Sale in Utah. Wouldn't reccomend trusting them to be honest.

4.7

volts rock

love the volt , wish it was a suv , yes , wish it was as fast as a tessy , yes , aside from that it rocks , can fit a full size wash or dryer or stove inside with hatch closed !!! ive done all 3 ( separate trips ) love the car !

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
36 months/36,000 miles
Powertrain
60 months/100,000 miles
Hybrid electric
96 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/100,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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